Molly Rose are clearly prepared for summer. Last week we covered the humid-defeating Gaterale and now we have two more with refreshment front of mind. Organic XX mixes modern ingredients with historic nomenclature, with the beer’s name paying homage to historic English brewing when a beer's strength was just denoted by the number of Xs. But in the 21st century's corner, we have New Zealand's Nectaron hop, organic malt from Voyager and additional grapefruit (organic of course). Although citrus is definitely a major player in this beer, my first thought on cracking the organic can (OK so maybe the can isn’t organic) was Passiona, with sweet passionfruit packing an aromatic hit before being followed by that grapefruit and nectarine.
Joining that beer is a ginger and lime sour, Zingy Kiss. But while it might have Zing in the name, zest is the game, with the lime sitting somewhere between fresh juice and the grated skins and met by a herbal spice of ginger. Meanwhile, on the sourness scale, the dial is very much turned towards "mouth-puckering".
Published December 7, 2022 2022-12-07 00:00:00