Reviewed by Brady White on March 18, 2015 in Spring Guide
- Brewery: Guinness & Co.
- Origin: Dublin, Ireland
- Rated On: March 18, 2015
- Best Before: packaged July 15, 2014
- ABV: 5.0%
- Ideal Temperature: cold to cool
- Style: European Pale Lager
- Rating: GOOD !
This 500ml can pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, frothy, and somewhat rocky off-white head, which leaves some decent bands of hoar frost lace around the glass as things lazily sink away.
It smells of grainy, moderately crackery pale malt, a certain hard water minerality, and some hard to pin down fruity, musty essences. The taste is more unheralded grainy pale malt, a touch of stale, indistinct drupe fruitiness, earthy honey, and kind of astringently floral, weedy noble hops. The carbonation is generally quite palate-friendly, neither flat nor over-active, the body on the weak side of medium weight for the style, and perhaps a tad timid in its banal smoothness. It finishes quite dry, the grain and hops both concurring on the matter.
While not a particularly off-putting Euro-lager (the lack of a green bottle is certainly a plus there), its best trait is that it does indeed make me want another. Simple, easy-drinking, and plainly grainy, hopefully having a Harp will help make the day after seem not so much so.