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Kowabunga

Rating: 3.8

Time for my third beer from The Cromarty Brewing Company based in the Scottish Highlands now, this one follows on from their Rogue Wave pale ale and their AKA IPA, both of which I reviewed here last March. Of the two, I particularly enjoyed the Rogue Wave offering thanks to the abundance of hops in the taste so I’m hoping this one provides more of the same from a brewery whose beers I really should have tried more of. Taking its name from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles slogan (an old favourite show of mine), this beer was released around a year ago now and it’s one I’ve spotted on a number of occasions since then so it is about time I got round to sampling it and seeing how it rates.

Cromarty Kowabunga

Appearance (5/5): A really nice looking, deep amber colour with am almost caramel like appearance to it. The head was slightly off-white in colour and roughly a centimetre tall with quite a foamy texture whilst retention was fairly good over the opening few minutes of the beers life.
Aroma (6/10): Quite light on the nose, surprisingly so as it happened but with some nice floral notes and a helping of subdued hops as well. Nothing really stuck out with the nose but I detected some citrus as well as some caramel and further sweetness right at the end. A nice smelling beer but one that was too weak on the nose for my liking.
Taste (7/10): This one starts off with some sweet malts and a few citrus hops backing them up, there is a nice floral flavour coming from the beer as well. Thankfully the taste was a lot stronger than the nose and that made things more enjoyable straight away. There was a nice bitterness throughout and some tropical fruits appearing around the middle too but no one flavour seemed to dominate, the hops did seem stronger the more I drank though but fell short of overpowering.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied and quite bitter throughout with some sweetness sitting in the background. The beer was well-balanced and carbonation levels were about moderate for the style too.

Overall (14/20): This one started really well, an excellent looking beer really and one that seemed to let me down immediately after this initial success. The beer was very weak on the nose and this made it a struggle to detect much of anything but at least there was no off smell or anything disgusting on the nose. Things improved slightly when it came to the taste with some nice tropical fruits and hops making themselves known, not a bad beer in the end but definitely not a classic either.

Brewed In: Cromarty, Highlands, Scotland
Brewery: Cromarty Brewing Co.
First Brewed: 2014
Type: American Pale Ale
Abv: 4.6%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. (Glasgow)
Price: £3.00

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  1. December 1, 2015 at 09:08

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