Dungarvan Helvick Gold

Reviewed by on March 22, 2016 in Spring Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Dungarvan Brewing Company

  • Origin: Dungarvan, Ireland

  • Rated On: March 22, 2016

  • Best Before: May 2016

  • ABV: 4.9%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Irish Blonde Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Dungarvan is a craft brewery from county Waterford in the southeast of Ireland, and they make this ‘Irish Blonde Ale’ (named after a local natural landmark), something to keep in mind for the next go-round of greened-up lager, or ubiquitous Guinness, eh?

This 500ml bottle pours a hazy, yet bright medium golden copper hue, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and well creamy off-white head, which leaves a broad array of chunky splattered lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of bready, doughy pale malt, a bit of biscuity cereal, subtle citrus rind and pine needle bitters, and a soft stoney flintiness. The taste is grainy, crackery pale malt, wet white bread, laid-back orange and white grapefruit pith, a hint of earthy yeast, wet bar-top nuts, and a further leafy, grassy, and floral hoppiness.  The carbonation is nice and fluffy in its plainly supportive frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, just a small hoppy astringency poking and prodding as it is wont to do. It finishes off-dry, the sweet graininess fencing with the lingering citrusy, piney, and hard water notes.

A rather pleasant and engaging blonde ale, no matter the national stripe (though I would argue American-style – solely due to the apparent hops employed). Easy to drink, and peppy, something I would love to tuck into if I were enjoying a relatively rare sunny summer day in the greenery of Eire herself.

Brady White

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