Magic Rock ‘Highwire Grapefruit’ pale ale


imageAll we take from this brew is that it’s a grapefruit pale ale.

Poured into a shaker glass we see a hazy golden with faint orange with a small 10 mm off white head that fades quickly leaving just a rim of lacing around the glass. Low to moderate carbonation seen here. Aroma out of the can is unbelievably strong grapefruit. Never smelt such a strong aroma before out of a beer. Is this the fruit or chemical? We also get candied sweet malts, toffee, and marmalade jam. Divine! First sip shows up all that jammy sweetness combined with a softer candied sugar and prominent grapefruit bitterness that’s not overpowering on the palate. Body is moderate here and almost chewy. It reminds us a lot of Ballast Point’s Grapefruit Sculpin but not as refined or heavy. We note the Alc vol here of 5.5% and it packs a small punch this drop. We see lots of patchy lacing down the glass. Half way through and the dominant grapefruit flavour remains interwoven with caramelised sweet malts, marmalade, and some pine. So good for a pale ale. We would have assumed this was an IPA! Top marks for the grapefruit aroma and the jammy sweetness of the body. This is a fine drop. We would love to do a taste off with the Grapefruit Sculpin. Impressive.