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Roosters Yankee (292 of 1001)

Rating: 3.6

Another beer from the 1001 beers list now, a can of Yankee from the Rooster’s brewery based in north Yorkshire that I managed to pick up in my local bottle shop recently. The beer is labelled as the ‘original new style pale ale’ on the can and alludes to the fact that this one was originally brewed way back in 1994 as a golden style ale. The beer uses cascade hops from the United States, hence the name of the beer and the hops were picked to give the beer the most floral taste possible. As a result of the use of these hops, the beer was a bit ahead of its time and is probably why it is still so popular twenty-one years later.

Roosters Yankee

Appearance (4/5): This one pours as quite a light bodied beer, sitting in the glass a bright golden colour that is very clear and is topped with a thin, foamy white lacing for a head that just about covers the surface of the beer and seems to remain fairly consistent over the opening few minutes at least.
Aroma (6/10): Medium strength floral hops and some grassy notes kick things off with some light fruits and citrus coming through soon after, the lemon being the most easily identifiable. There is some biscuit notes and quite light malts starting around the middle, a faint found of pine and a hint of sweetness and spice finish things off nicely. This one is quite a pleasant smelling beer with a few nice hops coming through, a decent nose without truly standing out.
Taste (7/10): Initially the taste matches the nose closely with some grassy and floral hops coming through early on, there is some touches of pine adding some bitterness as well. Around the middle the biscuit from the nose started to come through a little stronger than before though and some light-medium strength malts appeared alongside them. There was a touch more spice than the nose as well with this going into its own towards the end of the beer and there was some light sweetness dotted throughout.
Palate (4/5): This one was a fairly bitter beer, there was more of it present than the hops seemed to indicated and it bit feel a little forced in places but on the whole it was a fairly nice part of the beer. The body was a light-medium one with moderate carbonation and the beer seemed to be a crisp and fairly clean one.

Overall (14/20): Not a bad beer at all and one that started to grow on me a little as I worked my way down the can. As expected it was quite bitter and hoppy without really matching the heights of some of the more recent pale ales and IPA’s but it’s certainly not bad for a beer that was first brewed over twenty years ago. It packs in a lot of flavour to its 4.3% as well but still proved quite an easy beer to drink without being one that you’d be likely to go out of your way to pick up again.

Brewed In: Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, England
Brewery: Rooster’s Brewing Company
First Brewed: 1994
Type: American Pale Ale
Abv: 4.3%
Serving: Can (330ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. (Glasgow)
Price: £2.20

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