Brewery: Black Wolf Brewery
Style: IPA / English Bitter
Black Wolf has actually been around for longer than you might think - certainly longer than I had realised. They won their first award (Gold in the SIBA National Beer Competition Organic Category) back in 2004, picking up further gongs in 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2012.
Based in Throsk, Stirling, the brewery has made a name for itself with its range of English Bitters such as Lomond Gold, Battle of Bannockburn 1314 and the impressive Glencoe English Stout.
So I was expecting good things from Rok IPA, described as a ‘modern twist on Indian Pale Ale’, and one of Black Wolf’s new breed along with Big Red, Tundra, Florida Black and Gold Digger.
Pours light and golden-straw coloured, with a thin head.
Vague citrus hops and a bit malty. Fairly standard fare.
To be honest, Rok IPA was a bit of a letdown. It’s not a bad beer, and it’s perfectly drinkable, but a nagging blandness drags it down.
The initial taste is hoppy and a bit malty, but there’s next to no sweetness and a lot of bitterness. Again, it’s not that Rok IPA isn’t a nice beer, but rather that it could be so much more.
Although I largely enjoyed drinking it, nothing stands out over the other aromas or tastes. When you consider the other beers Black Wolf has in its locker, it makes Rok IPA’s lack of character all the more disappointing.