Beers come from a can, they where put there by a man! Would be a good line to a song, but unfortunately already taken by a peach! Seems to be a growing trend with craft brewers in recent times to can their beers, which Six String Brewing Co have done with their entire core beer range. Finally now we are seeing their range make its way north of the border from this Central Coast brewery. Continue Reading
My local Craft Beer bottle shop got a few cartons in of the Monteith’s range of beers recently , so as i do, i grabbed what they had on offer to take home and eventually take them on a test run. Now I’m not a beer guru, but I’m starting to get the hang of the beer styles and what makes them what they are (just clocked over 500 unique craft beers drunk). My preference is IPA’s, a high hop beer, and this beer to me is a little on the down hop! – Pale Ale?
I’m a big fan of hoppy IPA’s and there’s no shortage of them coming from both here and abroad. With brewers pushing the boundaries of hop induced flavours and aromas, it makes for rewarding times for craft beer drinkers. Coming from the stables of Black Dog Brewery is Leader of the Pack which is one of these IPA’s that has a decent hit of hops built into it.
It’s colour is a dark amber with a healthy foamy beige head that lasts the whole beer out. The variety of hops used gives the beer a multitude of aromas – pine and fruity citrus that standout. The flavours are quite rich with lingering caramel malts and fruits with a bitter taste.
Overall it is a well balanced, medium bodied, hoppy brew that ticks a lot of boxes for me!
In the glass (using a Spiegelau IPA glass from Bridge Road) this beer is a clear golden colour with a light white head. Has a beautiful sweet strong hoppy aroma, a nice choice of 2 new hops gives this blend a fruity nose. This ale has a real bitter finish and not overly flavorsome although some fruitiness is evident. Still a smooth drinking beer that I’d have again, maybe from on tap!
This IPA pours a golden amber colour with a large tan head that settles down. Has a real sweet flowery citrus aroma from the use of ½ dozen or so hops. The hops make this beer well bittered, could probably do with a heavier hit of flavouring hops. Although there are sweet flavours to this beer, malty and hints of citrus.
Medium to light bodied beer. Not a heavily hopped IPA, but then again it’s been made to be a sessional drinker or as the name says – Anytime IPA!
ABV – 4.7%
Style – IPA
Sourced from – The Wine Emporium
Brewery – Temple Brewing Co
A collaboration beer between the two breweries, this beer pours a cloudy golden colour with a white bubbly head that sticks around. It has a tropical citrus aroma due to the use of the UK Pilgrim hops and the new Aussie Enigma hops. It has a nice flavour balance of malt and hops, not overly bitter (not heavily hopped). Quite a sessional ale with a sweet lingering aftertaste.
A unique name for a beer – nothing phallic – it’s actually an Afrikaners term (in this case) for someone (or something) that has one foot (brewer) in the UK and the other foot (brewer) in South Africa (Australia) and their dick dangling in the ocean. Fortunately the bottles artwork doesn’t show the third leg!
This is a Belgian style IPA Tripel
Pours a slightly cloudy orange golden colour with not a very big head and good carbonation. A clever blend of hops gives this beer a nice spicy, grapefruit, passion fruit apricot Aroma. Flavours evident are the fresh sweetness of pineapple and passion fruit from the hops complementing the malt.
An enjoyable sweet flavoured Belgian IPA. Highly rated in my books and I’ll have to get a few more from the brewery when my source is in that neck of the woods again as bottled supplies in Brisbane dried up pretty quick as it being a limited release.
Yet another bottle with great artwork!
This Black IPA beer is, as its name says, black in appearance with a slight reddish colour in the light and a beige head. The aroma is fruity and quite powerful from the Simcoe hops, with not much malt evident from smell. This beer has a nice hop bite, a sweet bitterness with citrus, piney, and malt flavours.
A smooth easy drinking beer from these crazy Scottish brewers – actually watching series 2 of Brew Dogs ATM.