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Dark Revolution So.LA

Rating: 2.75

Another beer that I picked up from the Wee Beer Shop in Glasgow just before Christmas, this one a Salisbury brewed beer from Dark Revolution that I picked up in the hopes that it would be quite a fresh and lively pale ale with plenty of hops showing. The beer was a relatively well priced one and that was part of the reason I grabbed it given I’d never heard of the brewery before but the bottle also appealed to me for some reason and reminded me of beers from the Wild Beer Co. that I’d enjoyed in the past so I decided to give it a go; here’s what I thought of the bottle I eventually tried at the start of this year.

Appearance (3/5): Pale and hazy amber looking, this one is topped with a centimetre tall head that is white and foamy but manages to hold well initially but the beer itself looked relatively thin when it was being poured.
Aroma (7/10): Opening with some citrus hops and a background sweetness, the beer had some mango and apricot notes to start and was quite light overall. There was a nice bitterness showing throughout with touches of straw and orange towards the end as well.
Taste (6/10): Lighter than expected but matching the nose well, the beer opened with citrus and pine hops alongside some tropical fruits that added some sweetness to proceedings. There wasn’t a great deal of strength to the beer but some straw and grassy hops seen things out alongside a faint bitterness.
Palate (2/5): Quite light and almost watery at times, the beer was a bland offering for the most part but some hop bitterness did show at times. It was a dry beer that seemed quite smooth but was lacking in variety and came through quite weak from the middle on.

Overall (9/20): Very disappointing stuff from Dark Revolution, I went into this one expecting quite a strong and hoppy pale ale with plenty of citrus, pine and tropical fruits with a nice caramel backing but in the end it failed to deliver; some pine and citrus did show but it was far too weak and little else came through to back them up. The beer definitely seemed quite weak and bland with only a slight sweetness further on and some basic grassy hops to see things out.

Brewed In: Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
Brewery: Dark Revolution
First Brewed: 2016
Type: American Pale Ale
Abv: 4.5%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Wee Beer Shop (Glasgow)
Price: £2.30

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