Today’s beer is the Wexford Irish Style Cream Ale. This beer is draught style. For those unfamiliar with the term, draught style is an attempt to recreate the experience of pouring the beer into a glass directly from a tap and keg. This isn’t necessary for all beers, but when done correctly with the right beer it makes a world of difference. And Wexford does it up right. As the beer pours into my gleaming pint glass the nitrogen widget in the can works its magic.
Magic may be too mild a word. With even a gentle pour the entire glass momentarily becomes a sea of swirling, creamy foam that threatens to spill over the side. As I stare in wonder, the bottom of glass begins to clear and turns a beautiful bronze/amber color, while above it the tan head seems to be coursing down the inside of the glass in a series of waves. Watching the rest of the glass clear is nothing short of mesmerizing and I’m left with a one finger head that is so dense, rich and creamy I bet I could float a penny on it.
The aroma of the beer is very pleasant – a light hint of sweet malt that gently fades into a mellow toffee. The taste more than makes up for the last two beers I reviewed. This one is all ale – with a very nice mix of caramel malts and a noticeable but mild bitter hop bite that stays on the palate and leaves you wanting more. It sounds strange but I love the way this beer feels in your mouth – not too carbonated but almost effervescent and creamy at the same time. This one is a pure delight.By Eric – beer loving husband.