Rooster’s Brewery – Serlo de Burgh
Article written by Mark on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012
I feel quite privileged to have been able to try this beer. Made in a limited run of only 57 bottles by Ol Fozard, the new (or newish by now) brewer at Rooster’s, it’s a 6%, 6 hop IPA that is wonderfully presented in a 750ml bottle with a great, minimalist label. So it goes without saying that there’s always a small wave of excitement when the time comes to open such a beer.
Firstly, a bit of back story behind the name. Rooster’s are based down the road from me in Knaresborough where, according to earliest records, Serlo de Burgh was the first holder of the title ‘Lord of Knaresborough’ around 1115. He built the first castle in Knaresborough and by all accounts was good mates with William the Conqueror. The beer has quite a lot to live up to based on the figure it was named after.
The bottle opens with an audible fizz and it pours a vibrant orangey amber colour with a sticky, thick white head. With the description being a 6 hop IPA I’m expecting an explosion of aroma out of the glass but instead there’s a gentle breeze of sweetness, citrus and tropical fruit on the nose – subtle yet definitely inviting. The tastes are certainly strongly leaning towards the pale and hoppy but no single flavour overrides. You get tropical, floral and citrus notes along with a slight sweetness, but the overall feeling that it’s an extremely well rounded beer, every taste and element seems to complement one another leaving a brilliantly satisfying drink.
I have to say that I was expecting this to be a huge, beastly hop monster, but I was definitely pleasantly surprised. This beer doesn’t need to show off. It showcases great brewing and a perfect balance that lots of other beers, as good as they might be, don’t come close to achieving. Exciting times for Rooster’s Brewery then, who already have a fantastic core range and will hopefully be adding some more beers like this to their repertoire very soon.