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Crafty Brewing Irish IPA Review

The Rye River Brewery

The Rye River Brewing Company began back in 2013 and is based in Celbridge, Kildare. Working with Lidl supermarket to bring out the supermarket branded craft beers.

 The Irish IPA is a hazy, slightly cloudy beer. Has an aroma of grassy hops, combining with hints of peach, apricot and citrus flavours coming through

Medium body, which combines with a slightly creamy texture to mask the strength of this brew. Clear head, this looks a clean beer.

What’s In It

Water, barley malt, glucose syrup, wheat malt, spice flavourings, aromatic citrus, hop extract

Tastes Like

Light, hoppy, fruity. Citrus comes through in leaps and bounds. Possibly peach and mango in there too, which adds that little bit of sweetness.

The Data

    • Bottle size: 500 ml
    • Alcohol content: 6.0 %

Beer Enjoyment Score Total

A very pleasant drink, ideal for a summer day sat out in the beer garden or at home with a BBQ on the go. An impressive 6.0% provides that bit of a kick, but it’s subtle so doesn’t leap out at you.

For an IPA this has a lot going for it. This ale has the ability to lure you into a false sense of security, the taste is subtle but the underlying strength is one to watch out for.

 

 

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Voll Damm Doble Malta Review

  

Golden amber in colour, found it to have quite a thin, white head once poured. The head soon vanished, which did give a little look of a flat drink, but bubbles at the bottom of the glass showed that not to be the case.

Brewed in Barcelona, Voll-Damm Doble Malta brewed by Grupo S A Damm who are better known for their popular Estrella Damm.

 What’s In It

Water, barley malt 18%, rice, maize & hops.

Tastes Like

Not too bad, the heaviness of the hops combined with the sweetness of the cereal, meaning there was no bitterness as such later on in the drink. Bitter in the beginning, smooth on the taste and slightly sweet.

The Data

  • Can size: 330 ml
  • Alcohol content: 7.2 %
  • Alcohol units per bottle: xx
  • Alcohol units per serving: xx
  • Serving Size: xxx ml

 

Beer Enjoyment Score Total

On the nose, this has malty notes of caramel, honey and cereal, but doesn’t come across as sickly or too sweet. For the price, this works out in cans about £1.00 per litre (as at April 2018). One to have a couple of cans sat in the garden on a warm summers evening, after work. Unless you’re very much a 7% + beer type of guy, this could catch you out later on in the evening.

I’ve had better, but also had much worse, so this scores 6.5 out of 10 thanks to the strength and the price in the main.

 

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Karlsquell 7.5% Beer Review

 Golden amber but lighter in appearance than the Voll Damm Doble Malta. This is another high alcohol beer which when poured I found it to have quite a thin, white head. The head soon vanished with this drink soon after being po

Karlsquell 7.5%  in 330ml cans is a 100% Malta. German style and a Premium Lager beer found in Aldi stores. Bizarrely it has a bit of a cult following with the German band Slime writing a song of the same title. Though we suspect, in a cynical FLS way, that it’s more likely to be popular due to it’s cheap price and high alcohol content.

 

 

What’s In It

Water, barley malt, rice, maize & hops.

Tastes Like

Fruity but not overpowering citrus taste, quite sweet probably with oats/cereal coming through. Tasted a little lifeless, which matched the appearance. Not as sweet as some, this is a drink that’s probably best served after the good stuff or with a Madras.

The Data

  • Can size: 330 ml
  • Alcohol content: 7.5 %

 

Beer Enjoyment Score Total

It is what it is, a cheap, cheerful 7.5% can of wet stuff. Another range that’s about £1.00 per litre (as at April 2018). It’s not too unpleasant, but it’s not the first choice or even in the top 10 strong beers I’d suggest.

This is one that’s ideal for handing out at the end of the night when people have had several nicer drinks, are part pissed and just want something else with plenty of alcohol in. This scores a very average 4 out of 10.

 

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Titanic Plum Porter Review

Titanic Plum Porter is produced by the Titanic Brewery Company, in Stoke On Trent. This brewery which was formed in 1985 has grown to become a multiple award-winning, popular producer. Going from 7 barrels to 3 million pints a year, the accolades speak for themselves.

This particular porter is multiple award-winning, from a Gold in the Champion Beer of Britain to West Midlands CAMRA – Beer of the Year. The Staffordshire brewery is run by local brothers, Keith & Dave Bott who still take an active role in the brewing process alongside 150 local employees.

What’s In It

The brewery notes are “This beer is dark strong and well rounded; the richness of such a rotund beer is brought to an even keel by the late addition of Goldings hops and natural plum flavouring. Take the opportunity and go for the low hanging fruit, this sumptuous beer really is a plum!”.

Tastes Like

A heavy but refreshing porter. You get the aroma of the plums before you get to taste it. I found this slightly bitter through the hops which were partly cancelled out by the sweetness of the plum. At 4.9% it’s a deep, dark porter with a decent head.

Beer Enjoyment Score Total;

Although not too unenjoyable, this isn’t one I’d rush out to buy again. The plum and bitterness kind of clashed but didn’t really do it for me. Decent gravity is one attraction to this drink, but sadly this isn’t just enough.

Scoring a slightly disappointing 4.5, this doesn’t quite make the grade.

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Crafty Brewing Irish Stout Review

 This Is My Crafty Brewing Irish Stout Review

This is the review of the stout., as part of my guide to craft beers. A dark, full bodied Irish stout. Poured nicely, although the head did look rather light in texture, but did settle down. The head has a slight coffee coloured tint to it. Rye River Brewing Company, based in Co Kildare produce this stout. This is a nice Irish product!

 

The Rye River Brewery

The story of the Rye River Brewing Company began back in 2013 with the introduction of the McGargles brand. We have grown both our team and our product range since then. Based in Celbridge, Kildare the brewery employs over 40 people. We now produce a range of over twenty beers under the Solas, Crafty Brewing Company, Grafters and McGargles brands

Crafty Brewing Irish Stout Review

 

Tastes Like

A deep, coffee and also dark chocolate taste comes through. First impressions were this was quite a bland taste, compared to the aroma. However this was not the case at all. The taste lasted down to the bottom of the glass, the chocolate / coffee taste holding out to the end. Ideal to sit and enjoy in front of a log fire in Winter months, but equally drinkable with a homemade steak and ale pie or other comfort food with red meat.

The Data

  • Bottle size: 500 ml
  • Alcohol content: 4.5 %
  • Alcohol units per bottle: xx
  • Alcohol units per serving: xx
  • Serving Size: xxx ml

Beer Enjoyment Score Total

I liked this more than I thought I would do. The dark colour had a tint of ruby to it which made it a very dark stout, compared to some which added to the enjoyment. At 4.5% volume this is worthy of an enjoyable 8 out of 10 any day of the week. The wholesome flavour, the dark chocolate / coffee taste doesn’t disappoint at all. I do prefer this compared to the Titanic Plum Porter that I reviewed earlier.

 

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Citra Single Hop IPA Review

This Marks & Spencer Single Hop Citra IPA is an English India Pale Ale (IPA) style beer brewed by Oakham Ale in Cambridgeshire. Using a single variety American hop it arrived in the UK in 2009.

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Grimbergen Blanche Review

Tasting Grimbergen Blanche

This is a hazy light golden bodied beer with small head, but the head doesn’t disappear which is good. The Grimbergen Abbey has been brewing beer since the 14th Century, so it’s pretty safe to say they’ve had plenty of experience. Available in 25cl and also 33cl bottles. So let’s check out this Bière Grimbergen Blanche!

Bière Grimbergen Blanche

What’s In It

Water, barley malt, glucose syrup, wheat malt, spice flavourings, aromatic caramel, hop extract.

 

Tastes Like

Light, floral, citrusy taste, typical Belgian beer in appearance. Citrus, coriander and cloves aroma which come through in the taste combine with a very subtle sweetness. Further down the glass, this sweetness becomes slightly more evident. Hints now of cereals and vanilla keep this from becoming unpleasant. The orange comes through and there’s also a very slight hint of banana possibly tucked away in there.
Aromas- Ripe fruit and spicy notes of cloves.

IN THE MOUTH: An intense beer that combines sweet and bitter flavors. Dominant aromas of pineapple, macerated fruit and spicy notes characteristic of cloves.

AFTERTASTE: Extremely persistent beer with spicy and fruity aromas and notes of bitterness, yeast and licorice. This was a fun tasting session.

The Data

  • Bottle size: 330 ml
  • Alcohol content: 6.7 %
  • Alcohol units per bottle:
  • Alcohol units per serving:
  • Serving Size: 330 ml

Grimbergen Blanche Beer Enjoyment Score Total

I liked this, the very subtle vanilla and cereal sweetness lasted down to the bottom of the glass. This beer is a nice brew. it’s not as rough and ready as some Belgian brews. It doesn’t have the roughness or punch either, compared to some which added to the enjoyment. At  over 6% volume this is worthy of a 7.5 out of 10 any day of the week.

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31 Hop IPA Review

31 Hop IPA is an English India Pale Ale (IPA) style beer brewed by Butcombe Brewery Ltd. in Bristol, for Marks And Spencer customers to enjoy. Initially, when I saw this was made from 31 hops, I thought this is going to be crap.

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