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Franciscan Well Chieftain IPA

Rating: 3.75

My third beer from the Franciscan Well brewery now and one that I managed to try on-tap whilst in Sligo, Ireland earlier this month. The beer is one that follows on from the bottles of Friar Weisse and Rebel Red that I had from the brewery, although sadly I wasn’t particularly enamoured by either of those two beers at the time; my thinking was that being on-tap this one might prove to be more to my liking, especially as an American IPA. I opted only for a half pint of the stuff at the time and in hindsight wished I’d just taken the gamble and went for the full pint instead, there’s always next time I guess.

Franciscan Well Chieftain IPA

Appearance (4/5): A deep reddish amber colour with a thin, quarter centimetre tall head that’s foamy and white with enough to it to cover the surface and leave a little lacing on the sides too.
Aroma (7/10): Some medium strength hops and a little citrus kick things off before some pine makes an appearance alongside some caramel malts. There’s some tropical fruits coming through early on as well that help give some more sweetness to the beer and touches of bitterness are dotted about the place as well which give the beer a nice balance.
Taste (7/10): Bitter hops and some citrus start things off and match the nose well, there’s some of the pine coming through as well with a faint grapefruit aroma featuring soon after. I could detect some nice caramel malts coming through around the middle which seemed more pronounced than with the nose and there was a few floral flavours lingering in the background too.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied and with quite a sticky feel that featured some sweetness and even more bitterness without hitting the heights of some of the American IPA’s out there. It’s slightly dry towards the finish and overall the balance is a good one.

Overall (15/20): This one was quite a nice beer, surprisingly so when compared to the previous two from the brewery that I’d already tried with this one actually delivering something in the way of flavour. The beer was quite bitter and a few hops featured as well which moved the beer away from the traditional style IPA’s I’m used to when sampling Irish beers and the sweetness at the end helped balance things out a little.

Brewed In: Cork, Ireland
Brewery: Franciscan Well
First Brewed: 2014
Type: American IPA
Abv: 5.5%
Serving: Draught (Half Pint)
Purchased: Kennedy’s Bar, Silgo, Ireland
Price: €3.40 (approx. £2.48)

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