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Jaw Drift

Rating: 3.0

My fourth beer from Jaw Brew’s Glasgow brewery now and a bottle that I picked up at the weekend from the Shawlands Farmer’s Market after spotting them selling beers there a couple of weeks ago. This one follows very quickly on from the bottle of Fathom that I had from the brewery a couple days ago and is one that I can only hope is better than that offering, which to be honest was pretty pathetic. I did enjoy the first bottle I tried from the brewery, their Wave hefeweizen but the Fathom as well as the bottle of Drop I’ve tried since have both been terrible so I’m hoping this one can even things up for the brewery and persuade me to go back in a couple of weeks and pick up the rest of what they brew.

Jaw Drift

Appearance (4/5): This one thankfully pours a lot better than Fathom from the same brewery, the beer is a medium, hazy amber colour and is topped with a huge, three inch tall head that is foamy white and almost spills over the sides of the glass but settles as a cone shape on top of the beer with good retention and a lot of lacing left on the glass.
Aroma (5/10): Fairly light on the nose with some earthy malts and a few floral notes but nothing overly strong or noticeable for that matter. There is a few vegetable adjuncts coming through but thankfully there doesn’t appear to be any skunky notes or off-smells. There is some sweetness in there and a few grassy hops but not a whole lot else really; at least it wasn’t an off-putting aroma anyway.
Taste (6/10): Light and earthy malts with some touches of sweetness and a little corn, the beer almost seems like a lager right at the start but with a bit more bitterness. There is some grassy hops carried through from the nose and a faint bit of citrus but other than that there’s not a whole lot going on; a drinkable but fairly average tasting beer. 2.75
Palate (3/5): Smooth for the most part with only a touch of grain, this one is a light-medium bodied beer that is strongly carbonated and quite crisp with a dry, semi-bitter finish. There is a touch of skunk right at the end of the beer but it doesn’t quite spoil the beer at least.

Overall (10/20): This one is a fairly average, English style ale that remained drinkable throughout but will no doubt be distinctly forgettable. The taste wasn’t that bad with some pleasant malts but there wasn’t a whole lot else going on with this one really.

Brewed In: Hillington Park, Glasgow, Scotland
Brewery: Jaw Brew
First Brewed: 2014
Type: Golden/Blond Ale
Abv: 4.3%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Shawlands Farmers Market (Glasgow)
Price: £2.50

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