A selection of barbecue wines, given to me by a mate from France I think two or three are available in Ireland.
1) Domaine Begude Pinot Noir 2013
A simple well made commercial style Pinot from South of France with smooth soft red berry and cherry palate 2.5/5
2) Domaine de la Casa Blanca ‘ Colliure’ 2011
100% Grenache Noir gives a big black and red berry compot nose with clove and cinnamon spice. Rich robust and fruity palate 4/5
3) Clos del Rey ‘La Sabina’ 2011
A blend of Syrah and Grenache Noir. Big sweet black jammy fruit nose and palate with decent length on the finish. 3/5
4) Domaine de Nozay Sancerre 2010
Classic Sancerre nose with minerally citrus fruit. The bit of bottle age has lead to a honey citrus flavour on the palate with a touch of slatey quince. 2/3 a little past it I think.
5) Sinson Touraine Sauvignon 2013
More like it for a Loire Sauvignon fresh gooseberry with herbal and minerally notes on the nose. Crisp and refreshing dry palate with nice green citrus fruits4/5
Buxton Special Reserve No.5 is an 8.4% big, bold, double IPA. It’s fresh, piney, big-bodied and with a bitterness that’ll slap you in the chops. That’s according to there website. Buxton is a small brewer in Derbyshire whose head brewer is an Irish man called Colin Stronge. Over the last few weeks I’ve tried a selection of they’re beers on tap or in bottle around Galway.
So starting with one of there heavy hitters Wyoming Sheep Ranch at 8.4%. Pours Cloudy, orangey amber colour with average frothy head. Citrusy notes of grapefruit, a touch of resin and pine. The palate is bitter hoppy and caramel malty. The hop notes on the finish has hints of grapefruit, orange and lemon. This beer drinks like a beer of lower abv, it’s a lovely fresh and clean DIPA. 5/5
Recently I’ve been fairly busy with work so I haven’t devoted enough time to the maintenance and up keep of this blog. Hopefully that is gonna change, I may have been pretty busy at work but that doesn’t mean I haven’t had a tipples along the way.
Hogs Back Gardener’s Tipple 4.0%
Described as a ‘A refreshing “thirst quenching bitter”’ and that’s exactly what it is! Poured amber colour with a quickly fading puffy head. Nice zesty citrus and orange peel over treacle on the nose. The palate gives you exactly the same flavours. A nice balance between sweet malt and bitter hop. A real nice session beer. 4/5
Hogs Back Hop Garden Gold 4.4%
Described as ‘a fine blend of best English malted barley and fresh local Fuggles hops’. This beer pours an Orange/yellow colour, with a quick fading head. with a caramel spice nose. The palate is sweet malty with fuggles spice notes. Not my type of beer but I’m sure it has it’s fans. 2/5
Southern Hemisphere hops in Northern hemisphere beers. First up 8 Degrees limited back to black series Zeus black IPA. A beer to challenge your senses pours dark black with a white puffy head that Gaea pretty quick. The nose gives off Classic IPA pine citrus and hints of grapefruit. The palate is quite different being full but with a refreshing finish. Smoky sweet malt tinged bitter hop notes on the palate. The smoky aspect fades after a few sips as your palate becomes accustom to it. 4/5
Beerd Silvertip Pale Ale
Made using the Nelson Sauvin hop and the distinct aromas and flavours of this come through in the beer. Poured a golden yellow colour with a small white head. Floral and tropical fruit nose sort of reminiscent of a white wine but not quite. Crisp feel in the mouth with nice sweet malt underbelly with hoppy notes recalling the aromas, with hints of orange and passion fruit. 5/5
1) Beerd Monterey – from cask- Aromas and taste is full of hops, light, pale and very refreshing, who love to try from tap or in bottle as I think would make a great session beer. 4/5
2) Beerd Razor IPA notes of passion fruit with nice notes of hoppy orange and a honeyed malt. Full bodied a deep palate with a long lingering finish. 5/5
3) Galway Bay Brewery Pilot 009 Mare Incognito American hopped Saison. Now there is a mouthful of a name. The beer has lovely vibrant fresh hops on the nose but lacks follow through on the palate. More IPA than saison in reality i’d say. 3/5
4) Rogue Farms 7 Hop IPA – orange with a creamy off white head. Big pine, grapefruit, and caramel aroma and taste with a lightly sweet fruity finish. 4/5
5) Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale – COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Each fall, hops reach their peak flavor- bursting with aromatic oils that give ales layers of complex flavor and aroma that can only happen at harvest time. For us, fall comes twice a year- once in each hemisphere. This Harvest Ale features “wet” or un-dried whole-cone hops from Yakima, WA that are plucked from the bine and delivered to our brewery within 24 hours of picking. -
Somewhat restrained grapefruity hop aroma. Clean straight forward malt profile. Lingering sour/bitter finish. 4/5
A new good friend of mine, John was having a lonesome 30th on a hill in North Leitrim so we invited him down to ours for a bit of a party. I took this as an excuse to try my 2010 Vintage Henneys cider.
Pours flat with no head, nose is of tart crisp granny smith with a note of sweet apple. Oily mouthfeel, medium bodied, with little to no carbonation, dry tannic finish. Lovely tart, astrigent apple flavours 4/5. I still have about 5 more bottles maturing nicely.
We also had Kinnegar Limeburner Pale Ale,modelled here by Daniel in a shirt that is as bad as this beer! Pours hazy golden yellow. Nose offers a slight metallic twang over the slightest whiff of malt and hop. The palate is boring noting here but a slight malty nose. Two words dull and boring. 1/5