March 29, 2007

Harp

I made a mistake this week. It wasnít until late last night that I realized that I it was Wednesday. That meant I had a beer review to do. It was too late for my deadline yesterday, so Iím doing it a day late. Hope no one is too upset, especially since I ended up not doing one last week. This is the last review for the month of March, which means the last Irish beer for a while, this week I did Harp Lager by the Guinness Brewing Company.

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We have a standard 12 oz brown bottle with a front, back and neck label. The labels arenít all that fancy, a cream oval on a dark blue background. It has the name of the beer and the picture of a harp on it. Along the bottom it tells you that itís ďFrom the brewers of Guinness.Ē

When poured into a standard pint glass, the beer itself has a nice golden to straw yellow coloring. Itís clear with no distortion or cloudiness at all. It formed a nice half-inch head that dissipated very slowly. As the head disappeared, it left a good, thick lacing on the side of the glass.

The smell was kind of week. There was a nice floral scent of hops with a touch of malts to it. There was a citrus undertone like that of lemon that helped enhance the hops and malts. The flavor was that of malted grains with just a touch of hop bitterness. The flavor wasnít very strong. Iím even going to say it was a little on the week side.

This is a light bodied beer. There is a nice level of carbonation that makes it easy to drink. Itís very crisp and refreshing.

This is not a bad beer; Iíve had it before and was never overly impressed with it. Since it is an import, Iím not sure itís actually worth the price for the quality. Iím going to give Harp 5 out of ten.

Posted by Contagion in Alcohol at March 29, 2007 06:10 PM | TrackBack
Comments

Finally, you're reviewing a beer I not only know but actually LIKE!!!

:-)

Posted by: Tammi at March 29, 2007 09:05 PM

I like this beer, but as you mentioned, it's rather overpriced for what you get. When it's on sale in early March, I usually grab a case.

Posted by: Ogre at March 30, 2007 08:47 AM