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Magic Rock Ringmaster

Rating: 3.8

Time now for what will be my second review of a Magic Rock beer and one that follows on from the bottle of their Highwire American pale ale that I reviewed here just over two years ago now. Ringmaster is the breweries flagship pale ale and is one that I managed to find on-tap at The Hanging Bat beer cafe in Edinburgh over the weekend, the first time I’ve tried one of this breweries beers on-tap so it wasn’t an opportunity to be missed – hopefully I can find some more of their stuff in the near future as I’m particularly keen to try both their Cannonball IPA and Rapture amber ale sometime soon.

Magic Rock Ringmaster

Appearance (4/5): Pale golden in colour with a slightly cloudy body and a thin, fine bubbly head on top that is white and sits as a foamy surface lacing after a minute or so.
Aroma (7/10): Medium strength citrus hops and some floral notes hit you first with this one, there is a touch of light pine as well though and some fruity notes that includes pineapple and grapefruit appear soon after. There is a few pale malts making an appearance with a grassy aroma in there towards the end too.
Taste (7/10): Quite floral tasting initially with a grassy hop like taste that features some pine and topical fruits, most notably the grapefruit and pineapple from the nose but also some mango and further citrus as well. I could detect a touch of spice and a few pale malts helped balance things out towards the end.
Palate (4/5): Quite a bitter beer without seeming overly intense, there was a tangy feel to the beer thanks to the citrus and this helped make the beer quite a dry one, particularly towards the end. The body was about light-medium and carbonation level seemed moderate with the beer coming across as quite a crisp and clean one at the end.

Overall (16/20): This one was quite an enjoyable session offering from Magic Rock, whilst it wasn’t one that hit the heights of their Highwire pale ale it was still a very nice beer and one whose main strength lay in how easy it was to drink.  The beer packed quite a lot of flavour into its 3.9% abv. and although the nose could have been a little stronger it certainly couldn’t be considered weak or watered down. Good stuff again from Magic Rock and definitely a beer worth trying, particularly if your looking for a decent session beer.

Brewed In: Huddersfield, England
Brewery: Magic Rock Brewing
First Brewed: circa. 2011
Type: American Pale Ale
Abv: 3.9%
Serving: Draught (Schooner)
Purchased: The Hanging Bat, Edinburgh, Scotland
Price: £3.00

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  1. July 7, 2015 at 21:23

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