BlackHaddock (3179) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The second real ale at the beginning of a session in the Cask Pub and Kitchen, London; Oct 2011: could I find any evidence of those 6 different hops and 5 types of malts used in this brew?
The hand pulled pint looked good: more brown than red or amber in colour, the off-white head, deep and full. Healthy looking beer, the head leaving some heavy lacing as the beer level sank (in half inch increments).
Those hops gave off a grapefruit, citrusy smell, some pine as well, the malts not really getting a look in on the aroma front.
The taste was a better blend of flavours, the malts asserted themselves more in the mouth than in the nose. Still plenty of hop bitterness about, initially and at the end, with the malts taking centre stage during the whole drink. Overall it seemed an easy drinking beer which was well balanced and uncomplicated, even if it had a multitude of different ingredients.
Tomethy (33) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lots of pine on the nose- not so much citrus. Really intriguing flavours going on of toast, pine and orange, with some pithy grapefruit lingering. 5AM clone, less heavy on Nelson though I would guess, but more reliable than BrewDog from my experience. A good balanced beer.
The_Bish (1124) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
More class from Magic Rock. As usual, highly hopped, malty and rich. Citrus and bitter.
davidbourne35 (12) - - MAR 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, The Beer Emporium, Sandbach. Aromas of soft malts and citrus hops, very little head but enough lacing. Not too hoppy, the malts seem to dominate although it is a well balanced beer. Was expecting a little more from this beer, but overall not bad.
zacgillbanks (1757) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Coppers in Newcastle. A deep ruby red coloured beer with strong orange marmalade, red fruity and sherbet flavours, hoppiness, red fruits again and a bitter slight woody finish.
BoBoChamp (5023) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl, new exclusive English brewery Anno 2011, from The Bottle Shop Canterbury, complex brew, malty/sweet and slightly fruity/bitter, easy to drink, balanced, clear, good head, good brew
iammarc (385) - Inverness, SCOTLAND - MAR 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Lively pour, amber brown body, dirty white thin head. Aroma is a combination of simcoe, cascade, grapefruit. Taste is high bitterness, straight from the hops! It largely evades the palate, apart from the odd sharp crisp tingle. Long bitter grapefruit finish. Overall the aroma wins it for me. Not bad at all, but would like a bit of a softer edge on the finish.
I drank this standing in my kitchen over a boiling pot of water.
suprchunk (1934) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red color. Medium-sized off-white to khaki head. Little bit of lacing after it quickly falls. Huge hoppy, citrusy aroma. Little bit of malt. Slight watered down malt flavor. A little hop flavor and bitterness. Decent.
stravale (1810) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - MAR 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Nina’s Mini Mart, Edinburgh
Reddish amber...very hazy...frothy white head...dissipates to thin layer
Aroma - Grassy spicy hops...citrus orange zest....slightly nutty...caramel malts..background hint of toffee...hint of burnt butterscotch...complex
Taste- - Grassy spicy hops...zesty citrus....grapefruit..orange zest...caramel malts..bit of toasty malts...bit of toffee...quite heavy hops and rich malts
Palate - medium carb...medium body...bitter zest palate. Finish - considerably zesty bitter finish...fades in the linger...clean well
Overall - A complex flavourful beer....another top beer from Magic Rock
tommann (2445) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle. Pours a hazy reddy orange with a small head. Aroma is piney hops and orange jelly. Taste is bready malt to start. Strong grapefruit bitter finish. A little one sided.