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McGrath’s Irish Red Ale

Rating: 3.2

One of the last few reviews of beers I tried whilst over in Ireland recently, this one is a beer I grabbed at an Enniskillen off-license to drink on my last night in the country. The beer will be my first from the Clanconnel Brewing company based in County Armagh and is a beer named after the ’Mighty’ Master McGrath, a greyhound that according to the brewery is greatest to ever race, having won the Waterloo Cup in 1868, 1869 and 1871. Not a beer or even a brewery that I’d heard of prior to picking the beer up, I went into this one expecting a fairly traditional style beer and that’s pretty much what I got, here’s what I thought of this one from Clanconnel.

McGrath’s Irish Red Ale

Appearance (4/5): Deep mahogany in colour with a few red tinges and a fairly clear body, this one has a half centimetre tall head that features some nice build up of lacing around the edges too and it holds well initially.
Aroma (6/10): Quite a nutty smelling aroma early on, there is some background sweetness with a few toasted malts and biscuit notes before some caramel starts to show. There wasn’t anything too strong about the beer but it was pleasant enough with some subtle sugars and the odd background fruits in there too.
Taste (6/10): The taste kicks off with what is mainly a biscuit taste with some faint caramel flavours backing this up alongside some slightly sweet malts. Like the nose, it’s not a partially strong-tasting beer but at the same time it’s not a weak one either, there’s some burnt sugars and toffee coming through with some toasted malts from the nose and touches of bitterness right at the end.
Palate (3/5): This one had a light medium body and was quite smooth with some nice bitterness running through it as well as some touches of sweetness around the middle which helped give the beer a slightly sticky feel in parts. There’s not a whole lot of depth to this one but the balance was nice enough and I’ve no real complaints with regards to the palate.

Overall (12/20): This one was a solid, if slightly uninteresting, Irish red ale that was fairly traditional in style with little variation from the norm. There was a nice balance to proceedings but I felt it could have been a little more pronounced with the smell and a few flavours more difficult to detect than I’d have liked at times. It was an easy beer to drink but it’s not really one worth seeking out, it was all pretty average if I’m honest.

Brewed In: Craigavon, County Armagh, Ireland
Brewery: Clanconnel Brewing Company
First Brewed: 2010
Full Name: Clanconnel #1 McGrath’s Irish Red Ale
Type: Irish Red Ale
Abv: 4.3%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Winemark (Enniskillen)
Price: £2.59

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