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Sunday
Jul072013

HARP LAGER

Harp Lager. Developed in 1960 to give Guiness a toehold in the burgeoning lager field (see what I did there?), the Harp lager is now owned by Diageo. Sad, isn't it?

It's brewed in both Ireland and England and so, obviously, I had it in Canada. Well, I was sitting in an airport lounge and it was on tap, so what else was I to do?

The pour leaves it looking like most other lagers: golden amber, good head and (being in North America), bloody cold.

But it's more complex than it initially seems. For starters, it keeps it head a long time and the carbonation is just about spot on. Then there's a malty hit that has tones of grass and is a touch sweet with a nice whisp of bitterness to finish off.

It's a reasonably standard lager, done very well with a lovely mouthfeel. It's nothing special, but I'd happily sit down to another one.

 

6/10

 

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