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Kinnegar Limeburner

Rating: 3.15

My third and final Kinnegar beer now, well until next time anyway, This one was the third of three beers from the brewery that I picked up whilst in the north of Ireland at the tail end of last year and into this year. Following on from their Yannaroddy and Scraggy Bay offerings, this one is a 4.7% English pale ale that was launched towards the second half of 2012 as a 4.9% beer before is was reduced in strength slightly to its current 4.7% in July the following year. The beer is labelled as being “refreshing, like a summers evening” and since the previous two from the brewery that I picked up were fairly good offerings I was expecting more of the same from this one going in, here’s what I thought of it.

Kinnegar Limeburner

Appearance (4/5): Light yellow to golden in colour with a thumb sized, fluffy head that looks a little foamy in places too. The head is a white one that looks quite thick at first glance and holds very well over the opening few minutes with little movement at all. The body of the beer looks quite cloudy and there is a slight build up of lacing around the sides of the glass as well.
Aroma (4/10): The nose was quite a disappointment for me with this one, it smelt more like a pale lager than a pale ale to be with an almost skunky aroma to proceedings and only a few pale malts and light, earthy notes to distract from this. There was a touch of citrus coming through with some grain, cereal and bread but overall the nose was quite basic. Some grassy hops featured towards the end and hints of yeast rounded things off but it was quite a poor smelling pale ale really.
Taste (6/10): Lots of citrus to kick the taste off, there was some strong grassy hops too and a few hints of yeast in with the lemon flavouring. Again it seemed more like a lager than a pale ale but it was at least an improvement on the nose, some grain and background fruits, earthy hops and bread rounded things off.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied and quite crisp, there beer had a slightly tangy mouthfeel from the citrus and seemed refreshing enough with a dry and slightly bitter finish.

Overall (11/20): Quite a poor offering from Kinnegar if truth be told, this was a bit of a disappointment given how much I enjoyed the previous two from the brewery as well. Overall the beer seemed a lot more like a lager than a pale ale, particularly on the nose but also with the taste. It was at least crisp, clean and slightly refreshing but this wasn’t enough to make it an enjoyable offering for me sadly; drinkable but certainly nothing special.

Brewed In: Rathmullan, County Donegal, Ireland
Brewery: Kinnegar Brewing
First Brewed: 2012
Type: English Pale Ale
Abv: 4.7%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Reilly’s (Lisnaskea)
Price: £2.99

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