It shouldn’t be a surprise that here on MonkeyBrewster we often revisit an Irish theme. I’ve highlighted a few Irish brews on my New Brew Tuesday feature, such as Dundee Irish Red Lager, Ohara’s Irish Stout, and the Black-n-Tan vs the Half-n-Half. I talked about my St. Patty’s day celebration in Cleveland last year, which I’m doing one better by revisiting and adding my weeding to my fiancé to it this year. I even highlighted an Irish pub in Rio de Janeiro that I visited every once in a while when I was living in Brazil. Being so close to St. Patrick’s day I feel I must revisit all things Irish and take a look at 4 Irish/Irish style beers. I can’t really tell you what an Irish beer is, even the beloved Guinness is owned and run by an English company, Diageo. True Guinness is still made in Ireland, at least some of it is, but this is all tit for tat and is missing the point. The point you ask? Let’s Drink!
Type: Beer - Irish Stout
Name: Murphey’s stout
Made: UK (Ireland)
This is dark colored stout that has a nice thick head that sticks to the glass. It has that coffee scent to it and the taste is coffee like but almost an iced coffee taste. It isn’t too strong in any of its flavorings although I can catch a hint of. Overall I was a bit disappointed with this beer, it has that dark Guinness look but doesn’t have the taste. Which I realize no other stout has that taste, but it didn’t even have the Lion Stout taste. Sadly this stout fiddled out only 2 out of 5 bananas on its rating.
Type: Beer -Euro-Pale Lager
Made: Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada (Ireland)
This beer has a nice but pungent smell, thicker and more aroma than the Murphy’s Stout. The color is a light yellow but it’s thick full taste and full of hops. Harp has a nice dry finish, the hops tingles the tip of your tongue as you drink this one down, although that could simply be because unlike the Murphey’s or Wexford this is a carbonated beer. This is a good quality mass produced lager that is easy to find at any Irish pub and goes good with your Black-n-Tan (Half-n-Half), and happens to be produced under Guinness Ltd. However, it is still mass produced so it does have a generic lager taste, albeit a better quality than you can typically find. This hearty lager earns 3 out of 5 bananas.
Type: Beer - Irish Red Ale
Made: Dublin, Ireland
This beer, pronounced “Smidick’s” has a thicker head than the Harp and was more of a mild spiced less hops type beer. Head lasted longer than the Murphey’s Stout surprisingly. It is a full flavored beer that like Harp is mass produced by Guinness Ltd. Although it is spiced it is still slightly watered down, missing a kick as if they tamed it down a bit. It is an easy Irish beer to enjoy if you are looking to dabble in the world of beer and don’t want too much of a hops bite in your brew. It isn’t my favorite Irish Red Ale but it is still one of my favorite styles of beer so I’m a bit biased in that manner which is why it earned 3 1/2 out of 5 bananas.
Type: Beer - English Bitter
Name: Original Wexford Irish Style Crème Ale drought
Made: United Kingdom
This brew was different, and not the good kind. I’m not sure what was going on here, the color is not what I was expecting with a yellow/copper-ish color to it and a thick cream head. OK the cream head I was expecting but not the color. It had a toffee, vanilla and caramel mix taste that just didn’t blend right for my liking. It had a creamy mouth feel, yet still tasted watered down, it just was not impressive. This brew, like the Murphy’s Stout was served in a nitro-can which could attribute to the change in flavoring from what I was expecting. This beer only earns 1/2 out of 5 bananas. Sorry Wexford.
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