4.5% Kettle Sour
Round two of our Northern Powerhouse showcase showcases the epic talent of Magic Rock. Three berries; Raspberries, Blackberries and Blackcurrents combine with wheat, oats and cascade hops to form this sessionable number.
The pour on this one is stunning, the colour is insanely vibrant and opaque. The head dissipated quickly which is to be expected from a kettle sour.
The aroma on this one is a little different, there's a very jammy aroma from all of those berries, but there's an overwhelming smell of bakers yeast or generally of fermentation. It's not off putting, just a little different.
The flavour is light, and the sourness subtle. The fruits are dense and sweet, which is backed by an acidity resulting in a tart dessert style beer not too dissimilar to a berry tart. The oats and wheat contribute well to this, providing a biscuity malt base as well as a thick body.
6.0% Lemon Meringue Kettle Sour
The penultimate beer in our Omnipollo showcase and the only sour, this was another pickup from work along with the Rocky Road Imperial Stout that we'll be reviewing last.
The beer itself is heavy with sediment which I tired to get as much of as possible into the beer. It was so thick though most of it stayed welded to the bottom of the bottle so don't so what I did and give it a little shake up before you begin to pour.
The actual pour itself reveals quite a flat beer, minimal carbonation quickly rushing to the brim of the beer and almost immediately disappearing. The resulting beer looks like like still lemonade with a pale yellow haze.
The aroma however is quite hoppy, I was expecting a heavy lemon citrus hit but it 's overshadowed by hoppy citrus instead which is in no way undesirable. Lemon peel takes a backseat, along with the lactose sweetness.
Flavour is puckering sourness, various citrus peel, piney hops and lactose sweetness which I presume represents the meringue. I wouldn't refer to this one as a sour, as it's quite balanced.
As mentioned above, give your local BrewDog bar a shout to see if they have any of these left - otherwise at the time of writing Honestbrew.co.uk still have some in stock.