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High Wire - Magic Rock Brewing

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Reviews: 8
Hads: 36
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 15.05%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Rock Brewing
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) | 5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: soulgrowl on 10-29-2011

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Reviews: 8 | Hads: 36
Reviews by soulgrowl:
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4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fort Knox golden with a frail, smooth white head. Huge, sweet and fruity aroma with loads of ripe mango, pear, lychee, lime... and that's about it. It smells great, but it is pretty much pure hops. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Devilishly creamy and drinkable in spite of its palate-crushing hoppiness, a flavor of peach, mango, lychee, grapefruit, and golden raisins with a chalky mineral undertone, making this kinda reminiscent of a saltydog. Not bad at all! It does give the Americans a run for our money.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of NilocRellim
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a cask and was hazy amber in colour.

Smelled more of a sweet malts, rather than hops.

Tasted malty with a faint, yet balanced hops flavour. Balanced and smooth. Slight/faint butterscotch taste.

Would I buy it again? Maybe.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2012. Picked up a little while back from Trembling Madness in York. Described on the label as a West Coast-style pale ale with tons of hops. Delicious!

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear golden hue with good carbonation. Yields a large head of white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a surface layer. Aroma of sweet, intensely fruity hops, with notes of mango, melon, white grapes, grapefruit and citrus. Mild caramel malt underneath, but the hops dominate completely.

Tastes of intense aromatic hops with a dry, bitter finish. Notes of mango, melon, white grape, citrus, faint malt and stewed hops. Possesses a dry, spicy quality. A strident bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, spicy and tingly, with good body for the style. Rather astringent - dries the palate. Aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops.

Mmmmm - hops! In a way, this beer is a bit of a one-trick pony - hops and little else. The malt is thoroughly overwhelmed, and there isn't really any yeast either. But if you love hops in all their myriad fruity flavours, then this is the brew for you. Lots of fruity notes and plenty of depth to the aroma and bitterness. Very nice and very drinkable - I've had this on cask as well and it was superb. Well worth sampling if you have the chance.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber with a large head.
Nose shows floral hops, spicy notes and light clean malt.
Similar flavours; spicy, herbal and floral hops with a faint clean malt presence underneath. An assertive bitterness in the finish.
Carbonation is moderately high, nice.

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Photo of MarkJBurch
4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Arborescence
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of LooseMoose1978
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of mdagnew
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of epyon396
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Snorelax
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Tone
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark amber color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of citrus hops, sweet malt, slight dry hop, and a hint of citrus. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, sweet malt, slight pale malt, slight citrus hops, and a hint of dry hops. Overall, good appearance, feel, blend, and body. A more subtle APA, but that's to be expected from the English.

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Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of windypete
4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Sam-VW
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StJamesGate
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Honey blonde with a ribbon of white froth and the odd trailers.
Sparklingly fresh lemon zest, resin, pineapple and pine forest on the nose, with just a touch of toffee.
Some caramel biscuit and a bit of mango is quickly overwhelmed by grapefruit, lychee, and a bit of sticky passionfruit hops.
Orange slushee finish and long but mild bitter linger.
Light to medium, some chew, flinty.

Knockout nose not quite lived up to by the hops, but then this isn't an IPA. West Coast PA ain't
no lie - plenty of C hops up in here - but there's a catty edge that makes me guess Simcoe.

I wanted to love this until I remembered APAs from Tuatara and Odell and The Kernel. Rumours had it that this was a Punk IPA clone, but this lines up better against Dead Pony club. A bit watery, which only aids drinkability but maybe a bit too much so.

Tropical fruit salad just lacking a bit of sandpaper. Reliable when it could be memorable.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of jondavidsson
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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High Wire from Magic Rock Brewing
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