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Brewed by Magic Rock
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Huddersfield, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
An "India Red Ale" A deeply red, raucously hopped showstopper of a beer. We took our Rapture red hop recipe and turned the volume up to 11. A kaleidoscope of speciality malts deliver a robust yet smoothly sweet mouth feel while sack loads of Australian whole hops bring tropical fruit flavours of lychee, papaya and passion fruit. For the grand finale we introduced waves of magic aroma by dry hopping the beer with kg after kg of those same big and beautifully pungent Aussie hops. Roll up, roll up, The Big Top is in town!


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dogbomb (997) - ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2012
Keg. Deep red scarlet ale. Opaque with, as expected, a BIG TOP. decent offwhite head too. Smells of mango, grapefruit, lime. Taste is surprisingly malty, but still tons of fruits. Mango and lychee and a little plum perhaps. Finish is solid. Dry, sweet and bitter and lasting.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (11073) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2012
Tap at William IV (Magic Rock takeover) 10/12/12. Dark chestnut brown with reddish hues, good sized bubbly off white head. Nose is caramel malt, Tizer, sugars, good thwack of pine, hops. Taste is pine forward, dark toffee, light smoke, touch of wood. Full bodied, soft carbonation, bitter finish. The alcohol is well disguised. More great stuff from Magic Rock !

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (13012) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2012
Keg at King Bill IV, London during the Magic Rock event. Pours rich, amber-brown with a tight, creamy tan cap. Nose holds dirty earth and pine, toasty bread, toasty grass. Medium sweet flavor with lots of pine, earth and dirt, some burnt grass, rich toasted brown bread, very light dried berries. Medium bodied with average, smooth carbonation. Moderately resinous finish with toasted pine, dry berries, mild warmth, rich brown bread. Good and ballsy.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (8822) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 3, 2012
Half- pint, keg beer, served chilled at BrewDog Camden. Slightly unclear, dark brown body. Bubbly, tan-coloured head. Rings of lacing down the glass. Aroma of bitter liquorice and dark, mid-sweet malts. Blended flavour of apricot and liquorice bitterness. Bitter dried fruity ending. Nice but quite heavy to drink (London, 06.11.2012).

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (16807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2012
26th November 2012
Euston Tap. Cloudy rto muddy red brown beer, tidy pale tan head. Not a pretty beer! Smooth semi soft palate with fine minerally carbonation. Very creamy malt with a streak of grain. Big skunky hops. Traces of citrus and red berry fruits. Finishes smooth and semi dry. On the face of it this should be a very good beer. But it’s a little to grainy and the hops a bit too skunk dominant Still not bad though!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
spacecube (1121) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2012
On tap, deep red pour with a small head. Malty and fruity hops, the defining aroma characteristic is a nutty note which was quite unusual, big alcohol kick. Nice beer

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (5295) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Keg @ The Euston Tap. The pour’s hazy reddish brown with a tiny off-white head. The nose is tangy cherry meat, a bit of fruit squash, plenty of acerbic grassy countryside aromas. The taste is big tropical fruits (mango and pineapple) balanced by some rich nuts and piss-soaked wood. Quite bitter on the finish. Medium body, a sipper. Overall, another good brew from Magic Rock.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
stravale (2370) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - NOV 27, 2012
Keg @ BrewDog Aberdeen 261112
Reddish copper amber, clear, off white head, good lacing
Aroma - fruity caramel malts, orange, grassy hops, some fruity red berries, soft citrus hops, resinous hops
Taste - caramel malts, rich malt here, bitter herbal note, grassy hops touch of nettles, some citrus hops, lots of malt here, fruity caramel, touch of toffee, caramel toffee taste a bit like the stuff they coat popcorn
Palate - soft to medium carb, fairly oily. Finish - bitter grassy hop linger with a touch of caramel scorched toffee
Overall - Another good beer from Magic Rock but not one of their best - a tad malty for me but that just my own preference

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (15923) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 27, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2012 tap at hanging bat ... nice ruby red ... big foam light tan head .... big zezty woody citrus nose ... way too cold... can tell just picking up glass ... quite bitter ... loads of hop (very nannystate) ... light woody bitter ...way too bitter for me, and looking at other ratings just me

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FaithHealer1 (358) - SCOTLAND - NOV 23, 2012
Keg at Arcadia, Leeds. Pours a deep ruby, finger of slightly bubbly head. Aroma is all the good youd expect, caramely malt and cloves/spice. Taste is initially a little sweet, with a caramel/sherbet thing found on, before it expands into a hoppy balloon of bliss. The malt balances it brilliantly (dominating is too strong a phrase), with a nice spicy, clovey note as well as little sweetness. The way this expands on the palate is really impressive, and right up my street. Magic Rock are yet to properly disappoint me: this is a stunner.


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