Beer Review: Rhode Runner – Black Isle Brewery

Not three days into my challenge of posting everyday in October and I almost fail! Well not to be bested by my inability to commit, I’m posting a rather late review of one of the many Black Isle Brewery beers I bought while up in Scotland. The cleverly named ‘Rhode Runner’ is, of course, a New England Pale Ale and comes in at 5.3% ABV. It is made with Vermont yeast and, as with all Black Isle beers, is completely organic too.

Visually, the beer pours a slightly hazy yellow-gold colour. The nose is quite fragrant with aromas of peach, papaya and general tropical fruits. The main body of the beer is very soft and, with almost no bitterness, allows it to be very drinkable. The core flavour is classic mango but with little hints of orange zest as well. There is also a lovely creamy element to the beer that elevates, and enhances, the already soft body.

A quick note on the can art: I am a sucker for a simple pattern. It’s clean but catches the eye and the colours work very well together.

I’ve drank quite a few Black Isle brewery beers, and they have yet to disappoint. Particularly in the specials department. It is light and easy drinking while still being incredibly juicy, fruity and packed with flavour. On the side of the can it says that they aimed for ‘soft mouthfeel/zero bitterness’ and I’d say they are pretty dead on. Most definitely a beer you can sink in the sun without too much trouble!

Score: 8/10

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Additional Information:

  • Hops: Not Available
  • Malt: Not Available
  • IBU: Not Available
  • ABV: 5.3%
  • Gluten Free: No
  • Vegan: Yes!

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