I first heard about Wicklow wolf on the sunday business show on Today fm when they were discussing Ireland’s growing craft beer movement and it was enough to entice me to search out their brews. Now unfortunately when a terribly services in Galway when it comes to off-licenses for beer, bars are great but sometimes you just wanna sample at home. Anyway I managed to source some bottles in our local O’Briens.
First up the American Amber 5%
Pours a dark amber nearly brown. With a thin coffee white head. The nose gives lovely biscuity malt with some fresh hop notes.The mouth has good body and plenty of caramel biscuit notes with hints of bitter hops but not much. A simple beer but I enjoyed it for that reason. 3/5
Next up their dry hopped IPA 6.3% Despite the dry hop mention in the name I wasn’t expecting much hoppy fun here after trying the Amber. Poured a murky colour similar to tea left in the pot too long. The nose gives some orange and pine notes over an off smell can’t put my finger on it! The palate has some citrus towards grapefruit with sweet Carmel undertones. All the ingredients for a good IPA but out of balance, seems to be a standard with Irish IPAs at the minute. 2.5/5
Went for a few quiet halfs and some reading this evening and sampled these fine beers, Buxton Jaw Gate, Blacks Black IPA and Beerd Vigilante. Really enjoyed all 3.
Buxton Jaw Gate American IPA 5.6%
Pours brown Amber colour. Smells really nice, a lot of malt but a bunch of tropical, citrus and some stone fruit notes. Tastes great, juicy tropical hops and sweet malt before it finishes bitter and refreshing 4/5
Black’s Black IPA 5.5%
Pours black with Creamy wight head. Looks like a stout, but aromas say otherwise piney coffee and toffee with sweetness. Palate is creamy in feel with roasted notes before citrus and finally bitter coffee. Good effort at Black IPA but I’ve had better. 3/5
Beerd Vigilante 4.8%
Hazy golden colored with a small white head. Fruity aroma of hops citrus and some peach. Fruity flavour of hops with notes of caramel. Hoppy fresh finish. 4.5
Awhile back I sample the Tuatara APA, check it out here. Over the Christmas I have been sampling there little big hop, Tuatara ITI. ITI is te reo Maori for small and this beer might not have the big 5.8% the APA has but it certainly doesn’t lack for hops with Citra, Simcoe, Amarillo and Cascade. Like it says it’s the perfect session beer for hopheads at 3.3%.
Amber colour with gentle hop aromas loads orange rind with some subdued pine. The flavour has ovetones of APA without the body, slick mouthfeel with citrus flavours and nice bitter finish. 4/5
First up last night was Dungarvan Mine Head American Pale, really looked forward to this beer and unfortunately like most things you look forward to this disappointed it felt like a beer that was out of balance. Pour a nice brown colour, the nose was floral with some sweet notes. The first sip was sour grapefruit and bread dough. It felt dauby in the mouth. The finish was very much reminiscent of a night club the next morning. 1/5
Today’s beer Hobson’s Twisted Spire described as a vibrant blond beer. Grainy malt nose with a honey floral note. The palate is fresh and zesty with a dry grapefruit note. This would be a great summer beer 3/5.
Like the Staind song from 10 or so years says it’s been awhile, that doesn’t mean I haven’t sampled some malty hoppy delights in the mean time just that I haven’t had a chance to blog about them. Since last I posted I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Brussels, trying a stunning cask aged imperial stout and the wonderful double axe DIPA. Here’s a few snaps of some of my foamy friends. Happy New year.
Earlier this year I tried the St. Feuilliens Saison 6.5%. It arrived in the store last Friday so i nabbed a can and said I’d give it a lash, I must taste them of side by side blind and see which stands out more but alas that’s hard work for another day! The canned version has a nice big dry hopped logo in green on a purple/burgundy slim red bull shaped can. Any how more on the beer –
Belgian yeast nose with a definitive hoppy note and of fresh orange citrus and a hint of floral spice. The palate is full with a nice broad mouth feel with tangy peachy flavours and zesty citrus on the end. 4/5