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Curim Gold

Rating: 3.35

Following quickly on from their ‘OPsession session IPA that was brewed under their O’Hara’s banner, this one is another new beer from Carlow Brewing Company and one that is much more of a traditional, established beer from the brewery. This one was launched some time around the early 2000’s and has been available ever since but as always the case for their beers, I’ve as yet not seen it available outside of Ireland. Brewed as an American style pale wheat ale, the beer is not usually one that I’d be inclined to buy but given the fact I’ve enjoyed quite a few of the brewery’s beers in the past, I made an exception this time and grabbed a bottle. As I’ve mentioned in the previous review of a beer from the brewery, this is actually one of four beers from Carlow that I managed to try on my recent visit to Ireland and will shortly be followed by reviews of a red IPA and a white IPA from the brewery, although this one is the only offering of the four that doesn’t fall under their O’Hara’s banner; here’s hoping that it’s still a good beer from them though.

Curim Gold

Appearance (5/5): A bright golden colour that’s slightly cloudy and topped with a thumb-sized, foamy white head that holds quite well. There is a little lacing left on the sides of the glass and it’s not unlike a lager on the eye, albeit a very nice looking one that I can’t fault thus far.
Aroma (6/10): A semi-sweet nose to begin, this one comes through with some biscuit malts and a little citrus in the early going before some touches of bread and a light hint of wheat appear nearer the middle. There was some background fruits and banana coming through without really dominating and the aroma wasn’t particularly strong at any point really. There was some grains and a faint clove aroma further on with a moderate bitterness rounding things off.
Taste (6/10): Quite a lot of earthy, pale malts open the taste up with some bread malts following closely on behind alongside some bitterness that definitely doesn’t seem like much of a wheat beer at this point. There’s some minimal citrus notes coming through alongside a very light hint of wheat and some basic grains before some background fruits and a touches of honey sweetness see things out.
Palate (3/5): This one was a moderately bitter beer that definitely came through stronger in that department than I’d have expected or liked from a supposed wheat beer really. The body was a medium one and the beer leaned slightly towards the dry side of things with a few grains showing and a slight citrus tang around the middle but nothing in it was all that impressive really.

Overall (11/20): Quite an average tasting bitter really, I’m still not entirely sure why it was labelled as a wheat beer but they obviously seen that some wheat was showing in the final beer and just ran with it even though it seemed like more of an English style bitter or pale ale to me. There was the odd touch of banana coming through along with a faint bit of citrus but for the most part it was a collection of earthy malts, biscuit and a moderate bitterness running through it. Overall this one wasn’t a particularly good Carlow offering and it was miles away from some of the brewery’s better beers.

Brewed In: Muine Bheag, County Carlow, Ireland
Brewery: Carlow Brewing Company
First Brewed: circa. 2001
Full Name: Curim Gold Celtic Wheat Beer
Type: Pale Wheat Ale
Abv: 4.3%
Serving: Bottle (Pint)
Purchased: Reilly’s (Lisnaskea)
Price: £2.29

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  1. August 3, 2016 at 09:05

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