I had never tried Harp before. I'm not entirely sure why either. I tended bar in an Irish pub, for pete's sake. I have been attempting to expand my beer horizons for a few years now, and poor Harp just seemed to have slipped through the cracks. My husband bought a six pack of this lager for us to swig in front of our bonfire last night. Oh yesssssss...just perfect...
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Harp is a true Irish lager, brewed in Dundalk by the same folks who give us Guinness stout. I truly adore Guinness (and other stouts), so my curiousity was peaked when I read the bottle. This has to be good, this Harp lager. And oh, it is...so very good. When I poured it into an icy pilsner, the pale golden color was quickly topped with a tight, white, foamy head. A crispity crisp aroma with just a sweet touch of barley. And then I tasted it...*zing!* Tons of carbonation, a clean taste that brought ice cold spring water to my mind, and a sweetly bitter, hoppy aftertaste. Lots of hops, but mild. No pretention here, just in-your-face flavor and greatness. This is one easy going brew. Perfect for our easy going fire lounge.
My husband and I enjoyed a few (quite a few) more Harps in front of our towering bonfire. Well, all that heat warmed our beer just a little, something I worried about. It seems to me that as this beer gets a bit warmer, so does the flavor. It bloomed toasty and full, never puddling into a watery mess. Mmmhmmm.
After drinking a few Harps last night, and again tonight, I have to say it is a versatile brew, in the food sense. With the typical bonfire food of roasted hot dogs, chips (the new lime Tostitos are zingy and ideal), speeeecy spicy salsa, and dare I say it...S'MORES, Harp just tooled along becoming fast friends with all the goods. Tonight, Harp rubbed elbows with a lightly herbed and parmesan-filled primavera, and once again held its own.
OK, so you say it's pricey. Well, yeah...but at $7.50 for six 12 fl. oz. bottles, it is just worth it. I never have a problem with price when the reward is satisfying, versatile, and pleases my taste buds. Picky little buggers that they are...
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