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Rolling Rock

February 24th, 2013 by Android | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

DISB Rating– 86 – Nothing like an ice cold cooler full of Rocks on a hot beach.
TMTB rating – 91 – What can I say, its an American classic.
Style Rating – 94 – It is outstanding for a PAP.

The first time I had a Rolling Rock it was coming back from Gainesville FL with Bruce Antunucci and Chuck whose cousin was an Assistant Principal at my High School. It was cold, a little grainy on the front end, well carbonated, light bodied, light in color, hence the moniker “Extra Pale,” smooth up until an odd bitter/oily after taste. I get that same aftertaste in a Yuengling Premium, so I am not sure if it is the Hops variety or the corn, because Yuengling uses corn as an adjunct as did Rolling Rock , traditionally. Budweiser uses rice, which does not have that aftertaste.1 We were listening to “Truckin'” by the Grateful Dead on some back road between middles of nowhere, Ocala and Sanford, after losing another Lacrosse match. 2

This was 30 years before my High School, Lake Brantley would produce the dynamic duo of Jesse and Jake Bernhardt who would eventually play for the University of Maryland and probably at least 20 years before the school had a lacrosse team. 3 So I played with an adult Men’s lacrosse team, the Orlando Lacrosse Club or the Florida Lacrosse league, really a beering and brawling league that travelled the state and played its home games at Wymore Technical High School, formerly known in the early 1900’s as Hungerford High School, in Eatonville Florida, the birth place of Zora Neal Hurston, just north of Orlando. 4 There is a bit of an irony here with a bunch of southern old white men playing what was a northern sport in traditionally black town at a traditionally black high school which formed a lynchpin southern system of segregation and also produced catalysts for the Harlem Renaissance and the civil rights movement. 5

1. The Editor’s – this is nice . . . you are talking about the beer.

2. The Editors – Please, the beer mate!

3. The Editor’s – Please . . .Stop!

4. The Editors – This is embarrassing – nobody really cares about you, they are just here to learn about the beer. Just in case someone cares about Hungerford High School and and Zora Neal Hurston here are some links, because if he starts talking about them, the best you can hope for is to learn something about beer.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hungerford_Vocational_High_School; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zora_Neal_Hurston. PS. Hurston was born in Notasulga Alabama 1891, but claimed she was born in Eatonville in 1901.

As for the beer: Rolling Rock aroma cracker slight citrus and sweet grass. Head well formed initially but quickly collapses with no lacing. Flavor slightly sweet front end and back end, cracker in the middle well carbonated color light gold body light. Slight bitterness on backend but very fleeting. Can taste the alcohol.

5. The Editors – What kind of garbled sentimentalist crap is that? Anyhow Rolling Rock was bought out by In Bev in 2003 and they stopped producing it. By 2008 Anheuser Busch had purchased the label, and then they were bought out by In Bev. When you get the stuff out of bottles, it tastes pretty much the same as it did when the Latrobe Brewing Company produced the product. In cans we are less confident of the similarities, but at $5.99 a 12 pack of cans, (it is now $7.49) Shop Rite in New York state, Rolling Rock could be Busch in cans, which it may be, and we will still be buying it.

The Editor’s – This is nice . . . you are talking about the beer.
The Editors – Please, the beer mate!
The Editor’s – Please . . .Stop!
The Editors – This is embarrassing – nobody really cares about you, they are just here to learn about the beer. Just in case someone cares about Hungerford high School and and Zora Neal Hurston here are some links, because if he starts talking about them, the best you can hope for is to learn something about beer.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hungerford_Vocational_High_School; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zora_Neal_Hurston. PS. Hurston was born in Notasulga Alabama 1891, but claimed she was born in Eatonville in 1901.
As for the beer: Rolling Rock aroma cracker slight citrus and sweet grass. Head well formed initially but quickly collapses with no lacing. Flavor slightly sweet front end and back end, cracker in the middle well carbonated color light gold body light. Slight bitterness on backend but very fleeting. Can taste the alcohol.
The Editors – What kind of garbled sentimentalist crap is that? Anyhow Rolling Rock was bought by In Bev in 2003 and they stopped producing it. By 2008 Anheuser Busch had purchased the label, and then they were bought out by In Bev. When you get the stuff out of bottles, it tastes pretty much the same as it did when the Latrobe Brewing Company produced the product. In cans we are less confident of the similarities, but at $5.99 a 12 pack of cans, (it is now $7.99) Shop Rite in New York state, Rolling Rock could be Busch in cans, which it may be, and we will still be buying it.