Liamrua (34) - Waterford, IRELAND - JAN 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle from The Wine Centre, Kilkenny. Nice golden hazy colour, thin head disappears and slight lacing. Surprisingly fresh fruity aromas; melon, floral. Beautiful well balanced floral, fruity taste with reasonable carbonation and a long lasting finish. Iím very impressed with this first from Blacks, one of the best pale ales Iíve had.
Creedence (282) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Porterhouse Cork. Pours a very hazy golden Orange, with a short foamy head. Nice lacing. Aroma is very fruity and very floral - full of citrus, tropical fruits, light summer berries and light grassiness. Very enticing. The taste is very well rounded, with light sweetness and medium bitterness giving way to the slightest of sour hints. Really tasty, again quite fruity. Finish is refreshingly level carbonation with a good bitter aftertaste. A real thirst-quencher, with real flavour and real bite. Comfortably the best Irish pale ale on the market. Remarkable start from Blacks.
culchiem (2570) - Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught. Hazy orange with a firm white head. Aroma is orange and grapefruit. Flavour is fruity bitter hop, grainy lingering dry bitterness. Good beer but a bit overpriced.
ciaranc (917) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 23, 2013
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml bottle. Slight hazy, orange tinted gold. White head which fizzes away to nothing. Not much activity in the glass. Nose isnít great, sugary notes, home brew like. Grain, some fruity hops. Flavour is better, dry, grapefruit bitterness. Robust body, fizzy carbonation. Finish is bittersweet with a touch of paper. Not sure about this bottle, will rerate. Disappointing.
Sizzler80 (459) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap in Bull and Castle. Amber pour with a decent white head. Very aromatic and thank you Kinsale for putting in a decent amount of hops. Pine, grapefruit, toffee,cat pee. Very crisp, refresing and tasty. Certainly one of the best Irish Pales so far.
garthicus (2693) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: golden orange, seems a little hazy. Small white head. Aroma: hoppy, some corn, grain, grass, banana, lemon peel. Flavour: Bitter grain, hoppy, grassy, a little bran, tangy with a long citrus finish. Not bad at all.
BrewCity (5) - IRELAND - JUN 28, 2013 does not count
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Citrusy aroma, pleasantly hoppy flavor, clear golden color, lovely summer beer.
Beersiveknown (3072) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JUN 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2014 Bottle at home from the brewery
slightly hazy burnished gold with lacing of white head. Mango pith and dusty lemons and some cattiness on the nose. Medium carbonation, digestive biscuit malt, citrus pith and slight mango with dry bitterness and lemon shortcake finish. Almost spot on, a little less carbonation and itíd be killer. One of the best Irish pales.
Keg at brewery and Folkhouse
Some fried onions and really dank hops on nose (centennial dry hop?) but that dissipates. Really fresh, carbonation lower than in bottle form so really spot on. Need more!
ACD (652) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUN 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle. Pours light gold/orange with thin white head. Aroma is very floral, with hints of sweet pineapple, mango, light citrus and a bit of straw. Taste gives plenty of citrus - a nice grapefruit and lime bite - with sweet pineapple, a touch of tangerine, light herbs. Fairly creamy malt character - biscuit and cake-dough with a bit of straw. Some light pine comes in near the finish with the herbal notes - lingers into the aftertaste. Tasty citric bitterness, but nothing overpowering. Clean and crisp. For a first brew from an Irish start-up, this is excellent - knocks most of the competition out of the ballpark.