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

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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   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!


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
superflyguy (426) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2012
simply stunning. wonderful deep red hue. big pillowy head. aromas of all kinds of fruit, strawberry, mango, cherry. tastes all the above with pine and a touch of sherbert. obviously a great malty flavour comes through. wonderfully think mouthfeel, tart & slightly sour bitter finish. keg @ sheffield tap

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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Arczir (124) - POLAND - FEB 10, 2014
On tap at House of Beer, Cracow. Very pleasant, hoppy nose with absolutely lovely aussie notes; white grape, some red tropical fruits and solid malty, caramel aroma. Also - some flowers in the end. Beer itself is clear ruby with slick medium head. Looks tasty, smells tasty and is tasty indeed - really good caramel backbone right before palate-stomping, bitter finish of grape. Bitterness feels exactly like biting trough a grape stone while eating some sweet white grapes. Full bodied with slick texture, medium carbonation and pleasant, fruity palate. Very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (6660) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2012
Keg at IndyManBeerCon 2012. It pours cloudy red-brown, with a medium yellowish beige head. The nose is full of sweet red fruit: strawberry, cherry, lychee, as well as jam, pine and varnish. The taste is pine, resin, assertive bitterness, jammy fruit, lots of red berry, varnish and resinous hops, with a smooth, ballsy bitter finish. Medium body, moderate carbonation and slightly sticky mouth-feel. Wow! Balance is brilliant and alcohol is well-hidden. Delicious and utterly drinkable. Can these guys do no wrong?

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (10686) - 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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dogbomb (938) - 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.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenH (2239) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 19, 2012
Tap at bat. Dark red with off white head. Aroma of pine, NZ hop aroma, papaya, gooseberry. Similar fruit flavours, grape with a tasty caramel malt mad slight nuttiness. Full body with a bitter finish. Taste better than it smells,tastes ddelicious

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Desverger (1791) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2013
(keg@Catford Bridge Tavern, SE London) Dark sienna red in colour, with a medium off white persistent head and lacing. Aroma/taste caramel malt, toffee, with prominent fruity hop character, grapefruit, red berries, pine. Lovely mouthfeel/palate with sweet opening to a bitter finish. Really liked this allot, very impressive (D16)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
planky84 (2102) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2013
Keg at the Catford Bridge Tavern. First of all thanks to the missus (who once worked for a paint firm) for coming up with an exotic colour for this brew and thanks also to Reuben for the share! Dark sienna red pour with a fluffy white head. Strong berry aroma- raspberry, redberries with hints of red apple. Fruit burst on the palate. Flavours of orchard fruit, raspberries and blackberries with a hint of caramel. Nice bitter edge. Damned fine stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sigmund (5010) - Tau, NORWAY - APR 9, 2013
On tap at Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Cloudy brown colour, creamy beige head. Lovely aroma of Australian hops, notes of tropical fruits and fir needles. Intense flavour of hops throughout, again with notes of tropical fruits and grapefruit, fir and pine needles and resin. There is a sufficient malty backbone, but not much sweetness. The bitterness is firm, but not too extreme. Jolly good.


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