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McGargles Knock Knock Ned’s IPA

Rating: 3.0

The final review of the beers that I managed to try whilst in Ireland at the start of July this year, this one is an American IPA from the Rye River Brewing Company based in County Kildare, although the original version of this beer was initially brewed at Thomas Hardy based in England before they merged and where disbanded by Greene King. I picked this one up in Enniskillen in the north of Ireland on my last full day in the country after realising it was an American IPA with a slightly higher than average strength than the norm for Irish beers, drinking it later the same night. It’s was my first beer from the Rye River brewery and it was a fairly average start so in hindsight I’m not all that bother about missing the opportunity to pick up a couple of other beers from the brewery that the shop had available.

McGargles Knock Knock Ned’s IPA

Appearance (3/5): Medium copper in colour with a thin, white head on top that’s more of a soapy lacing than anything else. The head was quite patchy and the beer was a clear bodied one that looks fairly still sitting in the glass with no visible signs of carbnonation showing.
Aroma (6/10): A fairly sweet beer on the nose with some toffee and caramel malts coming through early on, there was some biscuit notes in there too and a faint bitterness after that. There wasn’t much of a hop aroma to be honest, certainly there was less showing than would be expected from an American style IPA but some hints of pine and citrus did come through in areas, neither was particularly pronounced though.
Taste (6/10): Slightly sweet tasting to begin with, the beer has some caramel from the nose showing with some further bitterness thrown in for good measure. There was some background sugars coupled with some toffee malts and a background floral taste that could have used being slightly stronger. Other than that, there wasn’t a whole lot to this offering and it seemed quite weak in places, definitely drinkable but nowhere near as strong as I’d have liked.
Palate (3/5): Sticky sweet with quite a light, thin body that was softly carbonated and featured a tiny bit of spice towards the end. The balance wasn’t too bad with a lingering bitter finish but nothing was particularly strong and that let the beer down some.

Overall (12/20): This one was somewhat of a disappointment really, I had been expecting more of a hop-filled taste with plenty of bitterness but it came through as quite a sweet and malty IPA that was definitely more English than American in style despite the higher than usual IPA for such a beer. There was some bitterness in places and the background fruits and hops seemed enjoyable enough but overall the beer was too basic and weak really, there was definitely some room for improvement with this one.

Brewed In: Kilcock, County Kildare, Ireland
Brewery: Rye River Brewing Company
First Brewed: 2013
Type: American IPA
Abv: 6.5%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Winemart (Enniskillen)
Price: £1.99

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