BREWER: Jaw Brew, Lanarkshire
VESSEL: 500ml bottle
Type ‘Surf’ into the Cambridge Dictionary online and the first definition (ironically) is about visiting different websites on the internet. The second definition, unsurprisingly, relates to the sport of surfing. The third definition, and the one I was looking for, states that surf is “the tops of waves on the sea when they are near the coast or hit against rocks”. I can only assume that the team at Jaw Brew was thinking of the third definition when naming their beer Surf. Surf, in this sense, conjures up hard hitting images, rather than soft rolling tones…
However, it’s not the impression that you first get when opening up this brew. Although there are notes and hints of the exotic that one might expect on a sun drenched beach, they’re not big hitting like you want from your surf. Delve deeper and take your first sip, and the same theme continues. There are subtle pineapple and bitter-sweet flavours supported by a slight sour aftertaste. And the aftertaste is short lived, leaving a dry sensation in the mouth, that is a little underwhelming.
Sometimes subtlety is good. Sometimes it’s what you look for in a beer. But on this occasion it’s not quite where you might want to be. Jaw Brew state that this is a ‘snappy and stimulating brew’…which is ‘tantalisingly tangy’ and the reality is that Surf just isn’t that. It’s way too short in flavour to live up to this.
It may be Surf in name, but it’s not surf in nature.
Sammy’s Rating: 60%
IF YOU HAVE NEVER WATCHED THE FILM POINT BREAK THEN THE FIRST TWO PARAGRAPHS OF THIS BLURB WILL NOT MAKE SENSE. HOWEVER IF YOU DON’T READ THEM THE REMAINING PARAGRAPHS WON’T MAKE SENSE EITHER, SO…. I’LL LEAVE IT WITH YOU.
As Johnny Utah strolled down to meet the ocean for the very first time everyone just knew he was a first timer, and booooy did he prove it both in detective and surfing skills. Old man, but certainly not past it Angelo looked like he had to swoop in to save the day, as well as keep him cool. Legend.
But Johnny’s perseverance with the surf (which unfortunately, though not totally linked to the ocean resulted in the passing of Angelo) eventually paid off. It was still pretty flippin’ obvious he was a police officer from the start, but somehow, somehow he infiltrated the EX PRESIDENTS!!
Now, where am going with this…
Externally, Surf the beer looks cool, but in a way that is trying to look cool, which sticks out like a sore Utah thumb.
If it’s trying to be surfer dude I think it’s failed… if it’s not then I have no idea.
HOWEVER, the name and addition of the word exotic to the ol’ PALE ALE in the description has to intrigue a dude or dudette so let us see what this kid has got… coz for me it looks like a pretender! And that would be a waste of time.
So what ya bringing us then Jaw Brew??
Well, it’s pretty good you know, not take down a major crime organisation good, just pretty good. My hand written notes included the ever informative words of good solid brew. But I cannot argue with those notes, mainly because I wrote them.
But it is, it’s a solid brew. There is nothing cleaver of fancy going on, it just goes about its business not trying to be something it’s not. Like a hardcore surfer dude I suppose (not Johnny Utah).
Surf Pale Ale starts off lovely and soft and builds to a good dry pine and apple finish as the bottle told us it should and Jaw Brew delivered.
It’s by no means a 100 year storm this brew but it would be welcome enough around my table anytime…. Unlike Johnny Utah.
Jymi’s Rating: 68%
MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 64%
MOB review next weekend: GO TO IPA by STONE BREWING
THE CURRENT RAIN IN BRITAIN WILL NOT STOP THIS SUMMER OF GIN!! IT WILL NOT!!
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