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Salty Kiss

July 11, 2017 Leave a comment

Rating: 3.25

A second review of a Magic Rock beer in fairly quick succession now, this one following on from the mid-June review of their Common Grounds porter that I quite enjoyed and my sixth beer in total from the brewery. This one is the first review of a Gose style beer that I’ll have added here and is actually a beer that I first tried a number of years ago but wasn’t particularly keen on, only picking it up again this time around to check another style off my list of reviews really – hopefully I’ll enjoy it more this time around though. I recently spotted the beer in my local shop and given it was one of the cheaper beers on offer, I felt now was as good a time as any to give the beer another try to see how much my palate has changed in the last couple of years.

Appearance (3/5): A fairly light but cloudy golden colour that was bright and topped with a bubbly white head that was just under a centimetre tall, holding well in the early going before losing about half of its initial height after about a minute.
Aroma (6/10): Quite an unusual nose to kick things off, there’s definitely some salty notes coming through with a little bit of hay and some subtle fruits but it’s not really like anything I’ve had before and it’s hard to place. There is a slightly floral aroma with faint citrus and some sourness too but nothing is particularly strong in truth. Towards the end there is some tart and a few herbal notes but nothing is overly pronounced really.
Taste (6/10): More salty and sour than the nose, this one opens with a lot of tart and some solid lemon flavours alongside some tart and slight acidity. It’s more pronounced than the nose was with the citrus to the forefront, I got some berries background fruits not too far behind and further lemon flavours seeing things out.
Palate (3/5): Light-medium bodied but very well carbonated and quite crisp on the palate. The beer is very much a dry, sharp one that has a nice tang from the citrus and berries. It’s not the easiest beer to drink and it’s definitely on the salty side but I guess that’s to be expected given the name of the beer.

Overall (13/20): Definitely an unusual one from Magic Rock and not the usual type of beer I’d go for, I pretty much picked this one up to check a gose style beer off my list but the beer wasn’t all bad in the end. Opening with a lot of salty flavours and a huge amount to sourness too, there was lemon and some citrus in the early going with a tart and almost acidic backing but it wasn’t exactly a lambic style taste. It was a difficult one to drink at times, mainly due to the sourness and how dry it was but it was probably still worth trying if only for the novelty of it and that it was something different.

Brewed In: Huddersfield, England
Brewery: Magic Rock Brewing
First Brewed: 2013
Type: Gose
Abv: 4.1%
Serving: Can (330ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co.Wine & Beer (Glasgow)
Price: £2.20

Lapsang Lichtenhainer

March 22, 2016 2 comments

Rating: 1.95

A first beer from the Manchester based Cloudwater Brew Co. now and what will also be my first beer to fall under the lichtenhainer style of beer; grouped alongside grodziskie and gose beers on the RateBeer website, I picked this one up for the sole purpose of marking it off as a new style tried on the site (I think I only have another three beer styles to check off now) but it hasn’t hurt that Cloudwater is a brewery that I’ve heard good things about as well. The beer is a new one from the brewery that appears to have been released in February of this year having been brewed in collaboration with Port Street Beer House to celebrate their fifth birthday. Brewed with Mongolian Campfire and Rooibos teas and being a completely new style of beer to me, this one is an offering that I have no idea what to expect from but I’m just hoping it isn’t too out there and proves drinkable as I’ll be heading to Manchester later this year and wouldn’t mind trying a few other beers from the brewery if I get the chance.

Lapsang Lichtenhainer

Appearance (3/5): An incredibly light coloured beer, this one pours a light and almost watery golden colour that is quite clear. The beer is topped with a thin, half centimetre tall head that is white and bubbly with plenty of fine bubbles rising to the surface of the beer. Retention is quite as you’d expect with it slowly starting to break up over the opening minute and turn a touch patchy, although it maintained a little of its original height around the edges of the glass.
Aroma (3/10): Quite a strong and, to be honest, quite an off-putting aroma opens this one up with a strong smoked ham aroma that instantly reminded me of a rauchbier style offering. I’m definitely not a fan of this one on the nose with strong smoky notes coming through and almost completely dominating proceedings save for some light grassy notes and touches of hay sneaking in at the back-end. Thankfully it weakened ever so slightly after being given some time to open up but it was a terrible aroma in my opinion and one that makes me fearful for what’s still to come.
Taste (4/10): Thankfully not as in your face as the nose was in the early going but the taste was still a strong one with a huge amount of smoked ham to open things up. There was more of a sourness that followed on after that though but the ham still stayed with you as well. There was some lighter grassy flavours and the odd bit of hay plus some faint wheat that was reminiscent of a Berliner weisse beer but it still wasn’t an enjoyable taste for me.
Palate (2/5): A light-medium bodied beer that was well carbonated and definitely smoky with a fine, crisp feel to proceedings. There was some sourness from about the middle onwards and it was quite a dry beer with an after taste that seemed to go on forever.

Overall (5/20): Not a beer that I enjoyed at all and being my first lichtenhainer I obviously didn’t really know what to expect going in but if this one is anything to go by then I’m not sure it will be a style of beer for me. Thankfully the taste wasn’t as strong as the nose but the ham flavours were present throughout and I struggled to tell it apart from a rauchbier in the early going, save for the sourness that started to appear around the middle of the taste. It was a very hard beer for me to drink and not one that I’d recommend or go back to; I’ll probably have to grab another lichtenhainer at some point to see how it compares to this one but I think I’ll need to build up to it again.

Brewed In: Manchester, England
Brewery: Cloudwater Brew Co.
First Brewed: 2016
Type: Lichtenhainer
Abv: 3.6%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. Wine & Beer (Glasgow)
Price: £2.80