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Hilden Headless Dog

Rating: 2.95

Surprisingly this one will be the first beer brewed in the north of Ireland that I’ll have tried in a while, that being despite the fact I recently spent a week in the country. On my visit I had made a point of sticking to Irish beers but as it happened, most I tried were brewed in the south and this ended up being one of only four beers I sampled that were brewed in the north. I managed to find a bottle of this one at a Wetherspoons pub in Enniskillen, although it was one that I’d previously spotted in a couple of the supermarkets in the area as well. The beer itself is a Hilden brewed offering that I decided to try based on the fact I’d seen the beer listed on a ‘Best of Irish Craft Beer’ list recently and it follows on from Hilden’s Belfast Blonde and Twisted Hop beers that I’ve sampled here previously.

Hilden Headless Dog

Appearance (3/5): Quite a bright and cloudy amber looking beer, this one was topped with a thin, bubbly white head that faded to a faint white rim around the edges of the glass and left the surface looking quite patchy after about thirty seconds or so.
Aroma (6/10): A basic opening that consisted of pale malts and a few earthy hops alongside some citrus that definitely gave the beer an English style nose in the early going. There was some background sweetness and the odd touch of fruit but it seemed quite a subdued offering with nothing really standing out. There was some bitterness towards the end too and although it wasn’t a bad aroma, it could definitely have been much stronger.
Taste (6/10): Pale malts and some earthy flavours kick things off here, there was some decent bitter flavours coming through as well and I got the odd English style hop as well. There was some citrus following on behind and the sweetness from the background fruits carried through from the nose with the beer tasting ever so slightly smooth but again it could have been stronger.
Palate (3/5): Medium bodied and quite sharp with a crisp and dry feel that comes through with moderate carbonation that was just a fraction softer than I’d been expecting. There was a nice bitterness throughout the beer but it was definitely far too light and even a little bland at times.

Overall (11/20): Quite a disappointing Hilden beer if I’m honest, I was expecting a bit more from the brewery with this one if I’m honest and it just seemed far too light at times with both the taste and the nose seeming somewhat subdued and weak. There was some pale malts and the off background fruit coming through alongside nice helping of citrus but it all seemed a touch bland and flat at times and it was wasn’t one that I particularly enjoyed sadly.

Brewed In: Lisburn, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Brewery: Hilden Brewing Co.
First Brewed: 2006
Type: English Pale Ale
Abv: 4.2%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: The Linen Hall (JDW), Enniskillen, N. Ireland
Price: £2.99

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  1. September 14, 2017 at 21:36

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