Nothing bitter about this bitter
A Review of St. Patrick's Best Ale by Strangford Lough Brewing Co.
Posted on 5/2/2011 by Chops
Strangford Lough classifies their St. Patrick's Best Ale as an English bitter. This confuses me because if you have any experience with English bitters, there are a few key traits that they all usually possess. The most obvious trait is, well, bitterness. St. Patrick's Best Ale is a smooth easy drinker, which is nice and all, but that doesn't make any sense to me.

This beer has a very faint aroma, no prominent intro at all. You have to get your nose into the glass to get anything significant. It smelts much sweeter than you would expect, more like a full-bodied brown ale. The appearance is even more confusing because it looks more like a doppelbock. Bitters usually have that translucent hazel look, so again I'm puzzled. Oddly enough, it tastes just like it looks and smells. It's a cross between a savory brown and a doppelbock. It has a lot of sweet flavors from brown sugar to chocolate. There is absolutely no bitterness to the taste, no prominent hops whatsoever. The mouthfeel is much like a good doppelbock, quite thick and smooth, almost syrupy.

Overall, Strangford Lough's St. Patrick's Best Ale is certainly a tasty beer, but I struggle to find much about it that denotes an English bitter. Consequently, I'm not entirely sure how to rate it. I'd recommend it as a decent no-thinker brew as long as you don't pay attention to the label.
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