Bad Shepherd Brewing Co. American Pale Ale


27540468_809843875866426_3702944819991578938_n“A big bold hoppy take on the classic American Pale Ale. Packed with American and Australian hops including Cascade, Columbus, Galaxy, Mosaic and Crystal, and supported by a firm malt backbone. Finishes clean with a firm bitterness. A mouth-watering aroma blend of passionfruit, orange and pine!”


Glassware: Shaker.

Appearance: Hazy burnt orange hue with a short cap sitting atop. It peels off to a film which still manages to weave a healthy lace down the glass.

Aroma: From the brewers ramblings it would seem that they have modelled the beer off the classic pavlova. Tonnes of passion fruit, mango, peach and berries coming through along with a buttery caramel/biscuit malt in support. Nice big piney notes cutting in as well. Not bad.

Flavour: Sits nicely poised on the palate. Lots of American hop character slicing its way through the rather sweet and robust caramel malts on entry. Subtle injection of grapefruit midway before a bitter finish reveals orange peel and pineapple on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Quite bold, creamy texture with a pleasant bitterness in the swallow. Spritzy co2 and medium body. 5.2% ABV – basically immaterial.

Overall: Middle of the road APA. Would we seek it out again? Probably not. Certainly not a bad drop it just isn’t all that memorable.