Magic Rock has been my craft unicorn. 5th day

Magic Rock – Grapefruit High Wire & Salty Kiss

Magic Rock has been my craft unicorn.

There are no other beers I have coveted more than Magic Rock’s. I was drawn to their carnival-cum-circus-like beer illustrations and standing within the beer community including the esteem in which their Human and Un-Human Cannonball IPAs were held.

The Magic Rock logo
The Magic Rock logo

Founded in Huddersfield in 2011, Magic Rock made a great first impression, being named ‘2nd best new brewery in the world 2012′ on the independent ratings site Rate Beer. They appeared to focus on keg and cask beers to begin with and sadly our paths never crossed.

Until now.

Colourful carnival-cum-circus-like illustrations adorn the Magic Rock cans
Colourful carnival-cum-circus-like illustrations adorn the Magic Rock cans

The good news is that Magic Rock now sells three of their beers in beautifully illustrated cans to the thirsty masses. To celebrate the festive season I have chosen the Salty Kiss and High Wire Grapefruit whose resplendent pink and yellow and orange cans respectively are equally at home on the dinner table as they are a decoration on a Christmas Tree. I also bought Cannonball, but that went a long time ago!

Salty Kiss

Style: (Gooseberry) Gose

ABV: 4.1%

Size: 355ml (Can)

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Salty kiss pours light, almost fruit juice-like
Salty kiss pours light, almost fruit juice-like

A Gose. Never heard of it, right? Me neither. First brewed in early 2013, Salty Kiss is traditional German beer style, albeit relatively unknown. It was brewed in collaboration with Danish brewer Anders Kissmeyer. As the name suggests, Salty Kiss is brewed with the additional of gooseberries to add tartness, as well as Sea Buckthorn and Rosehips for an added Danish element with the intention of adding subtle flavor and fragrance. And this is a unique flavour – sour, tangy and fruity.

Sea buckthorn, a unique ingredient, shown here in the wild (sort of..)
Sea buckthorn, a unique ingredient, shown here in the wild (sort of..)

High Wire Grapefruit

Style: (Grapefruit) Pale Ale

ABV: 5.5%

Size: 355ml (Can)

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Grapefruit High Wire is, as the name suggests, a grapefruit explosion
Grapefruit High Wire is, as the name suggests, a grapefruit explosion

High Wire Grapefruit is based on Magic Rock’s High Wire, a hop forward West coast pale ale, with the additional of Grapefruit. The Grapefruit flavor in beers can be a by-product of Amarillo and Cascade hops, so adding actual Grapefruit is really calling for more zing and this doesn’t disappoint in the zing department. It is a grapefruit explosion!

Based on this rendezvous I am hopefully Magic Rock and I will see a lot more of each other in 2016.

Useful Links and Resources

www.ratebeer.com

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gose

http://www.magicrockbrewing.com/blog/salty-kiss-gooseberry-gose/

Author: Michael Lally

London-based Australian blogger, podcaster and wannabe photographer. Looking to tell great stories about the world of craft beer and the have conversations with the people behind the craft beer scene in the UK.

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