The next beer out of my Rudgate box is Jorvik, labeled as a light, refreshing and fruity blonde ale. As with the Rudgate pale ale, this has a weird pink hue and looks very light as it initially pours out of the bottle, ending up a slightly hazy weird pinky golden colour. It has a small off-white head that lasts surprisingly well, maintaining a thin layer as you drink.
The aroma is hoppy and fruity; predominantly grapefruit along with some kind of stone fruit like peach or apricot. The blend of hops and fruit results in a slightly floral smell but is light enough that it isn't off-putting. I was very pleasantly surprised on my first sip as flavours of hops, caramel, stone fruit, citrus and melon combine to give my tastebuds a workout, followed by a lovely dry and bitter finish.
Well carbonated and medium bodied, Jorvik is a very refreshing and fruity blonde ale. It is the weirdest coloured blonde ale I've ever seen but what it lacks in appearance, it makes up for in taste as it perfectly balances its sweet and bitter flavours.
Brewed by Rudgate Brewery, York
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