MFBR Overall Rating
A lager, shock horror! After all this sun we’ve been having I’ll admit, I’ve been seeking lager. But fear not my beery friends, there will be no premium rubbish gracing this upstanding blog. For this is #craftbeer (ha, it’s brewed by Guinness). Today’s cheeky review is of Hop House 13 Lager – what may be the liveliest little beer I’ve had so far. Except Fosca Art, which exploded all over me so I couldn’t actually review anything besides carpet cleaning products.
Energy of the Emeralds
Well, well, well. If you’ve ever been lucky enough to see a leprechaun dance (these guys haven’t), you’ll know it’s got some unnatural energy. Immediately you get a really infectious fruity aroma – a bit of peach and apricot in there amongst others. Hop House 13, nasally, is really quite attractive.
Now, I think we all know how terrible I am at pouring a beer into a glass, but hey, I’m from Swanley and it’s pretty much all Tennants from the can (this link should not be opened in a professional environment) or a Stella on pay day. However, I poured this straight and narrow to a beautiful golden straw, darker than your average lager and with a gorgeous, thick, rocky head.
The lacing though. See how fast this little leprechauns legs are moving? Double it, then double it again. There is a ridiculous energy in this glass and the head went from 1 inch-ish on the pour to a couple in lightning speed. It settles just a rapidly, disappearing into the ether… like the end of a rainbow?
Like a pot o’ gold
You chase down the end of the rainbow (which turned out to be circular after all these years) and that pot of gold is just never there. The flavour on the first sip is not disappointing, so much as it didn’t live up to the excitement of the scent and the visuals. Once the lacing has settled you don’t get the energy of those bubbles riverdancing across your tongue and it actually feels a little flat.
Flavour-wise, yes, Hop House 13 beats a premium lagers wateriness and subdued hoppiness. There’s a depth to the flavour and the mouthfeel on the swallow is meatier – the fruits are there, but subtle and the dryness of the aftertaste is surprisingly well balanced. For a lager it feels quite heavy and gets drier throughout the beer.
Hop House 13
Overall, it’s a good little lager – I would have hoped for some of the fruitiness in the smell to be more apparent in the taste and it is a touch on the heavier side for a sun-session lager, but thumbs up to the chaps at Guinness for brewing a decent and different enough “premium-crafted lager”.