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The Grunter

Rating: 3.9

A first beer from Grunting Growler for me now, a local bottle shop based in Glasgow, Scotland and one that has recently started brewing a couple of their own beer. This is a beer that I was given as part of a gift set as a Secret Santa gift at work recently and I opted not to wait until Christmas before cracking the bottle open; a review the other beer in the pack, The Growler, will follow at some point in the near future. This particular bottle, a lager brewed with orange and ginger, is one that instantly appealed to me when I opened the box and I’m interested to see how it rates. Sadly I don’t really know too much about the set-up of this brewery really, other than that they make use of the facilities at Drygate Brewing across the city to make their beers; their website doesn’t really provide much details either.

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Appearance (4/5): Qutie a light, almost watered down amber that is semi-clear looking but is topped with a pretty nice looking, foamy white head that sits about a centimetre tall and leaves plenty of lacing on the sides of the glass. There isn’t much head movement in the early going, it just sits there for the opening minute or so before fading ever so slightly nearer the centre of the surface but maintaining good height around the sides.
Aroma (7/10): Fresh on the nose in the early going, there is definitely some of the orange mentioned on the label with some nice citrus notes in there backing them up. I got a nice touch of the ginger too and thankfully it wasn’t as strong or overpowering as expected, hopefully that is something that continues onto the taste. There was a little bit of spice coming through nearer the middle and some earthy malts before a couple of subtle hops featured. Throughout there was some subtle hops and grassy flavours making the odd appearance and overall the balance seemed good, although the ginger was still probably the strongest smell in there.
Taste (8/10): Opening up in a similar fashion to the nose, the first thing that hits you is the orange flavours with a little bit of citrus and maybe even some pine backing it up here. The ginger from the nose wasn’t far behind and same through a touch stronger without overpowering, a pleasant surprise. There was a little more sweetness coming through this time too, I got some decent sugars and strawberries with a few other nondescript fruits pushing forward to give the beer nice complexity. It was certainly an interesting one and unlike anything I’ve had before which is always nice.
Palate (4/5): Quite balanced throughout which I wasn’t expected, the ginger and spice was definitely the most noticeable but neither overpowered at any stage as I’d expected them to. There was some nice sweetness with the taste and the beer was well carbonated too, coming through with a decent tang from the citrus and plenty of fizz. It was an easy one to drink and came through surprisingly complex with some nice variety to it as well.

Overall (16/20): This one was quite a surprising beer and one that went down a lot better than I’d expected, I was anticipating an interesting beer given it boasted both ginger and orange on the label but I was impressed with how well-balanced both flavours were. There was a good complexity to this one with some nice hops and even some strawberries coming through nearer the end, plus the beer seemed quite fresh and lively throughout; an excellent beer and one I’d happily go back to again.

Brewed In: Glasgow, Scotland
Brewery: Grunting Growler (Brewed at Drygate Brewery)
First Brewed: 2016
Full Name: The Grunter Orange & Ginger Lager
Type: Premium Lager
Abv: 4.5%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Grunting Growler (Glasgow)
Price: Gift

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  1. January 24, 2017 at 08:51

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