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Beer – #824 – Magic Rock – High Wire Grapefruit

Beer Club Beer comes around again. and it is again a surprising beer, not one I’d usually choose. Grapefruit, a thing I haven’t had in ages. In a beer, never.

Same But Different 

Canned beer, 330ml at 5.5% ABV, which is about 165 calories a serve size, this is 1.43 standard drinks in New Zealand

Brewed by Magic Rock in the style that is  American Pale Ale  and  they are in Huddersfield, England

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High Wire (with 100% natural grapefruit flavour) is our tribute to the Pale Ales of the West Coast of America, beers unapologetically hop forward in character.

Let your taste buds walk this test of balance. Mango, Lychee and lip-smacking grapefruit flavours harmonise against a smoothly composed malt base, which develops into a crisply bitter finish.

Are you ready for our tightrope of taste…? 

So, what could possibly go wrong?

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as ? of its things from the thing.

Well not being an expert in Grapefruit I’d suggest that this is mostly grapefruit from memory, the red grapefruit not the bitter ones, but then I could be wrong.  Brilliant.

Magic Rock Highwire GrapefruitLovely golden pour with a lovely small head of crisp white.  That lovely citrus sharp note.

Bitter initially but this isn’t a full mouthfeel beer I was expecting.

This has that sweet spot of nicely bitter and just that hint of dryness that is both rewarding and not annoying. the aroma though is my favourite thing about this.

Would really liked to have something bigger in the mouthfeel and the middle part of this though, which would have made it outstanding, but I guess the problem with sour things like grapefruit is that it’s a spike and not a curve of flavour.

That sour grapefruit thing doesn’t detract from this, it’s not all there is, it’s the most of what there is though. I can see why it is popular because it’s familiar style with just a kick of twist away from the usual IPA tropical and yet at the same time a bit familiar and comfortable. Made me smile, and hardly touched the sides going down it was that easy to drink.

Get in!

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 of it’s things from the thing, I erred towards 7 for a point but i recon that just for the brilliant aroma of grapefruit it’s better.  Deceptively easy drinking and gies a lot back in flavour and taste without being burdensome, but I think might wear me out if I had a couple of pints of the stuff.  Plus Grapefruit, I won’t tell the doctor he’d just sigh.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? The Beer Jerk Beer Club
  • Am I enjoying it? It’s really something nice, brilliant aroma, colour and easy drinking, yes
  • Would I have another? I would but I could tire after a couple and need something else.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Yes of course, its not often that you get a familiar yet different taste from a familiar and popular style of beer. And it’s pretty looking in that can.

Music for this: ” Jamestown Story” and  “Flashbacks” on Spotify

Dane Schmidt, better known by his stage name Jamestown Story, is an American alternative acoustic singer-songwriter from Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

AMERICAN PALE ALE

American Pale Ales are light in color, ranging from golden to a light copper color. The style of this beer is defined by the American hops used. American hops typically have high bitterness and aroma.This is a perfect beer for big fare like grilled burgers or combination pizzas, as well as lighter fare like sushi and green salads

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6 comments on “Beer – #824 – Magic Rock – High Wire Grapefruit

  1. simonbroderick
    August 11, 2016

    I’m with you. One is grand…nice and refreshing but that’s plenty

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  2. kingmidget
    August 12, 2016

    I’ve noticed that grapefruit seems to be the fruit flavoring of choice these days at a lot of the local breweries and on the store shelves. I haven’t pulled the trigger yet on trying one. Now maybe I will.

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    • Philip Walter
      August 12, 2016

      The ‘latest’ thing, (aside from the seemingly never ending trend of ‘sours), was a rep today telling me that they’ve made a pumpkin beer, which you in the US have been doing for years.. There can’t be a lot left that they haven’t chucked in the barrel .

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      • kingmidget
        August 13, 2016

        Yes to pumpkin ale. When I was making my own beer, every fall I would make a pumpkin ale. It’s actually quite good.

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    • Philip Walter
      August 12, 2016

      At a beer festival ” Trouble Brewing are making the most of the weather, they’re soft serving mandarin lager with a mandarin Lager slushy head ”

      now I’m a bit intrigued ….

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