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Shilling Unicorn IPA

Rating: 4.0

My first beer from the Glasgow based Shilling Brewing Co. and a beer that I managed to try on-tap at the end of March in their brewpub based in the city centre of Glasgow. It was my first visit to their brewpub despite it opening last summer in a very central location, although now I’ve been once I imagine it would be long before  a return visit. I opted for the brewpubs flagship Unicorn IPA on my first visit despite the bar launching two sour gueuze beers on the night I visited, my thinking was that it must be a good introduction to their beers and luckily my suspicions turned out to be correct.

Appearance (4/5): Medium to bright amber with a centimetre and a half tall head that was foamy white and looked quite thick and held very well, sitting on top of quite a clear body.
Aroma (7/10): Starting with some nice citrus notes and a little lemon, the beer had a pleasant biscuit base to proceedings with some earthy malts and a subtle bitterness coming through as well. It wasn’t an overly strong offering but some butterscotch sweetness and a slightly floral aroma did feature further down the line which gave it a nice balance without it being overly complex.
Taste (7/10): The taste was a fairly bitter one to begin with, more so than the nose with some earthy flavours backing it up before some biscuit malts and hints of citrus showed themselves. There was more malts this time around too with some butterscotch and vanilla sweetness seeing things out nicely.
Palate (5/5): Full bodied and quite fresh, the beer came through with a lot of earthy bitterness as well as a slight citrus tang. It was quite an easy-going and smooth beer that was also quite creamy and seemed almost like a cask beer at times; excellent stuff.

Overall (16/20): Quite a nice one overall, it was a smooth and creamy offering with a full body that had me thinking it was closer to a cask than a keg offering at times. This coupled with the nice sweetness and the good balance to the beer made it quite an easy one to drink without it being overly complex or a standout offering; it’s one I’d have again though.

Brewed In: Glasgow, Scotland
Brewery: Shilling Brewing Co.
First Brewed: 2016
Type: Pale Lager
Abv: 5.2%
Serving: Draught (Pint)
Purchased: Drygate Brewery, Glasgow, Scotland
Price: £4.20

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