Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Ode to ABV

There just isn't enough low alcohol session ale around Ireland. The only draught bitter available at the moment is The Porterhouse's TSB, which for some strange reason I got a freezing cold pint of the other day instead of the usual cellar-ish temperature. It didn't taste the same either, though on a recent Irish Craft Brewer tour of their brewery they did mention a few changes around the place.

Drinking full flavour low alcohol ale is a real joy. I like to be able to put away a few pints, enjoying every last drop and still be in a respectable state afterwards, so I was very happy to come across this 3.2% ABV bitter in the off license last week. Sadly the cost of bottled English ale in Ireland prevented me from grabbing a multiple of it, but it's good to see such beer hitting the Irish shores. I had previously tried Brakspear Triple and found it to be an immensely complex beer with flavours I couldn't hope to pin down. Their Bitter clearly indicates that a specific yeast strain is responsible for this flavour mix because it is as complex as the Triple, but the over all flavour isn't as intense. There is a satisfying lengthy bitterness balanced well with rich malt followed up with a mesmerising mix of flavours and aromas stemming from a combination of English Fuggles and yeast effort. Over all a very enjoyable session ale with a flavour profile you won't confuse with any other.


The Beer Nut said...

Magnificent picture. You may recognise the beer in this one.

I've never tried any Brakspear beers, but I have one lined up for tasting some time soon. And there definitely isn't enough sub-4% beer in Ireland.

Cormac said...

I recently discovered this one myself. It is pretty packed with flavour, but at that strength you could see yourself knocking back a few.
There's a nice video of the brewing process on their website, including the double drop fermentation.

Thom said...

I took a look the video of their site and there's a bit more to the double drop than I thought.

The notion of leaving behind break material is obvious enough, but they seem to stress the extra aeration created which must contribute something to the flavour.

Bionic Laura said...

I'm just back from a trip to England. I really liked a lot of those session beers with lower alcohol. It's a great idea being able to have a few without falling over. Could help with all this binge drinking they are concerned with at the moment.