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Franciscan Well Alpha Dawg


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Formerly brewed at Franciscan Well (MolsonCoors)
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Cork, Ireland
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.64/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
Bottle only limted to 1000 India Pale Ales were traditionally brewed stronger and hoppier than conventional ales of the mid 1800’s in order to survive the 3 months voyage around the African continent and across the Indian ocean. As the barrels were kept in motion by the movement of the ship at sea, the yeast would stay in suspension and result in a more attenuated drier ale. Alpa Dawg was brewed with the finest Marris Otter malt, the high alpha UK hop ’Admiral’ was used for bittering and the American hop ’Cascade’ for aroma. Resulting in a beer of complex flavour and character, one for the hopheads !!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ciaranc (1102) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 9, 2013
750ml bottle from Redmonds. Hazy gold, minimal head which settles to a residue on the liquid. Good nose - citrus, a little lime, spruce pine, grass and a good whack of caramel. Flavour follows the nose, bright citrus fruit and bready malt up front, followed by mellow caramel in the finish. Hops are there alright, but always play second fiddle to that big sweet malt. Palette is quite dry, nice body, robust but quaff-able. Carbonation very soft. Finish is long and mellow. Nice, we are getting closer to a decent Irish IPA, now for one in a 330/500ml bottle which doesnt cost 10+ euro.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Creedence (287) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2013
Cask at Franciscan Well Winter Ale Festival. Lovely aroma of fresh cut grass, and citrus. Pours pale golden, with a thin white head with lacing. Taste of citrus, grass, hops - both bitter and sweet. Palate - light, refreshing, lingering bitter hops. Overall - tasty and refreshing, probably the best Irish IPA I’ve tasted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Vir4030 (600) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2012
Pours a light yellow with a thin head from a 1L bomber brought back from Ireland. Light aroma but a more watery flavor. Slightly sweet malting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beersiveknown (5076) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAR 25, 2012
Bottle shared at home, from Drinkstore.ie Pours dark amber with fluffy white head. Strong earthy, spicy English hop aroma. Not much of the cascade made it through it seems. Competently balanced IPA but would have liked more uplifting citrus. Much preferred the ESB last month.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beermack (725) - London, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2014 Litre bottle. Pours gold/amber with small white head - good lacing, light carbonation. Grass and pine on the nose, earthy notes as well as flickers of tropical fruit - light passionfruit. Taste full of earthy bitter british hop flavour, pine resin comes through, but not overly tongue-coating. Tropical flavours from the c-hop there too - pineapple and passionfruit. Good bread and caramel malt backbone - lovely balance. Full mouthfeel and a satisfyingly lingering bitterness at the finish. Hope they plan to make more of this seasonal special - very impressed.

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