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InishMacSaint Little Dog IPA

Rating: 3.2

My fifth beer from Fermanagh based InnishMacSaint now, this one is a beer that I picked up just before Christmas when visiting the county and follows one from their Pure Foundered Belgian ale that I tried on my last visit to the area in August/September last year. This one is an English style IPA with a few touches of fruit and hop bitterness coming through and is a beer that I picked up given it’s really only available in the Fermanagh area, and not because I was a fan of the brewery’s previous offerings; although their original Fermanagh Beer wasn’t too bad but everything else from the brewery has been quite poor.

Appearance (2/5): Yellow to golden in colour with a hazy body that had a half centimetre tall head on top that was foamy and white with the odd bubble through it. There was quite a lot of sediment showing in the beer through and it looked brown in colour with a few larger bits dotted around the place but head retention was good at least.
Aroma (6/10): Opening with a combination of citrus and pine with lemon notes being the most dominant initially but with some background fruits featuring as well. The beer was fresh with some mango coming through alongside touches of yeast and coriander that made it slightly reminiscent of a witbier around the middle. It was an interesting enough beer that was quite balanced on the nose without having too much variety.
Taste (7/10): Subtle lemon and pine flavours kick things off with the hops adding a nice bitterness in the early going before some mango comes through towards the middle. It seemed fresher than the nose with a few pale malts and hints of coriander further on and some wheat right at the end too.
Palate (4/5): Somewhere around light medium bodied with a fairly fresh and well carbonated feel to it, this one was a smooth and wet beer that had some nice hop bitterness both at the start and at the end. It was quite a crisp beer to with a nice balance that made it quite an easy one to drink.

Overall (14/20): This one turned out to be a fairly enjoyable offering from Inishmacsaint despite it getting off to a shaky start after pouring, there seemed to be a lot of sediment through the beer but it settled at the bottom after a while and the beer itself was a nice one. There was a good combination of citrus and pine in the early going with the odd background fruit before some pale malts made themselves known around the middle. It was a relatively easy beer to drink as well with some hints of witbier coming through thanks to the coriander and wheat at the end; pleasant stuff and well worth trying if you can find it.

Brewed In: Drumskimly, Derrygonnelly, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
Brewery: Inishmacsaint Brewery
First Brewed: 2017
Type: English IPA
Abv: 4.5%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Winemart (Enniskillen)
Price: £2.39

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