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ROK IPA

Rating: 2.45

This one is the first of ten Scottish beers that I recently picked up in an Aldi supermarket as part of there ‘Summer Beer Festival’ promotion, I needed a few extra beers with the World Cup coming up. This one, ROK IPA, is another one that falls under the Traditional Scottish Ales banner and is brewed in Stirling, it is also a beer that I’ve seen countless times in various supermarkets and I’ve always declined to pick up a bottle. I finally changed my mind and grabbed this one due to the fact I knew I would eventually anyway but I was stupidly influenced by the label on the beer which calls the beer an IPA when in fact it is simply an English style bitter and not a very good one at that sadly.
ROK IPA

Appearance (3/5): Light and pretty clear looking, golden straw colour with a thin head that sits just under one centimetre tall and holds fairly well. It looks slightly creamy and is white with very little movement over the opening minutes.
Aroma (5/10): Fairly light on the nose with not a lot of strength really, there is some light, earthy hops and grassy hops plus some earthy malts as well and touches of bitterness. It’s pretty bog standard and not very interesting if I’m honest, it could have used a little something different in there to mix things up.
Taste (5/10): Much like the smell with a combination of earthy hops and malts, a very slightly boozy taste and some faint sweetness as well. There is some bitterness coming through as well and watery patches but not a lot else sadly, again it could have used a cutting edge.
Palate (2/5): Medium bodied and quite smooth although that was probably down to the fact it was quite bland and almost watery in areas. There is a bitterness throughout and some hints of sweetness but it really is quite a boring beer.

Overall (9/20): This one wasn’t exactly a bad beer, it was just that is was a real disappointment and not really that enjoyable either. The flavours was pretty one-dimensional with not much more than some basic, earthy malts and hops, some faint sweetness and the odd bland patch; give this one a miss folks.

Brewed In: Stirling, Scotland
Brewery: Traditional Scottish Ales
Type: English Bitter
Abv: 4.0%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Aldi (Wishaw)
Price: £1.59

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