Fort Smith
Rooster's Brewing Company Ltd.

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American IPA
Ranked #4,104
Ranked #26,766
3.83 | pDev: 8.09%
Rooster's Brewing Company Ltd.
England, United Kingdom
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Notes: Named after the town in which Rooster Cogburn lived, Fort Smith is a big and bold India Pale Ale, brewed using Citra and Chinook hops from the USA to create tropical and passion fruit aromas and a lasting, bitter finish.
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Reviews by sephyrott:
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3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of wl0307
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Coming in a 500ml slim brown bottle, not bottle-conditioned; BB 26/12/2013, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass. Notes: This beer is, according to the back label, “Named after the town in which Rooster Cogburn lived”; it is “A big and bold India Pale Ale, brewed using Citra and Chinook hops from the USA to create tropical and passion fruit aromas and a lasting, bitter finish”.

A: pours a deep golden colour with a very thin layer of off-white head, coming with faint carbonation.
S: the hoppy nose is intensely acidic-sweet citric and salty pear-ish estery, against a rather moderate backbone of pale malts; a swirl would bring out an acute edge of mineral-ish, exotic aroma, full of elderflowery, grapefruity, pineapple-ish as well as passion-fruity aroma, while malts still stay as pretty much on the secondary line.
T: pleasantly effervescent, dry on the foretaste, clean palate, mineral-ish and increasingly bitter, underlined by surprisingly mild mixture of exotic fruity hoppiness. The palate stays clean, while the tangy, almost citrus-peel-ish, bitterness enhances over time towards a long, nicely chewy and tannic finish. Throughout the drink, just like on the nose, malts play an absolutely secondary role, making this ale far more like one’s modern Golden Ale than an IPA this beer purports to be.
M&D: marvellously clean and softly fizzy on the palate, this medium-bodied, wonderfully bitter ale is interestingly restrained in terms of hop flavour esp. on the palate. All in all, a very successful Golden Ale which I would choose as a session beer, just like many other Rooster’s products. Well done!

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Photo of mdagnew
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast

Poured a nice deep golden yellow colour. Slightly off white head poured big thick and foamy with a whipped meringue like topping. Sparse carbonation drifts slowly to the surface... lots of sticky lacing...

Aroma - Spicy and slightly tropical fruits (grapefruits, ripe mangoes, kiwi fruit, pear), quite rubbery, some vegetal traces, pine, sea salt, some soapiness, grassy hops, light herbal notes, white pepper...

Taste - Spicy, citrus and grassy hop bitterness, light biscuit malts, light floral notes, good fruitiness (gooseberries, grapefruit, light pineapple,), light honey sweetness, herbal notes, quite perfumed, faint soapy hints...

M&D - Pretty sharp and dry... Light / medium bodied... supremely quaffable..

Overall - An excellent and very sessionable brew... definitely recommended..

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of StJamesGate
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark gold with a finger of steady snowy foam.
Mouth-watering nose of spicy golden sultana chutney.
Crusty baguette then grapefruit, dried pineapple, lime zest, carambola and cedar.
Sandalwood finish and salty lean linger.
Lt-med, slight chew, oily.

Boom! Incredibly bright, almost tropical flavors wrung out from Citra - which can be straight grapefruit - plus a bunch of Chinook wood spice. Packs in the flavor at 5%. Aroma-heavy, lots of oil, could nearly be NZ hops; this one surprises and delights in all sorts of ways.

Top Brit NewWorld IPA. Roosters are one to watch.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A 500ml bottle with a BB of April 2015, so it's just out of date. Picked up a while back from Trembling Madness in York. The label mentions that it is hopped with Citra and Chinook.

A: Poured into a tulip pint glass. Bottle conditioned. A rich golden-amber hue with plentiful fine sediment and intense carbonation. Produces a huge head of creamy white foam with a meringe-like consistency; this slowly reduces to a thick surface layer. Nice lacing.

S: Aroma of subtle fruity hops with hints of white grape, mild clementine, citrus, grass/hay, grainy malt, earthy yeast and faint stewed hops. Pleasant but underwhelming.

T: Tastes of lightly fruity hops with a dry, bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, peel, citrus, mild white grape, grass/hay, earthy yeast, grainy malt and stewed hops. Well-attenuated, followed by a lingering hoppy bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with lively carbonation and decent body. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops, earthy yeast, mild malt and a hint of cardboard.

O: Not too shabby, but probably past it's best. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour are quite subdued. Subtle fruity hop notes blend with yeast and malt, finishing with a dry bitterness. Body is OK. Goes down alright, but I should probably re-review a fresher example at some point. Worth sampling if you come across it.

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Photo of windypete
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spike
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

330ml can. Unfortunately, 8mths past bbd.
L: Pale gold with a few streams of bubbles and one finger of white, long-lasting head.
S: Light, faintly citrus nose.
T&F: Light, flowery, moderate bitterness, very little carbonation.
O: Straight-forward, pleasant APA. Citrus and tropical flavours were missing but the resinous, bitter finish was light & refreshing.

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Photo of steverx8
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of MikeKSmith
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VitorDamasceno
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bpayne88
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DJ-Hophead
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Keg - The Beer Emporium, Bristol. Clear golden pour, medium carbonation, low lacing. Medium fruity hoppy smell. Strong bitter finish. Very refreshing on a summers evening.

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Photo of Martine
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear pale gold into a glass from a can. Offwhite head is three fingers of sparse foam, moderate retention, large sudsy bubbles.

Aroma is mild sweet floral grain with a little tropical fruit. Flavour is quite sweet and soapy from the get-go. Very grassy, nectary almost, and crisp with those bright fruits like gooseberry and pear coming through along with the citrus. On the backend things go a little unripe and bitter, with the hops coming through.

Feel is a bit carbonated, light bodied and a tad oily.

Overall this is alright, quite different from a usual IPA; floral and bright.

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Fort Smith from Rooster's Brewing Company Ltd.
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