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Dungarvan Comeragh Challenger Bitter

Dungarvan Comeragh Challenger Bitter
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Brewed by Dungarvan Brewing Company Ltd.
Style: Bitter
Waterford, Ireland
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
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The second in our range of ’Brewer’s Series’ bottled seasonal beers, Comeragh Challenger is a limited edition beer for summer 2012 which will be distributed throughout Ireland from the end of May. A traditional, English-style bitter hopped solely with Challenger hops. The malty profile and floral hops make for an elegant and understated ale. Comeragh Challenger was first brewed for the Irish Craft Beer Festival which was held at the RDS in Dublin, and after positive feedback was on tap again at festivals in Cork and Galway this year. Due to the positive reaction it received, and thinking how ideal it would be as a summer tipple, head brewer Cormac O’Dwyer decided to release a bottled version as the ‘Brewer’s Select’ summer beer for 2012. Traditionally, English bitters are made with the very hard water profile which occurs at Burton-on-Trent, the home of brewing in England. In West Waterford, the hard water profile means flavours of the English bitter style can be replicated. Coupled with this, the beer is hopped solely with Challenger hops, an English hop used in many traditional bitters. At 3.8%, this is an easy-drinking beer that will be perfect for summer barbeque days! What’s in a name? The name Comeragh Challenger was chosen after a discussion on Twitter with some beer enthusiasts – wanting to include Challenger in the name but not coming to any conclusions himself Cormac decided to ask his twitter followers to help out and the name was suggested by one – it refers to the 160km route of the Sean Kelly Tour which takes place in the Comeragh mountain range each August, called the Comeragh Challenge. Having ’borrowed’ the name, surely 2012 is the year for our brewer to complete the course... Tasting notes: An English-style pale ale which is brewed using the naturally ocurring hard water of West Waterford and hopped solely with Challenger hops to produce a traditional bitter. The malty profile and floral hops make for an elegant and understated ale. Bottle conditioned beer. Best served at 10-12°C, or chilled if preferred. Suitable for Vegans.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
elbernays (308) - IRELAND - DEC 12, 2013
This is a subtle beer. Cloudy dark marmalade orange. Thinning head. Citrus blood orange aroma, yeasty, dough, dusty malts. Flavour is bread, sweet, citrus, spice, banana. This is nearly like a wheat beer but is lighter and is watery on the start with an strong bitterness on the finish. Light body. Enjoyable bitter and a lot better than you get across the water. Nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
ciaranc (706) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 20, 2013
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Creedence (282) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 17, 2013
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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ACD (569) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 26, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (18949) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
culchiem (2298) - Berlin, GERMANY - NOV 10, 2012
Bottle. Foggy amber with a thin head. Aroma is sharp bitter hop. Flavour is fruity pepper hop, tangy with a long lingering bitter palate

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sizzler80 (419) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 22, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beersiveknown (2473) - NORTHERN IRELAND - SEP 11, 2012
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
keadec (6) - Not your concern, IRELAND - JUL 23, 2012 does not count
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.

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