Like blitzing down the Ballyhouras on a bike with an icy wind in your face, this pale ale delivers a refreshing crisp smack around the gills. With a pleasant grapefruit citrus aroma from Cascade and Simcoe hops, it is a great match with spicy or fried food. Try with fish and chips, smoked salmon 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: Fresh citrus and grapefruit aroma
Style: Irish Pale Ale
Malt: Irish pale malt, Carapils, Munich, Cara
Hops: Nugget, Cascade, Simcoe
Strength: 4.5% ABV
Bitterness: 38 IBUs
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: 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 Howling Gale 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.
Launch Date: First launched in April 2011. Core range – always available.
Serving temperature: 8 degrees celsius
Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs)
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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.