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Howling Gale Irish Pale Ale

Eight Degrees Brewing - Howling Gale Irish Pale AleHowling Gale Irish Pale Ale (ABV 5%) 33cl bottle, 30l/50l kegs

Like blitzing down the Ballyhouras on your bike with an icy wind in your face, Howling Gale Irish Pale Ale delivers a refreshing crisp smack around the gills. It pours a pale golden colour, and has a pleasant grapefruit and citrus aroma. The malty base is well balanced by Cascade and Simcoe hops. Goes well with fish, chicken or anything off the barbecue. Howling Gale was the first beer we ever brewed, all the way back in 2011, and is still our most popular beer.

Short description: crisp and refreshing – bright hoppy grapefruit – gentle bitterness

Style: Irish Pale Ale
Malt: Irish pale malt, Carapils, Munich, Cara
Hops: Nugget, Cascade, Simcoe
Strength: 5% ABV
Bitterness: 38 IBUs

Tasting notes
Colour/appearance: pale golden in the glass with a white head.
Aroma: bright grapefruit and pine on the nose.
Flavour: crisp pink grapefruit and pine needles. Medium body with some biscuit malt sweetness.
Aftertaste: smooth and crisp with a gentle smack of bitterness in the finish.

Food pairings: Howling Gale makes sure that spicy or fried food never becomes palate-clogging. Pale Ales are traditionally seen a great foil for spicy food – there’s a little bit of sweetness there that will cut the chilli burn – but don’t miss the chance to have it with fish and chips (or in the batter for the fish!). It’s well worth trying with a Cashel Blue and Broccoli Gratin, the bright citrus notes act like a squeeze of lemon with smoked salmon or pair it with semi-soft, washed rind cheeses like Milleens, Durrus and Gubbeen. It has a similar flavour profile to New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and can be paired with many of the same foods: fish, seafood, summer salads, chicken or anything off the barbecue.

Awards: Howling Gale Irish Pale Ale was voted best IPA by customers at Molloy’s Liquor Stores in their 2017 craft beer awards. Read more.

Launch Date: First launched in April 2011. Core range – always available.
Serving temperature: 8 degrees celsius
Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs)
Get social: #HowlingGaleAle

Reviews
The Irish Times – A heads-up on a tasty new brew
Howling Gale has plenty of flavour, with an attractive maltiness mid-palate and a lovely refreshing hoppy note kicking in on the finish. If you are trying to move on from lager, this would be a good place to start.

The Irish Times – John Wilson’s Review of the Year
From a brand new microbrewery based in Mitchelstown, a fairly full-flavoured ale, with a broad maltiness on the mid palate and a nice refreshing crisp hoppy finish. This has plenty of flavour and certainly avoids the temptation to dumb down to please the lager drinker.

The Irish Examiner – Cheers
Pale golden but aroma packs a fruity punch that plays just as well on the tongue. Sugary sweetness balanced by a spicy, hoppy crispness makes for a very lively mouthful.

Food & Wine Magazine – Beer of the Month
The lack of any artificial additives or ingredients really allows the crisp and refreshing flavours of this pale, golden ale to shine through without too much interference from other flavours. Beer purists should give this one a go for its natural, hoppy goodness.

The Irish Times – Beer of the Week
From a brand new Irish micro-brewery in Mitchelstown comes this fairly full-flavoured ale, with a broad maltiness on the mid palate and a nice, refreshing, crisp hoppy finish. This has plenty of flavour and certainly avoids the temptation to dumb down to please drinkers of watery lager.

The Irish Examiner – Beer of the Week
…a beautifully-balanced light-to-middle-weight ale; highly approachable even by dilettantes but hoppy and tangy enough to delight more dedicated beer fans.

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Get in touch

Eight Degrees Brewing Co Ltd Unit 3, Coolnanave Industrial Park Dublin Road, Mitchelstown County Cork, Ireland Tel: (025) 84 933 Email: cam@eightdegrees.ie or scott@eightdegrees.ie Twitter: @8DegreesBrewing Facebook: Eight Degrees Brewing

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