I know you often get what you pay for but now and again a little gem comes along at a bargain price and McGrath's Craft Irish Amber No.5 certainly fits the bill. At only 79p from B&M Bargains, this is one beer I wish I'd stocked up on but of course there were none left when I went back for more.
It pours a slightly hazy chestnut brown colour with a small, loose beige head that disappears rapidly to leave a thin, patchy layer with a little lacing. The aroma is floral, fruity and hoppy with a hint of caramel and malt. I was surprised to find the notes in the aroma to be turned on their head in the amazing taste; it's so incredibly malty with big dollops of treacle and caramel followed by a slightly bitter citrus finish and a lingering sweetness on the lips.
It's very fizzy and quite harshly carbonated but mouthfeel is softened by the caramel and citrus notes that seem to glide across the tongue in their own bittersweet symphony. With a decent medium body, it's a very dry and refreshing ale.
I do hope McGrath's brew more of these as Ale definitely Be Seeing You again!
Brewed by Clanconnel Brewing Company, Northern Ireland
My Untappd score: 4.25/5