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Jaw Drop

Rating: 2.55

The second beer I’ll be reviewing in as many weeks from a relatively new Glasgow based brewery now, Drop is a golden ale from Jaw Brew that promises quite a hoppy, bitter taste so it’s definitely one that I’m looking forward to. Along with their previously reviewed Wave hefeweizen, this is another bottle that I picked up at Shawland’s Farmers Market in Glasgow’s south side last weekend when I spotted the brewer with a stall at the market. From what I can tell, this one is the brewery’s original beer and also appeared to be the most popular beer at the market stall last weekend so hopefully that is a good omen and this one comes out as good as the hefeweizen from last weekend, although that may be a tall order given how much I enjoyed that one. Up until last weekend this wasn’t even a brewery that I had heard of despite it being located only a few miles from my home but I have coincidentally spotted a couple of their beers in the odd bar and shop since then so I can only assume they are getting bigger with every passing week and we’ll be seeing a lot more of them in the future.

Jaw Brew Drop

Appearance (4/5): Pouring with quite a hazy and cloudy looking body, this one sits as a light golden colour in with a very big, inch plus head that is very foamy looking and thick. Retention isn’t too bad either with some reduction in size early on before ending up about three-quarters of its original size and holding; there is quite a bit of lacing on the glass too though.
Aroma (6/10): Fresh on the nose and lively with some good grassy notes coming through early on alongside some citrus and a few slightly earthy hops. There is a touch of pine and faint floral notes with some biscuit malts and a few hints of skunk towards the end.
Taste (4/10): Starting quite hoppy again, this one is similar to the nose with some nice citrus flavours and grassy hops featuring alongside a good floral base that has a light, earthy flavour to it as well. There is a bitterness throughout but a few adjuncts seem to sneak in as well sadly.
Palate (2/5): Light-medium bodied with more carbonation than I would have liked and some skunky patches sneaking in, the beer was a little grainy although it did at least seem refreshing early on but the balance just wasn’t there and it turned in to a bit of a struggle to finish if I’m honest.

Overall (7/20): This one a was real disappointment in truth, the did get off to a nice start and the head retention lifted my hopes up for this one but it failed to deliver after the initial hop burst passed with and there was little to follow that kept me interested. After really enjoying the bottle of their Wave hefeweizen this one was doubly disappointing and won’t be one I go back to sadly.

Brewed In: Hillington Park, Glasgow, Scotland
Brewery: Jaw Brew
First Brewed: 2014
Type: Golden/Blond Ale
Abv: 4.2%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Shawlands Farmers Market (Glasgow)
Price: £2.50

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