Harp Lager

Reviewed by on March 18, 2015 in Spring Guide

The Details

  • 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 !

The Review

Ok, so maybe the cobwebs are a little denser this morning, after yesterday’s mid-week frivolities, and you need something crisp and straightforward to settle yourself.  Guinness also makes something for that, in the form of their lager, Harp (a none-too-subtly named brew, IMHO).

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.

Brady White

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