Brew Review – Irish Curse by Hourglass Brewing

“Good puzzle would be cross Dublin without passing a pub. Save it, can’t be done.”

  • James Joyce, Ulysses

Ireland is quite an amazing place to go, and I will say the beer is top notch.

Mind you, I only drank that one particular style of beer while I was there, but I drank it quite a bit, thank you very much. And as for whether drink is the curse of the Irish, I cannot say, other than assuming it’s just a harmful stereotype.

(Odd thing is many people of Celtic origin are genetically predisposed to absorb too much iron into their bloodstream, with significant health consequences, which many in the medical community consider a real Curse of the Irish. I was not prepared to learn that.)

No, the curse everybody assumes is still drink, especially beer, especially beers like Irish Curse (Red Ale, 5.5% ABV) by Hourglass Brewing in Longwood.

I do love me an Irish-style Red Ale, since they are so enjoyable to drink.

The color has a beautiful reddish-amber hue and the aroma brings a good amount of coffee with a light caramel undertone. The flavor speaks of an earthy hop bitterness, light touches of walnut, chicory, and rye.

It’s incredibly flavorful, very deep, with flavors much bolder than its color belies. This is apropos, seeing as Ireland is much more than assumptions can be. It is by no means enjoyable to have a ‘curse,’ but if this is the route we were going to go, things could be a lot worse.

Drink Florida Craft,


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