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Clearsky Fulcrum

Rating: 3.5

A real special beer now, a beer launched back in October 2013 as the first wheat beer in the north of Ireland. This one is brewed by the Clearsky Brewing Co. based in Dungannon, County Tyrone, although the brewing of the beers itself currently takes place in Lisburn at the Hilden microbrewery. This one is another beer that I picked up over New Year in Ireland, grabbing it as it was one of the few beers available that I had’t already tried but I was pleasantly surprised when I found out the beer was in fact a wheat ale rather than the golden ale I had wrongly assumed it to be.

Clearsky Fulcrum

Appearance (4/5): This one pours a hazy, light amber to yellow colour with a thin head that sits about a quarter centimetre tall and just about covers the surface of the beer. The head takes a white colour and there is the odd bit of foamy build up around the sides of the glass.
Aroma (7/10): Fruity on the nose with a lots of orange with the nose initially reminded me of Blue Moon, albeit with a lot more orange coming through. There is some strong banana in there as well, some bubblegum and cloves following not far behind that. The wheat on the nose is quite noticeable with some citrus and spice accompanying it but it is the orange that dominates from early on. Quite a nice smelling beer and certainly a lot better than I had been expecting but not quite up to the standards of some of the more famous German wheat beers out there.
Taste (7/10): Wheat and some nice spicy notes with a lot of citrus kick things off here, there is some yeast sneaking in as well though. The banana and cloves from the nose are again present, as is the bubblegum but it doesn’t seem quite as noticeable in the taste as it was in the aroma – the same can also be said for the oranges. The beer is still a fruity one with some lemon and a little touch of hops towards the end, some faint tart flavours feature at this point as well.
Palate (3/5): Light-medium bodied and more sour and tangy that I had anticipated initially. The beer has good, strong carbonation and touches of grain with a fruity feel throughout. The finish is quite a dry one thanks mainly to the citrus but it remains an easy beer to drink.

Overall (14/20): A very nice Irish wheat beer, definitely sour for the style but quite a nice taste nonetheless with a nice fruitiness throughout and plenty of citrus. The oranges were perhaps overdone on the nose but this was a minor complaint, the rest of the beer more than covered this and it was a lot better than I was expecting.

Brewed In: Dungannon, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
Brewery: Clearsky Brewing Co.
First Brewed: 2013
Type: Wheat Ale
Abv: 5.0%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Reilly’s (Lisnaskea)
Price: £2.79

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