Radical Road - Stewart Brewing Ltd
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3.94/5 rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
500ml bottle. This brewery first approached our province last summer - strange how only now we are seeing distribution of their products. Given the label, this one appears to actually be called [Radical Road], apparently named after a road in Edinburgh's Holyrood Park, so deemed as such after 19th century unionist activities in Scotland.
This beer pours a hazy, murky golden amber colour, with one finger of bubbly, loosely foamy dirty beige head, which slips away rather readily, leaving a bit of low headland lace around the glass.
It smells of somewhat bitter orange and watery grapefruit pith, further musty herbal notes, bready, mildly crackery pale malt, and a softly over-steeped green and black tea hybrid essence. The taste is more bitter citrus and herbal hops, biscuity caramel malt, and subtle tea shoppe essences. Simple, but genial and provocative in its appeal.
The carbonation is low-key and duly supportive, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, that so-called triple hopping having barely a say at this juncture. It finishes off-dry, sort of, as the hops now enjoy the run of the house, though do little in the way of rockstar destruction, so the malt still is allowed minimal input.
A pleasant enough pale ale on its own, with a healthy dose of seemingly new-world (hybrid?) hops, though not enough to really push this into IPA territory (an unnecessary gambit, really), as the result is drinkable all the same.
Serving type: bottle
06-02-2013 03:47:24 | More by biboergosum
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.83/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
A 'triple hopped pale ale' this pours a hazy deep yellow and has a good hop start. And to really jazz things up apparently Junga hops were added during the conditioning of this beer. Although being somewhat hop forward there is also some gentle lingering sweetness too before shifting back to some decent hop grip which the relatively light body tries to support. The beer does hold up in the glass over the long haul showing some complexity but it really could do with more integration of the many positive elements here to make it tighter and firmer.
Serving type: bottle
06-30-2012 21:15:39 | More by Zimbo
Radical Road from Stewart Brewing Ltd
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