ciaranc (584) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 20, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle, Redmonds Ranelagh. Cloudy dark amber gold. thin white head which doesnt last. Subtle nose, notes of dusty malt, toast, grain, floral hints and caramel. The challenger hops are there too, subtle as you like. Flavour is a touch watery up front, followed by some caramel and toasted malt, grassy residual hops come later, its really unexpectedly bitter. Flavours intensify as it warms. Quite thin bodied, as per the style of English bitters, medium carbonation. Finish is bitter, with a twist of malt somewhere in the background. A really good reproduction of the style from one of Irelands best breweries.
Creedence (222) - Cork, IRELAND - FEB 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at the Franciscan Well Winter Ale Festival. Beautiful aromas of cake, malt, citrus. Pours golden, thin white head. Strong bitterness with light sweetness. Lovely Strawberry, lemon and malt flavours. Light - medium body. Refreshing lingering bitterness. Surprisingly complex for a bitter, one of my favorites of the festival, even though I’m not a bitter fan!
ACD (527) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask conditioned at the Bull & Castle, Dublin. Hazy amber with nice tight white head - great retention. Subtle nose: floral and woody notes, with a hint of citrus and earthy spice. Taste is again delicately balanced with plenty of biscuit and bready malt combining with floral and earthy hop tones. Nice bitter orange note near the finish too. Fairly crisp bitter finish. A thoroughly well balanced session bitter - lucky to get it in such great condition too.
omhper (18326) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled, from The Drink Store, Dublin. Hazy bronze colour, rich head. Very floral nose with some hay. Dry and crisp with light body. Gentle fruity bready malt under a wealth of floral, hay-like hops. Distinct resiny bitterness. A surprisingly tasty bottle conditioned bitter from my favourite Irish brewery.
culchiem (2035) - Berlin, GERMANY - NOV 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Foggy amber with a thin head. Aroma is sharp bitter hop. Flavour is fruity pepper hop, tangy with a long lingering bitter palate
Sizzler80 (382) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark orange pour with frothy off-white head, flecks of yeast floating around the glass. Aroma: orange, caramel malt, floral, hops, grass, spice. Taste: sweet and sour. You get the orange, caramel, slight pepper spice and hops. Taste profile more subdued. Very refreshing and good carbonation and with the low alcohol count you can certainly enjoy a few.
Beersiveknown (2116) - NORTHERN IRELAND - SEP 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home.
Pours light amber-brown with a fluffy offwhite head that reduces to about a third of its size after a few moments. The aroma leaps out of the glass, nettles and black pepper with honeyed malt beneath, a slight sourness at first and some redcurrant then a vegetal note, a touch of papery hops, and a long dry bitter finish. Spot on conditioning too, a fantastic bottled bitter.
keadec (6) - Not your concern, IRELAND - JUL 23, 2012 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear light tangerine with a pale yellow hue, good frothy head and busy carbonation that soon settles to a medium low.
Smell is of toasted hops and malts
Taste is hops, barley, malts, spice, some citrus and grass tones.
Experience. Light and bitter, but none the less smooth and well balanced with a spicy kick to it. Site well on the tongue with a good length in taste and a good after taste.