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Barbecue Wines


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

Wyoming Sheep Ranch


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

On the Pigs back

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


Zeus black IPA & Beerd Silvertip


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

O’ Dell IPA

Nice bitter hop nose with loads of sweet citrus lime and orange notes. Full palate packed with juicy orange caramel flavours. Lovely long finish, I’m amazed it has taken me this long to try this brew. 4/5


A few quiet ones


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

English (by way of Scotland & Leitrim) John’s Birthday


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 



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