Harp Lager – Classic Irish Pale Lager
74 Blade Chainsaw
Harp Lager is a classic Irish Pale Lager that has some association with Guinness in the Canadian and US markets, but have been intentionally separated as marketing entities globally by its parent company, Diaego. It's list of ingredients are hard to find, but it is a classic Pilsener type lager with usual hop selection for the style for a total of 5.0% Alcohol by Volume , 23.5 IBUs and 152 calories .
The Great Northern Brewery in Dundalk , Ireland first produced Harp Lager in 1960 and was later taken over by Courage, Barclay & Simonds, Scottish & Newcastle, Bass, Mitchells, & Butlers and Guinness breweries. As a draught beer in 1964, its regional popularity spread locally and its bottled beers continue to be successful world wide.
Onto The Method
7.0/10 Blades - The Classic
1.0 - Appearance – A light golden body filled with vibrant and rapid carbonation that forms a thin layer, producing some healthy lacing.
1.5 - Aroma – A surprising hop floral bouquet hits the nose over a light malt grain base.
1.5 - Taste – The unexpected hop aroma turns into a crisp dry flavor that in balance accompanies the rich and grainy malt base.
1.5 - Palate –A thin yet nicely filled body that is crisp and light as well as refreshing.
1.5 - Overall – A well balanced brew that is on the light side, the subtle but evident hop personality pleases the senses with its unexpected yet welcomed appearance.
5.0/10 Blades - The Hammer – the booze -At an alcohol content of 5% ABV, the hammer is decent but fares well with its light body.
7.0/10 Blades- The Knife – digestibility - A smooth and welcoming invitation of the gut processes this light and easy prey with little effort and indignation.
7.0/10 Blades - The Spider – the lift - A sweet lift comes on after the second and continues its modest but reliable climb throughout the night.
8.0/10 Blades - The Motor –can you handle it? - The conclusion of the six pack proves to be easy as this machine is both clean, crisp, light and easy to pound while enjoying a sweet yet controlled buzz.
40.0/50 Blades - the buzz – Harp lager is a nice surprise to the bad run of imported lagers I've tried. Though its far from being a perfect beer, it scores well within its imported lager genre and deserves some good grades for that. Besides the comparison notes, this Harp beer buzz combines the clean and crisp disposition that makes pounding so easy with a pleasing malt base and well selected hop notes to bring on a comfortable and reliable buzz. Harp lager has a modest alcohol content over a light and easily processable body as well as a smooth lift that's easy to ride through the end of the night.
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