>Remember Red Rock Cider? It hung around pubs in the late 80s and the best thing about it were the brilliant ‘Police Squad’ adverts, featuring Leslie Nielsen, and the strapline “It’s Not Red, And There Aren’t Any Rocks In It”. Eventually it faded away, taking Autumn Gold and Copperhead with it, lamented by nobody.
Red Rock has a beery namesake in a 4 barrel micro at Bishopsteighton in Devon, and the last time she was in the West Country, Mrs TIW bought me three bottles of their brews to try.
5) Red Rock Breakwater: This was a dark toffee colour, with a lively, overflowing head. There was a faint whiff of choclolate and coffee which was more pronounced in the mouth. A real gob-filler. Complex, buttery and tangy but slightly sour. Good stuff.
6) Red Rock Driftwood: Cloudy. Sandy, straw coloured with a pillowy sustained head. Pungent and spicy, “Christmassy” nose. Big coriander and ginger flavours and a lasting ‘ginger ale’ finish. Warming and very dry. An interesting beer this – some bit at the back of my brain awoke and brought back memories of the nettle beer they sell at Heysham near Morecambe. Good after one of those winter walks between Christmas and New Year, I should think.
7) Red Rock Bitter: Opaque with a fast-diminishing head. Somewhat flat, but I did get some plum in the nose and flavours of sultanas and stewed fruit coming through and worryingly, stewed tea. Reminded me a bit of my poor attempts at homebrew. This bottle might have been a wrong ‘un, or it might have been my impatience and not letting it settle (all three beers were bottle conditioned) before I tried it. Worth another try.