Another week, another Beer School. This week featured two speakers, Ryan Barron, a sales rep for Glazer Distributing and Paul O'Reilly, a genuine Irishman! With this week being St. Patrick's Day and St. Louis having a rich tradition of celebrating St. Patrick's Day; as you can imagine the theme this week was Irish Beers. Up for tasting was: Rogue Irish Lager, John Smith's Extra Smooth Ale, Murphy's Red Ale, Murphy's Stout.
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Fun fact learned tonight: 'Craic' is an Gallic term for fun, enjoyment, or general merriment. Hearing an Irishman using Irish slang talking about Irish beer was quite entertaining.
Rogue Irish Lager:
Appearance: Dark Yellow and Hazy, not much head
Aroma: Citrus, the acitalted malts also gave it an apple aroma
Flavor: Citrus and Apple, some bitterness Crisp Finish
Mouthfeel: Light bodied and smooth
Overall: One of the more flavorful lagers I have had, had more flavor and bitterness than I was expecting. Drinkable, but not as drinkable as the Kona we tried last week. It's a Rogue ale, it's going to be an over the top flavor explosion, even if it is a lager
John Smith's Extra Smooth Ale:
Appearance: Between Amber and Brown, Thick, Very active, and Creamy head. Hazy
Aroma: Not a very strong odor, faint bit of malts.
Flavor: Some bitterness, some malts, some chocolate. well balanced, not overpowering flavors. Slight coffee finish. Slightly bitter
Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy, as you would expect from a hydrogenated beer. Smooth the whole way
Overall: Smooth and palatable Ale. Truth be told I enjoy more flavor and carbonation in my ales.
Murphy's Red Ale:
Appearance: Deep red, bordering on amber, very active head, cleaner appearance than the Irish Lager, but still Hazy
Aroma: Some grainyness, Light Caramel
Flavor: Bitter up fron witha smooth finish. I got notes of toffee and caramel, the bitterness was about perfect for me. Some sweetness in the finish
Mouthfeel: Lightish body, smooth all the way through, nothing spectacular going on here.
Overall: Very enjoyable, and drinkable. A mass market Red that anyone can enjoy.
Appearance: Dark Chocolate and creamy head. Very thick and foamy
Aroma: Not much odor, maybe a slightly roasted aroma
Flavor: A little bit of everything, a slight taste of Coffee, Caramel, Chocolate, roasted barley. Some bitterness up front, smooth finish.
Mouthfeel:Smoooooooooooth. Not much body at all, it's hydrogenated, so about what I expected.
Overall: A fine representation of what am Irish Style Stout can be. Very Guinnessy, but with its own flavors, drinks very well.
Another great Beer School Experience, keep up the craic.