Dungarvan Helvick Gold
Reviewed by Brady White on March 22, 2016 in Spring Guide
- 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 !
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.