HOP HOUSE 13 LAGER
Review by Andy
A crisp and full-flavoured lager with subtle malty notes and fresh hop aromas with hints of Apricot and Peach.
Aroma: Light and hoppy with floral and citrus notes
Flavour: Full flavoured lager, hoppy with hints of peach and apricot
Palate: Lively palate, crisp and refreshing taste
Appearance: Golden amber lager with a thick frothy head
Named after an early 1900’s hop store building at St. James’s Gate where hops are still stored, Hop House 13 is a double-hopped lager made with Irish barley and aromatic hops and continues the 256 years of heritage and brewing excellence at St. James’s Gate.
Guinness brewer, Peter Simpson who led the development of Hop House 13 said, “I personally enjoy more flavoursome beers, so I wanted to make a lager with lots of character and flavour. After some months of exploring different recipes and collaborating with the other brewers, we created Hop House 13.”
Hop House 13 is a distinctive golden lager that is brewed with Guinness yeast, Irish barley and the best of hops from both Australia and USA – Galaxy, Topaz, (AUS) and Mosaic (USA). It has a sweet fruity aroma, with hints of Apricot and Peach, and subtle malt notes breaking through. Hop House 13 is full flavoured while still being crisp and hoppy with a refreshing clean finish.
Brewed by Guinness as a premium crafted lager, this has a trendy and understated design which I like, poured it has a constant but gentle fizz with a small head. Has the lager smell with an ever so slight fruity hint to it. A fairly fizzy hit in the first mouthful, you get a very subtle taste of the apricots coming through, and a lager with a decent amount of real flavour to it.
A decent lager this one, the fizz makes it stand out from other Premium lagers as these can tend to be fairly smooth, but this has a decent amount of punch to the taste and I’d happily sink a few of these. Well brewed and with good flavours.
I drink lager less and less these days, but this seems a bit more grown up than your piss-water lagers you get up and down the country. If you like your lagers trendy and fancy something a bit different then give this a whirl – very nice.