High Wire | Magic Rock Brewing

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High WireHigh Wire

Brewed by:
Magic Rock Brewing
England, United Kingdom

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by soulgrowl on 10-29-2011

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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by soulgrowl:
Photo of soulgrowl
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Keg, The Small Bar, Bristol - Pours cloudy amber with a medium white foamy head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Smell - Pine notes, tropical fruit undertones. Taste - crisp and clean, citrus fruits, Nice medium bitter finish. Great example of an APA.

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Photo of innominat
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NilocRellim
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Updated may 1st 2016:
Had this one again from a can. Colour is still the same as before, but the nose is balanced more between citrusy hops and sweet malts. Crisper but mellow, sweet malt and lightly hopped, clean finish.

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Photo of stephenlee
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden color with white head. Aroma has lots of tropical, fruity hops and a bit of sweetness on top. Taste follows with intense hops, bright and floral with citrus fruits and also a hint of melon. Medium body and carbonation, smooth and easy to drink. Another really good beer from Magic Rock, tasty and really easy to drink.

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Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a becher pint glass.
The appearance was a murky pale orange to amber color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off pretty quick. Sliding lace.
The aroma had some grapefruit sweetness, somewhat pulpy and then some sugars, and dosed lightly with a little bit of citrus.
The flavor was sweet all of the way through pulling in some grains to meld with the grapefruit and sugars. Aftertaste was extremely sweet.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a decent sessionability about it depending upon how one feels their way around the sugary sweetness of this beer. Carbonation did feel fine with this. ABV also felt appropriate.
Overall, well, if you like sweet APA's, sure go for this one. Odd, given where I live, I keep thinking this seems like something Magic Hat would do. But the bottle does say Magic Rock, interesting, well, go figure.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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 VictoriaTyagunova
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dreyski
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MarkJBurch
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mtbdonn
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Arborescence
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Foley67
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Matthewelstone
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LooseMoose1978
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy golden body with huge foaming thick white head that stays
Big grapefruit citrus citra aroma
Real thirst quenching citrus flavour just needs more malt back up

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Photo of safaricook
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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High Wire from Magic Rock Brewing
Beer rating: 75% out of 100 with 64 ratings
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