Here’s your cheat sheet for Rapture by Magic Rock. I was lucky enough to try this on tap not too long ago at a pub in Manchester. It was delicious.
Magic Rock, Rapture / Red Ale / 4.6% ABV / IBU not available
Featured in main subscriber box on 3 January 2019.
Serve this beer between 10°C and 13°C; stick it in the fridge for a bit less than an hour.
As ever, be wary of over-chilling your beer. More chill means less flavour. To learn more read my post on recommended serving temperatures.
Flavours to expect
The brewery description is so good I’m just going to give you that:
Rapture is our full-bodied, heavenly hoppy red beer. Five types of malt and six types of hops make for a truly elating experience. Uplifting aromas of grapefruit and pine combine with pithy orange and tropical citrus flavours, which are balanced against a deeply rich and malty body. A satisfyingly dry and crisp finish offers your taste buds redemption. Our red ale will take you to heaven and back.
The description mentions six hops but I could only find info on four:
- Amarillo: floral, citrus, orange
- Columbus: sherbet, black pepper, liquorice
- Magnum: resinous, herbal, pine
- Simcoe: pine, grapefruit, passionfruit
I wonder what the other two are…
Red ales like this are good with a wide range of food including spicy cuisine. A lightly tangy cheese, for example Port Salut, should work well. But the pairing I’m going to suggest for this one in particular is banana bread.