Sunday, October 4, 2015

Bahamian High Rock Lager

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chad9976 (1468) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2015
No matter where you go in the world, it seems like there’s a brewery churning out some golden suds in the vicinity. If you ever travel to the Bahamas, you’ll likely see beers from the Bahamian Brewery; High Rock Lager is their “premium” golden lager. It’s supposedly all-malt and it has a fairly sweet, clean taste and finish. It’s honestly not bad, but it’s not really good either.

I poured an 11.2oz bottle into a shaker glass. It was bottled on 8/19/15 and was given to me by my parents when they went there on a cruise (thanks, mom & dad!).

Appearance: Pure golden hue (not yellow); crystal clear with little carbonation visible. Pours to a small, white, foamy head which actually manages to leave a bit of lacing.

Smell: Strong skunky scent likely due to the green bottle; though use of Noble hops may account for that as well. A touch of green apple, but that’s acceptable. No malt distinctiveness, though.

Taste: I’ve drank enough so-called “premium” green bottle lagers to discern between good and bad examples of the style. I’d probably consider this beer as being on the “good” team (albeit just barely). This is because there’s a noticeable sweet honey-like flavor to the palette. It’s a bit like cereal, though it’s definitely not corn flakes (this beer contains no adjuncts, if the branding is to be believed). I detect faint notes of green apple tartness, which is fairly normal for these types of brews. It’s not nearly as bad as certain American versions of the style. A bit of a spicy hop sensation at the apex with a clean sensation on the finish. I think this beer could be made to be genuinely flavorful with a few tweaks, but as it stands it’s unremarkable.

Drinkability: Considering the location of the brewery and their target demographic, it comes as no surprise that Bahamian High Rock Lager is probably intended for easy drinking and in that aspect it succeeds. The mouthfeel is light, but not paper thin. In fact, it actually seems to have a creaminess to the texture. It is refreshing while in the mouth and a virtually clean aftertaste is nice. At 5.6% ABV it’s rather big for a beach beer and much too heavy to session. Put this in cans and give it some real flavor and it’d be a winner.

RATING: 5/10

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