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Cromarty Red Rocker

Rating: 3.75

My fifth beer from the Cromarty brewery now, this one is a beer that I managed to try on tap at the Drygate brewpub in Glasgow over the weekend and will be my first beer from them since having their Happy Chappy pale ale back in May and really enjoying their Kowabunga American pale ale in April. This particular offering is a rye beer from the brewery that is well hopped and is actually one that I’ve had a chance to pick up on a number of occasions in the past but for one reason or another never decided to buy it which is surprising since all the beers from the brewery that I’ve sampled have been fairly nice ones, with the exception of the previously mentioned Happy Chappy which wasn’t one that I enjoyed at all. Thankfully this one was another good effort from the brewery and it was a nice chance since it’s not all that often I get the chance to try a new rye beer.

Cromarty Red Rocker

Appearance (4/5): Caramel to copper amber in colour with a slightly hazy body and a thin, foamy white head on top that is an off-white looking one that leaves some touches of lacing on the sides of the glass.
Aroma (7/10): Subdued hops and some touches of pine to start on the nose, this one comes through with a few floral smells and a bit of citrus before the caramel and biscuit malts start to come through and impart a touch of sweetness on the nose. There was some earthy notes too with the beer seeming well-balanced and fresh, it’s just a shame the hops weren’t a little more pronounced right at the start but it’s not a bad-smelling beer at all.
Taste (7/10): Much like the nose, this one starts with some pine and citrus hops but both seem a little stronger here which is welcome. The resinous pine was followed by some grassy hops and a few floral touches that complimented the nose well and were backed up by some caramel sweetness, earthy malts and touches of biscuit. I got some bread in their middle with the odd sugar plus some toasted and light bitterness towards the end.
Palate (4/5): This one was a smooth and fairly sweet offering that came through with a medium body that was dry in places. The carbonation levels were a little beyond medium and the beer seemed fresh and lively with a moderate bitterness towards the end and a good balance throughout.

Overall (15/20): This one was yet another good beer from Cromarty and goes some way towards making up for the disappointment of their Happy Chappy that I tried previously. The beer was quite hoppy to begin with, more so that I’d been expecting in truth but the nose could have used strengthening in that department a little. There was some nice sweetness and a good balance to proceedings with caramel and toffee flavours going well with the hops to give hint at an American pale ale in places; good stuff from the brewery and one I’ll likely have again at some point.

Brewed In: Cromarty, Highlands, Scotland
Brewery: Cromarty Brewing Co.
First Brewed: 2012
Type: Rye Beer
Abv: 5.0%
Serving: Draught (Pint)
Purchased: Drygate, Glasgow, Scotland
Price: £4.50

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