Red Rocker | The Cromarty Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
The Cromarty Brewing Company
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by mick303 on 05-19-2013

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by Godfather50:
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4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Cask, Arisaig Hotel. An interesting hop aroma centering after a few minutes as geranium. This beer has a delightfully balanced bitter sweetness. Toffee coloured, dark but clear it lends notes of orange marmalade spreadonlightly toasted rye bread. The smooth mouthfeel is perfect for a pint that is neither heavy nor light,head retention is perfect and I would say yet another winner from Cromarty. Well done.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of EmperorBevis
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned
Pours a rusty red body with decent enough tan head
Big red lace aroma
That comes across in the flavour
Nice body

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Photo of educorgan
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of Schmoog
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml brown bottle purchased from Camperdown Cellars on Parramatta Road in Sydney.

Pours a pleasant reddish amber colour, with an initially firm head of pale beige that survives as a filmy top with some bubbly edging. Some streaky thin lace. Looks decent enough.

Mmm. Nose is wonderfully good. Big bright, crisp hop fragrance underlined by a slight spicy rye note amidst a solid malt basis. Plenty of citrus, some vegetative overtones, herbs like basil, and a hint of pepper. It's very fragrant and fresh, and extremely tasty. I approve.

Taste is also good. Clean but solid malt basis with the rye used well: it gives a crisp, lighter and slightly vibrant tone to the heart of the beer. Atop this comes the clean, bright hop character. Some citrus, lemon ice-cream, slight sherbet and herbal tones, with a pleasing linger from the darker malt on the back. It rounds it out nicely.

Feel is also good. Solid enough for its relatively low ABV, but providing all the basis it needs while enhancing drinkability.

And drinkable it is. This is very clean and bright, while maintaining stacks of flavour. I'm really quite impressed that this beer manages to create such a strong and complex blend of hops and malt only weighing in at 5% ABV. It's exceedingly drinkable for what it is: I will certainly be checking out more beers from Cromarty.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to friend Sid for bringing this back from his Scotland trip. 500ml bottle poured into dogfish head pint glass.
A: pours a medium reddish brown body, +1 finger white foam head, spotty lacing
S: roasted malt, caramel, sweet citrus, orange, apricot, fresh bread
M: medium body with semi dry finish
T: roasted malt, earthy hops, biscuit, piney, hop bitterness, rye sharpness, balanced brew.
O: cool brew, not overpowering and easy drinking

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Photo of Honeybourne
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of flyingpig
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pint on-tap at Derygate brewery, Glasgow (£4.50):
Good stuff again from Cromarty & much improved on their Happy Chappy that I had last from them. Hoppy (although the nose could have used more) with nice citrus & pine flavours balanced well against the caramel and biscuit malt sweetness that gave the beer a similar flavour to that of an American pale ale in places. Very nice stuff & one I'm likely to try again.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of louislouis91
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kirk
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of soulgrowl
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brick red, on the cusp of brown. There's a respectable sandy beige head at first, but it doesn't last long – though it does leave nice lacing. Smells quite nice, with that great marmalade-on-toast aroma you get from citric hops and well-roasted malts. Really nice resinous flavor, balanced but decidedly hoppy, with a nice bittersweet finish. There's a richness to it as well, something nutty and very slightly sherry-like, giving the impression of a stronger beer but without any booziness. Damn tasty – as a Scottish version of an American style, it's up there with the best of them.

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Photo of mick303
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very dark brown colour, with great lacing and retention of creamy tan head. Smell has notes of musty farm and barn, roasty malt with a very firm hop presence. Taste has a very nice rye and sourbread character, firm maltiness, works very well with the nice hop presence, subtle citrus and earthiness, smooth finish with a lingering hop bitterness. Tasty, well-balanced, very enjoyable beer along the rye-ipa style. Very good.

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Red Rocker from The Cromarty Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 13 ratings