Day three of my ‘Beer Hawk’ advent calendar and a brew from Magic Rock brewing in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. I suspect that this is actually the first Magic Rock brew I’ve reviewed for The Brewclub. It’s not the first I’ve enjoyed, though, one of my local bars in Manchester regularly stocked their beers and I usually gave them a try and, I think, always enjoyed them.
Nor is this my first ‘grapefruit’ beer, I reviewed Brewdog’s ‘Elvis Juice’ here back in May giving it four Brewclub stars.
For information, Magic Rock Brewing Co. was founded in 2011 by brothers Richard and Jonny Burhouse, along with head brewer Stuart Ross, Jonny sold the majority of his shareholding to Richard in late 2011.
Brewing started in 2011 and within six months Magic Rock was named ’2nd best new brewery in the world 2012’ on the Rate Beer website.
The brewery grew through 2012 and, in 2015, moved to a new site in 2015 and they now have brewing capacity of 70 hectolitres – that’s nearly 15 thousand US pints.
High Wire Grapefruit is a fruit-infused incarnation of Magic Rock’s ‘High Wire’ West Coast pale ale.
It’s brewed with Acidulated (nor me – apparently it contains 1-2% lactic acid), Golden Promise, Munich and Vienna malts and is hopped with Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Citra, Columbus and Magnum hops. Magic Rock then added “100% natural pink grapefruit flavour” to produce a brew that they describe as “juicy, tart and deliciously refreshing.”
It pours a pale, slightly hazy apricot colour with a fulsome, loose, white head that fades rapidly.
The nose is unmistakably grapefruit, it hits your nose as soon as you open the can – whoosh! A full on grapefruit hit, no room in the nose for anything else.
And the flavour is much the same, it’s grapefruit, grapefruit, grapefruit… it’s crisp and bright, and would be really refreshing at a summer barbecue.
But, and it’s a big but, the grapefruit drowns all those exotic malts and hops, they’ve been sacrificed in vein. Sad.
As far as grapefruit beers go, I’m afraid the Brewdog Elvis Juice tips it.
I’m going to give this three Brewclub stars, just. It’s good, but just not great.