I’m Hailing from Stavanger, Norway Lervig beers were created after the townspeople revolted against the mass brewery attempted to sell them substandard beer and buying back their old brewery. After appointing Mike Murphy as their head brewer they haven’t looked back, creating high standard, tasty beers time and again. Their reputation now precedes them with every beer they make being held up as examples of the style. Know for bold tastes and consistency of their brews, Lervig are making craft beer for the masses not just the aficionados.
I’m I have previously tweeted two of these but below is others I have tried with some longer notes on the ones I tweeted about. My first meeting with Lervig was a can of their Lucky Jack 4.7%, full of tropical fruits,gooseberry and pine forest. The taste is quite dry with notes of biscuit, tropical fruit and pine. Superbly sessionable. 4/5 (From a can)
Next up I had a can of their Hoppy Joe 4.7%, deep caramel coloured Red Ale. The aroma has caramel, toffee and fruity citrus hops. The palate is medium bodied with a balanced sweetness, caramel and fine bitterness.3/5
Next up Galaxy IPA 6.5% pours slightly hazy with a soft fluffy head that laces all the way down. Single hopped with Galaxy hops, the nose has citrus, mango, passion fruit and grapefruit. Nice bitterness, balanced by malt and hops, with a dry fruity palate where the tropical fruit notes are joined with toffee. 4.5/5
I recently picked up these 3 8 Degrees one offs or specials in O’Briens Galway. First up on the tasting list Nomad India Pale Larger 5%.
Next up Big River IPA 5.3% (described as Tasmanian IPA). Tamer on the nose and palate. The notes here are more malty and floral with a piney edge. The beer is made of Aussie hops, Ella and Egnima. This is a fairly inoffensive beer with no flaws and simple drinkablility. 3/5.
Big juicy nose with green apple, citrus and of course gooseberry. Plenty of carbonation on palate that is slightly creamy with juicy fresh flavours. Very drinkable. 4/5
Loved the name and the label is cool back story is pretty neat too. But the important stuff the brown red liquid inside the bottle disappointed. As mentioned it pours brown red like old smithwicks, nose gives some mature fruit, toffee and biscuit. Palate is overly carbonated and takes from taste I left some aside for later and this allowed flavour to come out. Big digestive biscuit and sweet malt palate. 1/5
Charles Wells / Dogfish Head DNA New World IPA 4.5%
Light orange brown in colour. Malty taste, not very much hop notes. Pretty bland IPA. 1/5
Birra del Borgo Re Ale 6.4%
Pours a clear brown/Amber with beige head. Smells malty, hoppy notes more European than new world. Tastes malty and bitter. Leaves a gentle maltysweet palate. Ok beer 3/5
Redchurch Shoreditch Blonde 4.5%
Pours clear golden colour with a small white head. Orange peel and some grapefruits on the nose. Grassy palate with grapefruit and gooseberry flavor Very simple but refreshing brew. 2.5/5
Redchurch Paradise Pale Ale 3.7%
Pours cloudy golden colour with a large white head. Orange and mandarin mostly on the nose, slight floral hop notes. Nice bitter palate, grapefruits, orange, some lemon. Very quaffable, refreshing. 3/5
Redchurch Bethnal Pale Ale 5.5%
Poured like a red ale with a lacing beige head. The aroma has notes of citrus fruits and hops. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, citrus fruits, and dusty hops, leading to a bitter finish. 3/5
Note on all Redchurch beers all were unfiltered and had quite a lot of sediment in bottle
I was recently given a few bottle of some of a favourite pair of beers of mine and as far as I can remember I’ve not blogged about them so here we go. A little bit on the brewery, the Thornbridge Brewery is an independent brewery founded and formerly situated in the grounds of Thornbridge Hall near Bakewell, Derbyshire, England and they produce some of the cleanest freshest beers I’ve had the pleasure of imbibing (double word score). First up I had the Kipling Pacific pale ale
Pours a light gold colour and a medium sized, foamy, off-white head that was soon gone. Subtle aromas of pine grass and citrus fruit. Sweet citrus fruit in the mouth at the start then some pineapple. Clean and fresh and dangerously drinkable 4/5
Next up the Jaipur IPA
Pours golden with nice thick, medium, white head. Good lacing. Starts with nice malty note, then bright citrus zesty aroma, touch of tropical fruits. Fresh bitter, orange peel, grapefruit, light pine flavours. The Finish is bittersweet. Very refreshing beer. Nice, well balanced, refreshing an very drinkable IPA, easily in my top five favourite beers. 5/5
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