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Crossing The Rubicon

Rating: 3.6

A review of what was my fourth Drygate beer now and the first that wouldn’t be considered one of the brewery’s core beers; their Crossing the Rubicon IPA. This one is a bottle that I picked up from an Aldi store a couple of weeks ago after initially going in with a view of picking up a bottle of the same brewery’s Seven Peaks Mosaic IPA, sadly I was unable to find one but thought this one would be a suitable replacement. The beer itself is an occasional brew from Drygate and was initially released on keg and in bottle late last year but it seems Aldi has started stocking it again (as of September 2015) but hopefully they have a couple different offerings from the brewery the next time I visit; change is good after all.

Crossing The Rubicon

Appearance (4/5): This one pours a little darker than I’d anticipated, sitting in the glass as a hazy caramel amber colour but it is topped with quite a nice, centimetre and a half tall head that is foamy looking and holds very well indeed and leaves touches of lace on the sides of the glass.
Aroma (8/10): Fresh and quite a lot of hops hitting you upfront with this one, there was some mango and tropical fruits backed up by some strong, resinous pine notes. The beer is fruity and strong on the nose with the odd earthy malt sneaking in but it’s exactly what I was looking for to start things off.
Taste (7/10): A strong resinous pine and grapefruit taste kicks things off here with some tropical fruits coming through early on as well. The beer was very bitter with some faint citrus and a few touches of orange and grain. There was some earthy malts and grassy hops coming through towards the end but the pine definitely dominated.
Palate (3/5): Medium bodied and very bitter on the palate initially with a crisp, dry finish. Carbonation levels are average for the style and there is quite a juicy feel to the beer but it bit seem a little bitter for my liking.

Overall (14/20): This one starts well with the aroma in particular coming through strong and pleasantly, there was also a nice pine and tropical fruit taste running through the beer but I felt it was just a little bit too bitter overall to be a classic. I did enjoy the beer but I’m not sure it is one that I’d actively seek out again given how bitter it proved to be in the end.

Brewed In: Drygate, Glasgow, Scotland
Brewery: Drygate Brewery
First Brewed: 2014
Type: American IPA
Abv: 6.9%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Aldi (Wishaw)
Price: £1.49

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