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Hop House 13

Rating: 3.4

This one is a beer that I first spotted at Dublin airport recently but it was too early for a beer so I gave it a miss on that occasion but when I spotted it in an Enniskillen bar later the same week I thought I better give it a try to see what it was all about. The beer is a new one for 2015 and is the latest attempt by Guinness to grab some of the craft beer market. It’s brewed at St. James’ Gate in Dublin under their ‘The Brewers Project’ undertaking, the same project responsible for Guinness’ West Indies Porter and Dublin Porter late last year and this seems to be their newest offering. Since neither of those two beers were particularly enjoyable or memorable, naturally I wasn’t holding out high hopes for this one but at least it proved drinkable.

Hop House 13

Appearance (4/5): Bright golden in colour with a few amber tinges, this one has a clear body with a few bubbles rising to the surface and a thin, foamy white head on top that covers the surface fairly well.
Aroma (6/10): Fairly fresh on the nose initially with some corn and citrus notes early on before some subtle grassy hops start to come through. There is a little sweetness to the beer with some basic lager malts backing this up before a few light, earthy malts make an appearance. There’s not a whole lot to the beer and it is fairly light on the nose but it wasn’t an off-putting aroma either.
Taste (6/10): Corn, biscuit and lager malts kick off the taste with this one, I got some touches of sweetness as well before a few grassy hops made a cameo appearance. Again the beer was quite light with nothing grabbing your attention but some faint citrus and a touch of bitterness did come through right at the end.
Palate (4/5): Smooth and fairly light bodied, the beer is well carbonated with a crisp feel that is slightly dry towards the end. There is decent bitterness throughout and it has a clean, sharp feel too.

Overall (12/20): This one was a fairly average lager, there was no sign of any off-flavours but at the same time there wasn’t anything special about the beer with it coming out as your run-of-the-mill lager, perhaps slightly better than an average macro but I definitely wouldn’t rank it alongside a good craft lager anytime soon. A drinkable offering that got a little boring towards the end and definitely not one to seek out either.

Brewed In: Dublin, Ireland
Brewery: St. James’s Gate Brewery
First Brewed: 2015
Type: Premium Lager
Abv: 4.1%
Serving: Draught (Pint)
Purchased: Pat’s Bar, Enniskillen, North of Ireland
Price: £3.30

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  1. January 31, 2017 at 09:54

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