Rule of Thirds by Siren, Magic Rock & Beavertown

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Beer Name: Rule of Thirds

Brewer: Collaboration between Siren, Magic Rock and Beavertown

Date Sampled: 20th September 2016

ABV: 6.4%

Serving Type: Can

Location Sampled: Home

"Omne trium perfectum." The Latin idea that, particularly in writing, things that come in three are funnier, more satisfying, or more effective than other numbers of things.

But it's not just the world of prose that can appreciate the effectiveness of a trio; Bacon, lettuce and tomato; The Bee Gees; The Three Amigos. Triumphant trifectas trumpet their way through history and the modern world.

But what about beers? Collaborations between two breweries are nothing new, but when done well, are capable of producing drinks of wonder. The annual Rainbow Project, now in it's fourth year, creates a huge amount of buzz with it's innovative pairings and showcases what can be created when breweries with different backgrounds work together.

Rule of Thirds is the first three way beer collaboration that I've tasted (is it the first ever? I have no idea) and is a partnership between three of the UK's hottest breweries. Siren, Magic Rock and Beavertown are all breweries that are doing a lot of things right and have played a massive role in the evolution of the UK craft beer scene. So when it was announced that they were working together to create something new the it generated a lot of interest.

Siren, Magic Rock and Beavertown all have flagship IPA's (Soundwave, Cannonball and Gamma Ray respectively) that stand alone as great examples of UK brewing and it's these that are thrust together in Rule of Thirds.

I think they've done a reasonable job with the branding, with the front split evenly to showcase the usual style of all three breweries. However, with the distinctive font used in the labelling, you'd be forgiven for thinking that this was simply a Magic Rock beer.

The pour is a hazy amber and produces an attractive crisp-white frothy head, although this doesn't hang around long.

It has the sort of hoppy floral nose that you'd expect from a high quality IPA but there's also a lovely tropical fruit aroma tickling your nostrils, with hints of grapefruit and banana gently nudging your senses.

The grapefruit stays as you take your first zesty sip, although this soon develops into something far more bitter and traditional in flavour. Despite that bitterness, it is pretty easy drinking and I was actually a little surprised when I clocked that it was 6.4% ABV.

I'd heard mixed reviews about Rule of Thirds but approached this with an open mind and I'm glad I did. They've done a great job blending three very distinctive IPA's and, whilst what is left is far from revolutionary, I think to produce a finished product as well balanced as this is impressive work.

This beer is much more than a clever marketing ploy, it's a great example of what can be done when three top breweries work together and the end result is a very nice IPA.

Maybe three is the magic number.

1 comment:

  1. Love the images, especially those shot on the mirror. Plus your opening was perf! 👌🏻


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