Grand Rabbits - Blackrocks Brewery
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4/5 rDev +7.2%
I picked up a can of Blackrocks Brewery's Grand Rabbits last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I'm looking forward to this one, not a lot of American Brewerys make a good Cream Ale and I'm interested to see what Blackrocks can do with this style, so lets see how it goes. No visible canning date. Poured from a 12oz can into a imperial pint glass.
A- The can looks nice, it's got a good design to it that goes well with the name and I think it's eye catching. It poured a hazy lightly pale yellow color that took on more of a golden hue when held to the light with a little over a fingers worth of creamy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty and patchy lacing behind. This was a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints.
S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart some sweet malt, lightly grainy and pale malt like aromas with a slight biscuit aroma and a pretty light creamy aroma showing up in the background. Up next come a noticeable lemon like aroma followed by some citrus rind, grassy, and floral hop aromas showing up. This beer had a pretty good aroma, the citrus aspects go nice with the Cream Ale base.
T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with the a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the sweet malts and biscuit malts seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes that same nice lemon aspect that I got in the aroma with those other hoppy aspects that I got in the aroma with neither one seeming to stick out the most. On the finish there's a higher amount of light bitterness with a sweet malt, slightly grainy and lemon like aftertaste. This was a pretty good tasting beer, the hops showed up just enough and they made for a interesting tasting Cream Ale.
M- Smooth, clean, crisp, a little refreshing, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good and it worked nicely with this beer.
Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer and I thought it was a good and unique example of the style, it still let enough of those Cream Ale aspects shine through to let me know that this is still a Cream Ale, but the dry hopping adds a nice layer of complexity that you never really find in the style and I liked that. This beer had very good drinkability, it was smooth, clean, crisp, a little refreshing, not too filling and the taste did a nice job of holding my attention, I could see myself drinking more than a few of these in a row and I think it makes for a great summer session beer. What I liked the most about this beer was how nicely the hops and lemon like flavors and aromas worked with this beer, it was a nice change of pace from the normal Cream Ales. What I like the least about this beer was nothing, there's not a single thing about this beer that I disliked or would change, it's just great the way it is. I would for sure buy this beer again and I think this one earned a spot in my beer fridge for the summer. I would recommend this beer to just about anyone. All in all I was a little impressed with this beer, I always thought a Cream Ale could work well with a little hops and I'm glad that Blackrocks felt the same, this beer really sets itself apart from the other Cream Ales. So far this is my favorite beer from Blackrocks and I think it is officially my favorite Cream Ale, if I want to go traditional I will still grab a Genny Cream or a Boddintons, but I can see myself reaching for this one often. Great job guys, I'm a little impressed so far, keep up the good work.
05-10-2014 03:47:29 | More by StoutHunter
3.78/5 rDev +1.3%
12 ounce can into pint glass, no canning date. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden straw color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, bread, cracker, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of citrus hop and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, bread, cracker, light honey, and floral earthiness. Slight earthy floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, bread, cracker, light honey, and floral earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance and robustness of citrus hops and pale malt flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, moderately crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good cream ale. Good balance and robustness of citrus hop and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
04-25-2014 04:24:48 | More by superspak
Grand Rabbits from Blackrocks Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.