Granite Belt Brewery – IRA
Stanthorpe, Queensland wine capital is the home from where this beer came from – Granite Belt Brewery – IRA (Irish Red Ale).
This ale pours a dark copper reddish colour, not t real frothy head that quickly drops away to lace the edge of the glass. Low carbonation. Aroma is sweet with notes of honey caramels, floral and spice. Has a light bitterness finish, sweet balanced caramel flavour. A smooth light bodied beer – Nice easy drinking sessional ale from an area dominated by wine.
I have another 5 Granite Belt Brewery brews that I’ll road test in the up coming weeks!
ABV – 5.0%
Style – Irish Ale
Granite Belt Brewery
Brewery – Granite Belt Brewery
Bacchus Brewing Co – Lamington Dark Ale
Pours a black colour with a reddish tinge in the light. Not much of a head with a fine creamy lacing around the glass.
As the name implies the aroma is like smelling a lamington straight from the bakery, the chocolate and coconut are the standouts. Flavour wise, it’s great, it’s an alcoholic liquefied Lamington. Amazing how all the flavours are all there – the toasted coconut chocolate icing and sponge sweetness.
It’s quite a light bodied ale and easily drinkable, more so for a sweet tooth dessert lover like myself, hence why I purchased a growler full of the stuff. Yum! Now to find a cheesecake beer and I’ll be set!
ABV – 5.0%
Style – Dark Ale – Dessert Ale (Craft Beerscapade’s style)
Sourced from – Bacchus Brewing Co
Brewery – Bacchus Brewing Co
This beer comes from a relatively new brewery, in Queensland’s Great Southeast,
Scenic Rim Brewery – Digga’s Pale Ale
at Boonah – Scenic Rim Brewery. In operation for around 12 months now, this is one of two beers that they brew. “This brew pays homage to our forefathers who worked and fought hard to build this country, let alone their thirst.”
Digga’s pours a gold colour with good carbonation. The head is quite large, light and fluffy that settles to a low creamy head with good lacing
From the glass you get a yeasty citrus aroma, hints of grapefruit and lemon. A nice bitterness taste, not a high hopped beer, with fruits and hints of spice in the flavour.
Overall a neat sessional ale, could see it going down a treat drinking this in the beer garden on warmer day at the Mount Alford Hotel or like!
ABV – 4.5%
Style – Pale Ale
Sourced – Mount Alford Hotel
Brewery – Scenic Rim Brewery
Bacchus Brewery Cellar Door
Well I’ve got to rave about this, being a Redlander and beer lover, having one of Australia’s best craft breweries a stones throw from my base. Funny enough about 25 years ago I used to have beers in just about in the same spot as where Bacchus Brewing Co is now, when it was a dual screen Drive-In Theatre. Now I get the opportunity to do it again, but now with a better selection of beers and i don’t have to sneak them down. Over the back fence of the brewery was one of last of the Redlands turf farms. (Possibly ideas for a few heritage brews names).
I’ve been buying home brew stuff from Craftbrewer (Bacchus Brewing Co sister company) for a few years and had a few testers from what they had on tap, as well. I was envious when seeing inner city Brisbane bars having Bacchus Beers on tap and finding it hard to travel over Tingalpa Creek to go to the big smoke in hope there was still beer in the keg. So after hearing from the crew at Bacchus a while back that they planned on kicking off a bar my hunt for the Bacchus Brew was made a lot easier.
Tasting Paddles made from Barrels
Bowling Lane Bar Top with 15 Taps
Clown Shoes – Space Cake Double IPA
Space Cake pours a clear darkish amber colour, the head is off white with a 10mm head that slowly dissipates to leave a thin foamy head with heavy lacing around the glass.
Has a barley wine style aroma with a heavy nose of fruity sweetness – lemon, mango, pine – from the hops and caramel.
Big hop bitterness to this brew, not overly sweet, with malty caramel flavoured backbone again with that barley wine style coming through in the flavour.
With all of the Clown Shoes brews their art work on their labels are always standouts and on this bottle it’s no different. What’s written on the bottle describes it well – “Why are Miracle Mike and his dog, Bionic, being chased by many evil laser beam shooting cupcakes and two giant layer cake mother ships? Because we’re straight lunatic fools? Well, maybe, but with a few brains cells remaining we managed to craft Space Cake double IPA, utilizing citrusy Mosaic hops and an immaculate West Coast style malt backbone. Dude… Chill out. Enjoy some Space Cake.”
A warming full bodied brew that you can definitely feel the 9.0% ABV when getting to the end of this 650ml Double IPA bottle. No more reviews tonight as some people have to work tomorrow! Me included! Another cracker brew from Clown Shoes.
ABV – 9.0%
Style – Double IPA
Sourced from – The Vine Liquor Mart Cleveland
Brewery – Clown Shoes Beer
Nationality – Ipswich, Massachusetts, USA
Bridge Road Brewers – Chestnut Pilsner
Poured a cloudy straw colour (resembled a ginger beer colour) with sediment and a lasting medium, fluffy white head. Good carbonation
Aromas are sweet fruity, grassy, almost a cider style smell, and slight notes of chestnut. Quite a good unique scent. It has a real malty flavour and again only a slight taste of chestnuts, not overly hoppy and has a good bitterness ending. Nice lingering aftertaste.
A drinkable refreshing Pilsner with unique flavours and aromas.
ABV – 5.0%
Style – Pilsner
Sourced from – The Wine Emporium
Brewery – Bridge Road Brewers
BrewDog – Dead Pony Club
Slightly hazy amber colour with nice carbonation and head retention in the glass. The aroma hits you straight from the bottle when pouring, the fruity citrus smell of pine, passion fruit, lemon and grapefruit sweetness radiates from this low alcohol hop driven beer.
Come across as a full strength pale ale with nice flavours, starting with sweet malts then followed by the fruitiness of the hops and modest bitterness.
Overall a great low alcohol beer, very sessional with good flavours.
ABV – 3.8%
Style – American Pale Ale
Sourced from – The Wine Emporium
Brewery – BrewDog