Rapture | Magic Rock Brewing

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Magic Rock Brewing
England, United Kingdom

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BlackHaddock on 11-04-2011

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by jazzyjeff13:
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4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2012. Acquired from my local beer specialist. The label features some cool, circus-themed art and mentions that 5 malt and 6 hop varieties went into this ale.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A dark, coppery-red colour with good carbonation and fine sediment. Produces a massive head of frothy, off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a surface layer. The aroma packs a punch; a huge hit of citrus with notes of grapefruit, oranges and an underlying hint of pine. Faint yeast in the background.

Tastes of aromatic hops underpinned by a subtle malt character and a fruity, bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, pine, caramel malt and earthy yeast. Considerable bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is prickly, spicy and astringent - perhaps a tad thin. Aftertaste of fruity aromatic hops.

Very nice - great if you like your hops. Tons of citrus aroma and flavour. The malt doesn't quite stand up to the hops, and the body was slightly thin, so it comes across as somewhat unbalanced. However, it still tastes fantastic - well worth your time and money.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of virinow
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy dark amber color with beige head. Aroma is really hoppy and dank with a hint of dark fruits and caramel. Taste starts with dank/herbal hops, continues with spicy malts, makes me think of rye. Finish is hoppy with a nice, mellow bitterness. Medium, smooth feeling body with good carbonation. It packs a lot of taste for the low ABV. Really good amber ale, one of the best I had so far. Really hoppy and dank but you also get the spicy malts, making it different to a regular IPA and not just by the color.

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Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of zacroyce
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hopbomber
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of Pelicanrocks
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of georgeanthorpe
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mtbdonn
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The second real ale at the beginning of a session in the Cask Pub and Kitchen, London: could I find any evidence of those 6 different hops and 5 types of malts used in this brew?

The hand pulled pint looked good: more brown than red or amber in colour, the off-white head, deep and full. Healthy looking beer, the head leaving some heavy lacing as the beer level sank (in half inch increments).

Those hops gave off a grapefruit, citrusy smell, some pine as well, the malts not really getting a look in on the aroma front.

The taste was a better blend of flavours, the malts asserted themselves more in the mouth than in the nose. Still plenty of hop bitterness about, initially and at the end, with the malts taking centre stage during the whole drink. Overall it seemed an easy drinking beer which was well balanced and uncomplicated, even if it had a multitude of different ingredients.

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Photo of qrazvan
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cool designed can (not the bottle version), poring a cloudy amber colour with a nice head.
Smells like honey, cakes and floral scents - linden mainly, making for an extremely appealing scent.
The taste is very balanced, mixing a lot of great aromas in: the honey first (reminding me of Honey Dew - of course, much better), mango, grapes, mulberries, pistachio. I don't know what type of hops is in there (maybe mosaic), but it's a very good, balanced choice. The bitterness in not in any form overwhelming and it's more obvious on the last sip, where the sediments are present.
I could compare it with Crew Republic X5.1, which I liked a lot, although they have their own character.
Highly recommended!

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled and bottle conditioned
Uplifting aromas of grapefruit and pine, combine with a pithy orange and pronounced citrus flavour which is balanced against a deeply rich and malty body. A satisfyingly dry and crisp finish offers your taste buds redemption.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.62/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle bought online from MyBreweryTap.com

Poured a deep amber red colour. Creamy head poured small but quite thick then faded very quickly to light wispy covering with thicker edging... light carbonation... some light lines of lacing...

Aroma - Lots of piney, peppery and grassy hops up front mixed with toasted caramel malts... lightly roasted nuts, spicy dried fruits (raisins, figs), citrus peel, some rubbery traces, toasted malty loaf, blood oranges, light liquorice, some wet hay...

Taste - Good blast of grassy and spicy hop bitterness, piney resin traces, overripe fruits (bitter oranges, apples), also some dried fruits (prunes, dates), light alcohol, brown sugar, crystal malt, toffee, rubbery traces, soapy notes...

M&D - Fairly sharp and dry initially then smooths out... full bodied... extremely sessionable at only 4.6%

Overall - An exceptionally good amber Ale and one of my favourite UK beers at the minute...

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Photo of gutbucket2
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

330ml can, contains live yeast. Pours hazy red/brown. Taste/aroma: hedgerow fruit, plus a caramel or rye malt taste. A quality beer from Magic Rock.

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Photo of AlastairM
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of MatJones
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of leitmotif
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zimbo
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Immediate rip raw red nose in the bottle. Once poured the aroma becomes a bit dumb before the nose returns to its initial level of intensity. Thick dense smooth 1/2 inch very light magnolia head tops a distinctive dark hazy cloudy reddish brown colour which highlights many lights of orangy sparkle at the bottom of the glass.
In the mouth and on the the tongue there is some light smoke and some light pine, a firm dry earthiness but also a restrained citric quality. Lots of development over the course of each mouthful though there are the odd small pocket of emptiness on the way down.
Body ends with a nice lightly malty rounded smoothness.

More complex and compromising compared to BrewDog's 5 am Saint but a similar interpretation on the style nonetheless.

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Photo of mytu420
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mattias
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of steverx8
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StJamesGate
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Murky chestnut with lumpy beige cream. 3.75
Flowers, orange peel, toffee + a bit of chalk. 4
Caramel chew, then orange oil, light pine, tangerine juice and sap with a mildly tree bark linger. 4
Lt-med, salty, oily. 4

Magic Rock (allegedly) stole their whole thing from BrewDog, so I’m expecting 5 A.M. Saint with this one. And that’s what you get - only lesser in every way. Dimmer nose, lighter body, less aroma hops and none of that insane strawberry juiciness that comes from I don’t know where. Sessionable and not unpleasant, but can’t step to the original <5% amber. 3.75

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Photo of clarknova
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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