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Porterhouse Red Ale

Rating: 3.55

My first pint from a recent trip to London now and one that I tried in The Porterhouse in the Convent Garden area of the city. Porterhouse is a bar that I’m quite familiar with having visited their Temple Bar location in Dublin on a few occasions now and I was aware they also had a London location but managed to stumble across the place by happy coincidence. Their Convent Garden location was actually the third pub the brewery opened and the first outside of Ireland having opened back in 2000 and it’s still going strong. I knew I wanted something on-tap during my visit and opted for the breweries Red Ale as I knew it was one that I hadn’t already tried, I’ve had actually only sampled three of their beers prior to this one but for the life of me I couldn’t remember preciously what three so opted for this one to be on the safe side; at least it didn’t disappoint.

Porterhouse Red Ale

Appearance (4/5): Copper red in colour and quite clear, the body is topped with a creamy white head that is about two and a half centimetre tall. The head looks quite thick and there is some nice lacing on the sides as well with it holding well throughout.
Aroma (6/10): Biscuit malts and some caramel kick things off here, there is a nice bitter base to the beer with some earthy notes coming through as well. I detected some toffee around the middle with the odd background fruit making an appearance alongside a nutty aroma and further touches of sweetness.
Taste (7/10): Quite a bitter-tasting beer with some good biscuit malts and earthy flavours starting things off, there was some background fruits again and they were of a similar strength to those in the nose. I got a slightly sweet taste around the middle and not too many hops made themselves known but the malts covered for them well.
Palate (4/5): This one was a well-balanced beer from Porterhouse, it came with a medium body and subtle carbonation but was an easy on to drink with some bitterness throughout and touches of sweetness in between. Like I said, an easy beer to drink but not a stand out offering from the brewery.

Overall (13/20): Not a bad tasting beer, pretty much as you would expect from the style and the brewery without it truly excelling or standing out from the crowd. The beer had quite a good balance and a nice, easy-going flavour with some good earthy malts and sweetness but it’s probably not one I’d seek out again.

Brewed In: Dublin, Ireland
Brewery: The Porterhouse Brewing Company
First Brewed: Brewery since 1989
Type: Irish Red Ale
Abv: 4.4%
Serving: Draught (500ml)
Purchased: The Porterhouse (Covent Garden), London, England
Price: £4.10

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