I stumbled upon this in Marks and Spencer the other day. I was very pleased to find it because as I have said before I love session ale but can't get my hands on any of the stuff. As with many other Marks and Sparks products this beer is repackaged for the chain store and distributed to their outlets. I'm very happy they decided that the Irish people would enjoy a session ale and treated myself to a four pack, which was very reasonably priced unlike most English ales that make their way to Ireland. I can't get too excited about this one though, because as I suspected it's a fairly easy going bitter, quite typical of many I have tried from the bottle. It is a little fizzy and metallic but nicely bitter without any hop aroma. At only 3.2% abv and served in the curious (to me anyway) 440ml can this is a superb measure of tasty restorative beer and a most welcome addition to the Irish market.
The can is worth a mention because I rarely drink beer from cans, not because I disapprove of them, but merely because decent beer in Ireland is not generally served in cans. Many people believe that the can contributes a metallic note to the beer, but having studied packaging technology I can assure you that this is not the case because the inside of the can is covered in an inert lacquer that protects the can from corrosion and the beer from tainting. Cans are by far the best form of storage for beer because they are light, sturdy and recycling of them saves far more energy than the recycling of glass due to the massive amount of energy required to purify aluminum from the the ore. Having said all that, I still prefer my beer from bottle and despite all the environmental considerations bottles will likely remain the preferred container for beer in the future.