Tuesday, February 7, 2012

VT Pub & Brewery - Burly Irish Ale

The Burly Irish Ale is a characteristically smooth Irish Red with a refreshingly mellow hop character. This local brew has been a pub favorite for over 22 years.

Alcohol Content: 4.2%
IBU: 16
Malts: Marris Otter, Flaked Barley, Pale Crystal, Dark Crystal, Roasted Barley
Hops: Perle

Price: 4$ for a pint
Medium: Served in a regular pint glass

Aroma: A rich malt backbone supported by a very refreshing, minty green hop character. Underlying chocolate notes are submerged within a roasted malt profile. A bit of a caramel nose as well. All of these things play a very mellow role in the overall aroma (makes for a thin nose/ its neither big nor bold like other styles).
Appearance: Small off-white/ khaki head with good retention. Lots of lacing. Carbonation looks very minimal. Not sure what color to match with this one - perhaps Mahogany or dark Maroon. I'll just say red-brown. Very clear, as if filtered (but its not!).
Flavor: A small amount of caramel sweetness turns into a light, minty green hop bitterness. A small toffee-like sweetness is present during this, which then filters into a slightly toasted & roasted finish accompanied by a small amount of drying in the aftertaste. The perceived bitterness is most likely higher due to the roasted malt finish. Fairly balanced and quite pleasant.
Mouthfeel: Possesses some creamy characteristics but it's moderately thin bodied with some watery qualities. Moderately low carbonation. Very smooth, clean dry finish is quite refreshing - I can see why this would be considered a pub favorite in its drinkability. Everything else is great, no off-flavors or noticeable flaws.
Overall Impression: Similar to their other brews in its moderately low carbonation and great appearance -  also served a little warmer than one might expect (which may help balance the low hop aromas with the malts). There are no distinct characteristics that push this beer in the direction of particular malt or hops profiles. I'd say pair this with just about any food item on their menu and don't be shy to order another.

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