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Clanconnel #1 McGrath’s Irish Red Ale

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Clanconnel
Brewed at Hilden

Style: Irish Ale
Craigavon, Northern Ireland
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
McGrath’s Irish Red is named in honour of the ’Mighty’ Master McGrath, the greatest greyhound to have ever raced and who won the hare coursing Waterloo Cup 3 times in 1868, 1869 and 1871. Owned by the 2nd Baron, Lord Lurgan of Lurgan, Co Armagh Master McGrath became the town’s most famous sporting hero being renowned both nationally and internationally. During his racing career he was defeated only once in 37 course meetings. A medium bodied traditional ale, combining the caramel sweetness of the malts with toasted biscuit notes, balanced carefully by the earthy hops, finishing slightly dry but smooth on the palate. To be savoured on its own is a must...however it can equally be enjoyed when paired with meat or game dishes.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mR_fr0g (7237) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2015
Bottle at home thanks to Mum and Dad. A rare Irish ale tick. Reddy amber brown coloured pour with a small greyish head. Aroma is sweet caramel, nutty toasted malts, some jammy fruits, strawberry. Unrefined sugars. Flavour is composed of semi sweet brown bready toasted malts, mineral, chalky. Palate is semi sweet chalky, moderate carbonation, OK.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheKernOwl (66) - West Sussex, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2015
Faint nose (dried fruit / apricot / parsley / barbecue?). Too fizzy though.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnfryd (13588) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 12, 2015
KŘLF 150515. Dark amber colour with a beige head. Aroma is malt, caramel, hay. Flavour is fruit, malt, caramel, hay. Medium body. Ordinary beer.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
alex_leit (1167) - Minsk, BELARUS - AUG 24, 2015
Bottle 500 ml. Red copper color with good white foam. Aroma: caramel, fruits and hazelnut. Taste: watery, a little caramel, malt and jam.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
flying_pig (1304) - SCOTLAND - JUL 23, 2015
500ml bottle from Winemark, Enniskillen (Ł2.59):
This one was a solid, if slightly uninteresting, Irish red ale that was fairly traditional in style with little variation from the norm. There was a nice balance to proceedings but I felt it could have been a little more pronounced with the smell & a few flavours more difficult to detect than I’d have liked at times. It was an easy beer to drink but it’s not really one worth seeking out, it was all pretty average if I’m honest.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jredmond (6938) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 22, 2015
Bottle purchased in Derry, shared with Linh and Scarlett in Donegal, Ireland - July 2015. Pours a deep red body with thin white lacing. Aroma is light caramel toffee. Mouthfeel is light bodied with notes of light caramel, toffee, soft malt and light dark fruits.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beer5000 (5469) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 17, 2015
500 ml bottle. Clear amber body with a light, but lacing off-white head. Aroma is mild malt and hardly not much more. Flavor is sweetish rather dark malt with some kind of bitterness, not any fresh hops in the flavor. Medium body and moderate aftertaste. Drinkable but rather boring.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
vinivini (909) - BELARUS - JUN 2, 2015
Copper liquid, minimal head. Caramely aroma with a little grassy hop note. Light body. Thin & watery. Sweetish taste of caramel. The palate fails definitely.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Borup (9446) - Albertslund, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2014
50 cl. bottle. Clear dark amber colour with a small off-white head. Aroma and flavour of malt, caramel, nuts, hops and grassy.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
SperkeleForce (791) - FINLAND - NOV 28, 2014
Bottle 50 CL. Pours copper reddish with small white lacing head. Notes of grass, nuts, citrus,toasty. Decent taste with slight bitterness but too watery body.

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