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Dungarvan Comeragh Challenger Bitter

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.52/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stoutjunkie (88) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 3, 2015
light foamy head, lots of carbonation. floral hop aroma. beer is amber/orange colour. nice bitter after taste.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hoptimusPrimed (115) - SPAIN - APR 28, 2015
From bottle. A lot of head, perhaps my fault as a little colder than recommended. Average taste, nothing jumping out on the palette.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
triskaideka (291) - Killarney, IRELAND - JUL 21, 2014
Bottle at home - pours amber with while head - aroma of floral hops - incredibly reminiscent of English bitters. Malty, cereal taste with hoppy bitterness in the tail. Pretty, pretty good

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stravale (2648) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - JUL 16, 2014
Bottle from Desmond’s Next Door, Kimmage [130714]
Orange, hazy, frothy white head, some lacing
Aroma of pale malts, soft bit earthy spicy hops, light aroma
Taste of pale malts, bitter spicy earthy hops, brown leaves, touch of soft fruits, twiggy, touch of citrus zest, flavour not great when cold from fridge but improved after warming up. lot of flavour for abv, hoppy beer
Palate - soft carb, light body, bitter palate. Finish - lingering considerably bitter earthy finish...too bitter to be honest
Overall - It’s a well made beer, I should be giving it 7 for taste and around 3.3 but I’m just not keen on the flavour profile of these hops...I feel they should be used more subtly

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerfest5 (1206) - Cloneen, IRELAND - JUN 20, 2014
500 mL bottle. Pours a bright gold to amber, large off white head that lasts, some lacing. Chewy caramel, apple, forest floor, fruity hops in the aroma. Taste is that plus fresh bread and orange zest. Finish is remarkably long bitter. Full mouthfeel with a perfect carbonation level. Excellent interpretation of the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (14958) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2014
Bottle at home, from Callans Dundalk, with what must be the longest write up for a 3.8% bitter ever !!! 05/05/14. Clear vibrant golden with a good sized off white covering that retains well - a good looker! Nose is summer fruit, orchard wood, biscuit crumbs, light apple. Taste comprises light citric notes, hint of bread dough, straw, crisp apple skin, light caramel. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with subtle bitter tones. A well made bitter, not to be filed under ’boring’!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
elbernays (1037) - Dublin, 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 (1102) - 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 (286) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - 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
Beermack (725) - London, ENGLAND - 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.

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