The name of this beer sounds like a party, one that promises to be one of those parties you don't come back from for days.
In reality though, like all parties, the hype didn't live up to the experience. I had a nice time and enjoyed myself, but it wasn't as enjoyable as I thought it was going to be.
Rooster's call this a pineapple and grapefruit IPA, which made me expect this to be a massive fruity hit of tropical flavour, but it's much more nuanced than that.
With a name this tropical, the expectations were bound to be high, but I think they're a victim of their own branding as a more subtle label would have probably made my expectations more realistic.
Roots. Rock. Reggae.: Taste Test
The aroma was chiefly hoppy, with a little fruity sweetness but it's not obviously grapefruit or pineapple. The pour is classic IPA with a crisp, white head; giving it a smooth texture with a little sharpness on the tongue from the carbonation.
The flavour is as subtle as the aroma as far as fruit is concerned, with a little citrus bitterness from the grapefruit and a touch of sweetness from the pineapple that helps bring a slight fruit flavour to the profile but it's nothing like the big juicy hit I was expecting.
The aftertaste is strangely the fruitiest part, with a slightly dry aftertaste of bittersweet grapefruit to ensure you need to take another sip to keep quenching that thirst.
Roots. Rock. Reggae.: Can Notes
Feels very reggae, which could be a nod to the colours associated with Bob Marley and the Rastafari with the red, yellow and green horizontal stripes. The white star on the front is covered by the bold, military typeface of the beer name which each word a different background.
With the Rooster's Brewing Co logo on the front of the can, this is a beer can that wants to reach off the shelf and slap you in the face to make you notice it, which is exactly what it did to us. Figuratively speaking.
The back of the can has more writing on it to give more information about the beer and its ingredients, along with some tasting notes which is always a worthy addition to any beer can.
Buy Roots. Rock. Reggae. Pineapple and Grapefruit IPA
We got this from Hopfrog beershop in Hornsea, so you'll need to check out your local bottleshop to try and uproot one of these, as they aren't available anywhere online I can see.
A fan of beer since his first can of John Smiths he snook out of his Dad's fridge, Adam is now a craft beer enthusiast. To offset this 'hobby', he also cycles, runs and plays cricket when not spending time with his family.