RADICAL ROAD

BREWER: Stewart Brewing, Midlothian

STYLE: Pale Ale

ABV: 6.4%

VESSEL: 330ml bottle

TWITTER: @StewartBrewing

INSTAGRAM: stewartbrewing

 

JYMI SAY’S…

Quite how you combine Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch and end up with an open chested hop popping pagan pigeon as the focal point of your packaging is beyond me. But we are where we are.

I also have to bring up the brave use of the word Radical in the name. Pretty sure the last time MOBJymi used that word I was chatting to a girl in a bowling alley in the early nineties dressed as a Ninja Turtle…. but we are where we are.

Have to say I was pushed for time a little when testing this Triple Hopped Pale. So when I turned the bottle and was told I was going to be having a Grapefruit – Marmalade – Pine – Bitter/Sweet experience I was pretty chuffed. From the description at least, this beer had a chance of being a goodun’.

Pressure was on to deliver Stewart Brewing, as a bad brew reviewed in a hurry is not going to work out too well.

Tell you what, we are darn professional over here at Muse on Booze.

Well, this is a very pleasant brew. There is an initial hit of orange and pine that is pretty intense but this Pale then softens and allows the drinker a bit of room to absorb that hit. This is then followed by a pretty intense (almost too intense actually) grapefruit finish which hangs around a long time I have to say. It’s a good beer this, there are elements I’m not too sure on and the over grapefruit and strength of this pale means not too many would be had before moving on but as said… ‘tis a good beer.

Anyway, I’m off…

# Can you tell me how to get, how to get to…. West 63rd St and Broadway? #

Jymi’s Rating: 70%

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

Radical Road is a strange creature on first meeting. It takes a some time to get used to, a little like a cousin that you haven’t seen in many a year and since you last saw them they have changed beyond recognition. You see, Stewart Brewing have produced a beer that looks like an amber ale, but is so strong in its bitter grapefruit nose. In fact, the nose is so strong you can almost taste the beer through the smell.
Unsurprisingly, Radical Road does taste like it smells. The grapefruit comes through in waves and pulls on the taste buds at the back of your tongue. I have to say, I really like it. There is an incredibly dry feeling once finished and as soon as I have finished one sip, I find myself going back for more.
Strangely, it leaves you both thirst quenched as well as thirsty. RR is a well brewed and well balanced beer. The team at Stewart Brewing haven’t compromised with their delivery of bitter grapefruit. I am really pleased that they haven’t.
While Radical Road may take some time to get used to, especially on first meeting, it is an acquaintance well worth meeting. If it were a long lost cousin, time has served it well and its unusual appearance is supported by an uncompromising personality, which steals the show without being overbearing.
Radical Road quietly goes about its business and does a very good job of doing so.

Sammy’s Rating: 80%

 

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 75% 

 

MOB review next weekend: COLONSAY IPA by THE COLONSAY BREWERY

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