Review - Strangford Lough Brewing Company's St. Patrick's Best Ale
"St. Patrick's Best is one of three Irish beers from our St. Patrick's range, alongside St. Patrick's Ale/Dark and Gold. Here is some information about the man the beers are named after:
St. Patrick set sail for Ireland in 432AD, landing initially at Inver Dee, Co Wicklow and then in Strangford Lough at the village of Raholp. He converted the local chieftian Dichu to Christianity, building his first church at Saul. Returning to Slemish, the scene of his captivity, he made Armagh the primacy of the Christian Church in Ireland. Light and refreshing on the palate, our session best bitter has a classic Irish malt & traditional hop aroma. Light amber in colour, this smooth beer has hints of caramel with a woody bitterness." -- Strangford Lough
Pours a medium to dark amber color with a large frothy tan head with excellent retention. Still body. Super sticky lacing remains after the head subsides with thick bands of residue. Initial aroma is of light bready malts, followed by some dark fruit undertones of dates and plums. Initially lightly sweet, it closes with some musty, grassy hop notes. Medium creamy body, long duration, no alcohol presence, finishes watery. High drinkability, good session brew.
Reviewed on September 4th, 2010.