Helvick Gold Irish Blonde Ale
A world away from your typical tasteless lager,
this is a really interesting thirst-quenching beer
with an astringent very dry finish, very distinctive
hoppy fruits and good length. Delicious.
John Wilson, Irish Times Magazine 10th July 2010
This is a refreshing blonde ale generously hopped to give bitterness and aroma that packs a punch!
Our blonde ale is not a bland ale, there is a complexity at play here with a fruity aroma balanced by a hoppiness that makes it a slightly challenging but still quite easy to drink beer.
Helvick is a great summer’s day drink, perfect for cracking out at the barbeque. Enjoy at cellar temperature (8—14°C) or cooler for a great warm weather thirst quencher. It’s an excellent beer to pair with food and works particularly well with spicy food.
This and all our beers contain a vitamin-rich yeast sediment in the bottle which is a by-product of the natural carbonation that occurs in the bottle. To pour a clear pint, pour out in one go and leave the last drop in the bottle. However, this is purely for aesthetic reasons and the sediment is absolutely fine to drink.
Cheese pairings: Pairs well with soft/semi soft cheeses as the hops balance out the delicate flavours while cutting through some of the creaminess without overpowering the cheese. You could also pair Helvick Gold with a stronger flavoured cheese such as a smoked cheese for more of a contrasting pairing.
Food pairings: Good with spicy foods, or try it with seafood — the citrus of the cascade hops provides the perfect accompaniment to fish and shellfish without overpowering the flavours.
Recipes: Mussels poached in Helvick Gold, Helvick Gold Corn Bread.
Alcohol: 4.9% ABV
Hops: Cascade, East Kent Goldings, Northern Brewer
Calories: 230 per 500ml