Monday, June 24, 2024

On the craft trail with Knockboy, Larkin's and Boundary

On the craft trail with Downtime, Larkin's and Boundary


Knockboy Mountain IPA 5.1% ABV, 440 ml can Bradleys

East Coast meets West with both pine and fruity aromas.

This Knockboy Mountain Pale Ale is pale and hazy with a soft white head. Pine heads up the moderate aromas, with citrus also featuring. A low bitterness count but the hops still stand out and that pine again emerges on the juicy and refreshing palate. A decent drop indeed and

Highly Recommended.

It is brewed by Downtime Brewing (at Third Barrel Brewing ) who tell us the carbon produced in making this beer has been offset by planting native Irish trees. Just wonder if any were planted in Knockboy which is the highest part of the River Lee on the mountains of the Cork / Kerry border.

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The hops are Mosaic, Citra, Simcoe and Cascade. The first three are also used in the double dry hopping at the end.

Malts used are Extra Pale Malt, Wheat and Flaked Oats.

Vermont Yeast is another ingredient.

Downtime was established in 2023.


Larkin’s Pale Ale 4.5% ABV, 440 ml can Carry Out Wexford

It is a pale ale and pale gold is the colour with a foamy white head and posses of bubbles racing towards the top. Aromas are on the citrus side. The palate has a good backbone from the hops and citrus continues to make an impact.

Bitterness is on the low side in this refreshing easy-drinking beer. Highly Recommended.

Hops: Cascade, Centennial, Mosaic, Citra.


Boundary I Know The Difference Belgian Pale Ale 4.5% ABV, 440 ml can O’Briens Wine

Very pale gold with a soft white head. Aromas are mild, herbal and slightly spicy. On the palate it is fruity, dry and refreshing. Not very bitter at all. This beer, a Belgian Pale Ale the brewers call it, is not too far away from lagers and pilseners, the kind of beers in which the Saaz hops are regularly used.

There is a minimalist description of the beer on Boundary’s social media. I’m not too sure I would call it Belgian though. 

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