The last beer of the Irish six-pack. Harp is a beer that I’ve had on multiple occasions, albeit not in a very long time. I had it when I was in Ireland, and the locals would say that this was made for the Americans to drink. If they wanted something lighter than Guinness, they’d drink Smithwicks or Budweiser. But, I drank it just the same. I even used to look for it when I went out, simply because it was an Irish beer. I don’t think I ever thought that it was fantastic though. It’s also brewed by Guinness and has the classic Irish “harp” on the label.
Style: Euro Pale Lager
Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Harp Lager was first produced in 1960 as a bottled beer by the Guinness company (now Diageo), in response to the trend among drinkers in Britain and Ireland towards continental lager. Guinness converted its Dundalk brewery into a modern lager production plant with the guidance of Dr. Herman Muender, a distinguished German brewer. Various names were considered for the brand, including Atlas, Cresta and Dolphin, before Harp was chosen. The brand was marketed with the Brian Boru harp as its emblem. The manufacturer states that Harp is made with pure water from the Cooley Mountains, Dundalk.”
Random: At one point, I considered getting a tattoo of the Irish harp. Then, I actually saw it on someone and didn’t really like it and decided otherwise. I have a claddagh instead.
This brew poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear straw yellow color with a large amount of carbonation. The nose smelled a lot like a macro with some corn and sweetness from the malt. The taste was actually not as bad as I expected given the style. The sweetness was toned down a bit with some bitterness to it and a bit of grain. It was pretty unoffensive, actually. The thin body with lots of carbonation made it very crisp as well.The finish was quick with a hint of bitterness. Honestly, although I’m not a huge fan of the style, I’d take this one over a macro any day. Not bad!
Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0