Roots. Rock. Reggae. by Roosters

Friday, 21 October 2016

Beer Name: Roots. Rock. Reggae

Brewer: Roosters Brewing Co., Yorkshire, UK

Date Sampled: 20th October 2016

ABV: 6.4%

Serving Type: Can

Location Sampled: Home

I know I've said it a few times but it really is a great time to be a beer drinker. There is so much choice on the market right now that depending on your mood, your budget or simply your own tastes, there's a brew out there for you.

I often find that my beer preference is dictated to by the weather or the seasons; it's no coincidence that as the nights begin to draw in and the days grow colder I've been drawn towards stouts and porters.

But as the fiery sphere of plasma maintains a resolute grip on the autumnal sky, there's no doubt that for the right beer, I can take my blinkers off. For example, my sub conscious would certainly consider Southsea Brewing's Heavy Artillery DIPA to be a summer drink, but that beer really would taste great any time of the year.

So when I went I started picking through my ever increasing collection yesterday afternoon, looking for my next review subject, my gaze fell upon the unmistakably summery looking can of Rooster Brewing Co's Roots. Rock. Reggae.

Rooster's are based in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, and are a company I'd not come across before starting this blogging journey. They started in 1993 and, from their own website, "Rooster’s Brewing Co. fast developed a reputation for brewing ground-breaking, hop-forward pale ales that showcase exciting new hops from the USA."

Their branding and labelling certainly has a transatlantic feel to them and I had wrongly assumed that they were an American brewery until getting hold of this can, another one that I had picked up from The Leopold Tavern.

So how is it? Pretty damn good actually!

Taken straight from the fridge it poured a lovely golden cloudy colour with a crisp white head. From appearance alone it resembled many of the American Double IPA's that are flooding instagram right now.

Roots. Rock. Reggae. is brewed with fresh pineapple and grapefruit and even the most blocked of noses cold have told you that from the smell alone. This beer's aroma is fruity to the extreme, with hints of fresh juicy mango present as well and the whole thing smells very natural.

The tasting is almost as good as the smell. It has a refreshing pithy tartness and the pineapple and grapefruit are both proudly in attendance. These then give way to a more traditional IPA flavour and a very satisfying bitterness.

Rooster's have played a blinder here; the addition of fresh and natural fruits to a very good IPA have produced a great tasting beer. The can suggests pairing this with Jerk Chicken; I can't disagree and in fact would expand upon that and say that this would be a great BBQ beer. But, with this being a limited edition, don't discount it simply on the basis of the time of the year or your menu plan. If you see it, snap it up and put a little Roots, Rock and Reggae in your life.

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