I got some beer when I was out the other night to try it, Tiger Beer it was called. Holy **** that stuff was nice and rocket fuel!
My first night on tour in Shanghai I was drinking Tiger. Didn't particularly care for it so I didn't bother to check the abv. I was just drinking. Had 4 to pregame and then was drinking out of a mini keg later in the night. It was the only night I've ever blacked out. This stuff destroyed me. And the hangover the next day was brutal.
Well, it's a different variant. Murphy's is sold a lot more in the South of Ireland (it's a Cork thing really), where it would be on tap in the majority of pubs. I would say that it tends to be a little nicer out of the can in comparison to Guinness, but I would normally order Guinness in a pub if both were available.
Have always felt it has a more coffee like taste if that makes any sense.
Arguably the best of the three mass produced Irish stouts is:
but when a pub is selling it, fewer people are drinking it so you'd still go for a Guinness because there is a better flow on the line.
+1 to Beamish. compared to beamish, guinness is really plain.
Best marketing I've seen. I drink Rogue ales just for the pictures and stories on the bottles.
My son told me today about Lawson ale he discovered at the Brewfest in Burlington VT last weekend. Apparently it killed at the festival.
I will be searching it out. http://www.lawsonsfinest.com/beermenu.php
Victory's Hop Devil
Victory's Golden Monkey
Leinenkugel Summer Shandy (although I feel it is a guilty pleasure)
Sam Adam's Noble Pils
Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale
Some stuff I haven't seen mentioned yet, may just have missed:
As far as Yuengling goes, I live in South Jersey about 10 minutes from Philadelphia so at least 95% of bars carry it. It's OK. It's not awful but I think a lot of people order it just to not order Bud, Miller or Coors. I'll order it if it's on special and I'm not in the mood anything but that's normally about it.