Dollar Bill BA Honey Mesquite Sour

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Glassware: Teku.

Appearance: Relatively clear golden amber pour with a quickly vanishing head. Some spotty lace sticks to the glass as we imbibe.

Aroma: Yes, yes, yes! Straight up Lambic! Got that manky cheese cave and dirty sweaty sock scent to it (we’re aware that doesn’t sound appealing but for some weird reason it is with this style!). Mild white vinegar, lemon and sherbet also here in spades. A touch of herbals and a distinct honey sweetness which really pulls everything together. Not getting a great deal of the Mesquite though.

Flavour: There it is! We weren’t getting it on the nose but we’re picking it up instantly here…that natural smoky-ness from the Mesquite is really prominent, it almost tastes like a good Islay whiskey! The champagne-like lemon and musty-ness cuts through it nicely. It hits a subtle spicy note late in the piece then finishes with a certain sweet smoky-ness which is really hard to put in to words. Brilliant.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp and bubbly. The Co2 is definitely lifted here. Mild-medium body. 7.4% ABV…fairly well behaved.

Overall: A very interesting set of flavours but they come together surprisingly well. All of it packed neatly on to a beautiful Lambic base. DB do it again!!

Moo Brew Hazy Pale Ale

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“Strong chance of a Hazy summer: crammed full of Motueka and Citra, our new limited release brew—brewed specially for the Tassie summer—exudes fresh tropical fruit and citrus aromas, backed up by subtle pine notes. It’s super juicy and easy to put down. And just like a Tassie summer, it won’t last long. Take a slab to the shack and settle in for a summer fling with our easy-drinking Hazy Pale Ale. You deserve it. Never forget that.”

Glassware: Shaker.

Appearance: Light golden amber with a very mild haze. It forms a sturdy thumb of white head which works a patchy lace down the walls of the glass.

Aroma: Really clean and citrusy, lots of fresh pine needles, green fruits like apple, pear, kiwifruit and honeydew, a hint of lime, grapefruit/rind, nectarine and soft herbals. Held nicely together by a light and semi sweet honey malt profile. Nice aroma. Not much hazy-ness about it but it’s still decent.

Flavour: Like the aroma – clean, crisp and citrusy with a solid backing of pine and various fruits i.e grapefruit, lemon/lime, pear, honeydew and white grapes. Something kinda earthy and herbaceous as it surges in to a dry, piney and citrusy finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean, light on. Co2 is spot on. 5.5% ABV gives it a little kick but it’s also very well contained.

Overall: We’re confused as to why they called this a “hazy pale”?! There’s minimal haze, minimal juicy-ness and smoothness…it comes off more like an old-school west coast style pale ale if anything. Solid offering but!

50/50 Brewing ‘Donner Party’ Porter

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“Sustenance to get you through those long, cold winters, the Donner Party Porter is another of FiftyFifty’s flagship beers. Reminiscent of dark chocolate, espresso, and dark dried fruits with a long complex finish, this beer is good for one of those nights where you’ve dug yourself into a snow bank because the ski trip didn’t go quite as planned.”

Glassware: American Pint.

Appearance: Super dark cola pour with a thin tan head on top. It quickly retreats to the rim and struggles to produce much lacing.

Aroma: Roasty and slightly metallic with a good helping of cocoa, molasses, bakers chocolate, toffee, burnt toast and subtle dark fruit sweetness i.e blood plum, fig and dates. Also picking up a touch of toasted coconut, camp fire, espresso and earthy, herbal and mildly floral hops. Could be wrong but we’re also getting a flutter of estery yeast too. Solid!

Flavour: Right on the money. Stripped back, traditional Porter notes on display with its delicious roast, bittersweet chocolate, coffee and dark fruits. Again, picking up the slightly herbal and floral hop profile. Gets real roasty and charred as it surges in to a bittersweet finish full of chocolate, cocoa and molasses.

Mouthfeel: Excellent weight…full-ish and nicely sustained Co2, bitterness, ABV, all of it.. dead set spot on.

Overall: A bloody ripper of a Porter from this highly distinguished brewery. Traditional in a sense but so nicely crafted at the same time. Two thumbs up from us.

Humble Sea ‘This Is Foggin Unreal’ DDH IPA

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“DDH Foggy IPA with simcoe, galaxy, and el dorado.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Hazy, light sandy yellow kind of affair with a fluffy two finger head. It slowly breaks up and leaves a wavy lace down the glass.

Aroma: Lots of stone fruit and fleshy tropical fruits hitting the olfactory’s first. Passion fruit, pear, orange citrus and pine offering good support. Just a subtle hint of concentrated juice but it has that touch of pepper to it which we love. This beautiful nectar-like scent opens up as it settles too. Nice and dry doughy malt structure to boot. Diggin it!

Flavour: Smooth as silk. Follows on from the nose with the lifted stone fruit and tropicals then a delicious nectar-filled hit of passion fruit comes through. Hints of pear, grapefruit and pine then lead to a rather pithy finish with soft earthy and herbal notes on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, well rounded. Finely carbonated. Medium body. 6.8% ABV is spot on.

Overall: This really is foggin unreal. Super smooth, sessional, perfectly balanced. A pleasure to drink really. Impressive.

Garage Project ‘Chateau Aro – Solera’ BA Pinot Noir Dark Ale

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“Château Aro, a dark rubescent ale, conditioned on freshly crushed pinot noir juice and skins, then aged in French oak barrels – all from award winning Escarpment Winery. This very special ‘solera’ release blends together 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 vintages, creating a beer of near unparalleled complexity and depth.”

Glassware: Teku.

Appearance: Interesting colour. Kinda like a mash between a muddy dark red and light brown. What little head forms disappears instantly…and no head = no lacing!

Aroma: Quite dank and musty. Like it has been locked in a dark cellar and hasn’t seen the light of day for years. Loving the subtle tannins from the Pinot Noir juice…comes off rather dry with peppery and earthy spice, raisin, cherry, rose petals and raspberry. A bit of a sharp sting in the nostrils too…then again it does tip the scales at a whopping 11.9% ABV.

Flavour: She’s complex indeed! On the dry side of course but it still displays a lot of ripe fruit sweetness, lees, tart berries and earthy spice. Plenty of warmth – that booze really doesn’t shy away one bit. A fair bitterness to it as well. Finishes dry, earthy and peppery with hints of red berries on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Very dry, prickly, a little astringent at times. Medium body, light-moderate Co2. 11.9% ABV…oopht.

Overall: Has nothing on the ’16 vintage. This one is a blend of multiple vintages and in our opinion it comes off a bit flinty and unrefined. Very complex and we have to give credit there. Not really to our taste though.

The Bruery ‘Nana’s Famous Pain Perdu’ Spiced Imperial Stout

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“You’re awakened from your slumber by the sweet aromatics radiating from Nana’s kitchen. Your nose guides you to a decadently sticky plate of Pain Perdu just waiting to be consumed. This breakfast-inspired imperial stout serves up bold, roasty flavors, laced with maple syrup and graham cracker with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg.”

Glassware: Tulip.

Appearance: Solid black with a thumb of brown head perched on top. It gradually forms a thin film and provides a healthy lace as we go.

Aroma: Smack my ass and call me Judy! This is next level. The overall balance has to be commended here. The intensity of the cinnamon and maple would almost be too much if not for the biscuity elements and hearty impy stout base which consists of dark chocolate, coffee, sweet dark fruits and cocoa. There are still so many more subtle aromas here but we don’t want to turn this in to an essay!

Flavour: And it all transfers on to the palate too. Mammoth amounts of spice and maple sweetness all wrapped up in a neat and lightly charred roasted malt base. The Graham Crackers are subtle but offer that biscuity wheatmeal-like savoury edge which balances it all out. Chocolate/cocoa, coffee and campfire to finish.

Mouthfeel: Dense and super chewy. The viscosity is amazing…full body, low Co2. 9.7% ABV showing a little but that’s expected considering its weight.

Overall: The Bruery would have to be one of the best in the world when it comes to pastry and dessert stouts. This is simply world class stuff. Love it!

Humble Sea ‘Otter Space’ DDH IPA

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“DDH Foggy IPA with citra, galaxy, and pacific jade.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Nice mustard-y and super hazy complexion. Thick and frothy two finger head which slowly recedes but it literally hangs a sheet of lace down the glass.

Aroma: It certainly has all the hallmarks of a good NEIPA; tonnes of stonefruit, mixed citrus, doughy/biscuity malt and tropical fruits but it’s the soft musky scent that has us intrigued. Picking up some herbal notes too, a hint of pine and creamy oats for extra measure. Solid.

Flavour: Really smooth with a trace of dryness upfront. The fruit profile is more restrained as opposed to the aroma…citrus and stonefruits mostly with the tropical fruit sweetness having a spell. A mix of peach, rockmelon, pineapple, mango and passion fruit finish with a nice drying bitterness. Good length too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy and well rounded. Finely carbonated, medium body and 6.5% ABV…which is well concealed.

Overall: This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of this mob but it is the first entry for them. We’re proud to say that it wouldn’t stack up against an MC or GP hazy but it definitely holds its own. Decent.

50/50 Brewing ‘Tahoe Pilz’ Pilsner

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“A classic Czech inspired Pilsner that starts off clean and finishes crisp. Tahoe Pilz has a clear, clean look and feel that delivers refreshment in any season.”

Glassware: Tulip.

Appearance: Crystal clear light straw golden pour with a sturdy two finger head. It slowly retracts and leaves a thick blotchy lace on the glass.

Aroma: Gives off that hybrid kinda feel…ultra clean with crisp grainy malts and grassy Noble hops but there is a slightly lifted lemon citrus character which, by the way, works in extremely well. Big notes of straw/hay punching through, some spicy yeast and doughy white bread crusts. Sensational!

Flavour: Exquisitely balanced. It all just comes together in a perfect marriage. Beautiful grainy malt structure with the grassy, spicy and citrusy hops cutting right through. The yeast providing that subtle touch of skunky spice. Lovely dry and bitter finish with lingering grassy-ness in the tail.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, ultra clean and light on. Really vibrant Co2. 5.3% ABV is slightly lifted for the style but it’s hidden nicely.

Overall: We’ve always believed the best way to judge a brewery is by their lager. Mostly because there’s no high ABV, huge hop or malt bills and adjuncts to hide any mistakes behind. It’s just your 4 to the floor ingredients (water, hops, malt and yeast). This is near perfect and sums up the brewery as a whole.

Boatrocker ‘2020 Fat Santa’ BA Imperial Stout

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“Fat Santa 2020 has jumped on the jolly train of 1st use Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels. This vintage has loads of dark roast whole coffee beans, Madagascan vanilla pods, and the incredible tonka beans…
All these plus bourbon and American oak character lead to a decadent and truly feast worthy Christmas beer. Merry Christmas!”

Glassware: Snifter.

Appearance: Pitch black with a short brown head resting atop. It slowly retreats to the rim with scarce lacing as it ebbs.

Aroma: Holy moly this smells freakin incredible! The bourbon barrels lift out with sheer ferocity then make room for the base stout characters to shine – dark chocolate, molasses, licorice, espresso, toffee fudge and ash. All of those gorgeous bourbon qualities really open up as it settles… vanilla, spice, caramel etc. Stunning.

Flavour: This release just keeps getting better and better. The front palate is completely inundated with bourbon barrels, vanilla, spice, dark chocolate, licorice, molasses, coffee and treacle. This hedonistic fusion of flavour stretches well in to the burnt and warming finish then draws out for an eternity.

Mouthfeel: Dense and oily yet surprisingly smooth for its size (10.4 % ABV). Low Co2. Dangerously drinkable.

Overall: Would near have to be one of the best vintages yet. We’d give almost anything to do a vertical tasting of all the Fat Santa vintages. Boatrocker are without a doubt one of the best BA stout producers in the country.

Timothy Taylor’s ‘Boltmaker’ Yorkshire Bitter

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“A well-balanced, genuine Yorkshire Bitter, with a full measure of maltiness and hoppy aroma – Boltmaker is first choice for the discerning drinker – on both sides of the Pennines. Formerly known as Best Bitter, Boltmaker has won many awards over the years but most recently it was awarded the CAMRA Supreme Champion Beer of Britain in 2014 and Champion Beer of Britain – Bitter category in 2016.”

Glassware: English Pint.

Appearance: Bold amber with full transparency. It forms a thumb of khaki head which hangs around. Nice webbed lace as we imbibe.

Aroma: Smells absolutely amazing. Malty sweet but nicely balanced by the spicy and herbal old world hops. It really is the malt show though…packed full of caramel, toffee, nuts, toast/doughy bread and sweet dark fruits i.e raisin, prunes/dates and fig. A faint hint of marmalade in there too. Top shelf stuff.

Flavour: English ale at its finest. The palate is swamped with sweet malts ranging from caramel, butterscotch, dried dark fruits and nuts but it’s kept in check by a fine hop bitterness along with orange peel, spice and earthy herbals. Beautifully balanced finish with lingering notes of wheatmeal biscuits and toast.

Mouthfeel: Nice and full yet still light on…the bitterness certainly helping there. Moderate Co2. Only 4.2% ABV so well in to session territory.

Overall: An absolute corker of a beer. The epitome of English ale – easy drinking, sweet but balanced and highly palatable. Brilliant.

50/50 Brewing ‘West Coast Haze’ IPA

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“This is our unique twist on the New England style craze of a hazy IPA. Loaded with Calypso, Azacca, Mosaic, Amarillo and El Dorado hops – juicy, hoppy, and delicious – West Coast style. Let’s just say the West Coast is the Best Coast.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Hazy pastel yellow-orange with a big and creamy three finger head. It holds together nicely and works a healthy lace down the glass.

Aroma: Not getting a great deal off it. There is still an inch of head hanging around though. Once the head eventually settles it still isn’t displaying much intensity. Slight fruit juicy-ness… pineapple, orange citrus, melon, mango, papaya, light florals, pine and apple/pear. Something a little herbaceous happening too…comes off as a little earthy. Interesting.

Flavour: Showing a bit more citrus as opposed to the aroma. Orange/rind, grapefruit and a hint of lime. Definitely getting pineapple, mango, papaya, apple/pear, subtle spice and or resin, pine and earthy herbals. Somewhat dry and slightly bitter finish with traces of papaya, pear and herbs on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth, creamy, light-moderate Co2. A nicely tempered bitterness. 6.2% ABV is spot on for the style.

Overall: Not as polished as CAPA but still a good drop in its own right. Certainly hits the burgeoning ‘no coast’ style nicely. Not bad.

Bridge Road ‘B2 Bomber – Mach 10’ Imperial Belgian Black IPA

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“This year we have re-created B2’s revered Imperial Belgian Black IPA base, with the addition of a carefully selected coffee blend – It pours like liquid dark chocolate with a lasting tan head and medium carbonation from our biggest-ever malt bill. en years on, B2 Bomber continues to evolve and transcend style, and remains singular in the Australian craft beer landscape.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Black with a loosely packed brown head which snaps back to the rim. It posts thin rings as we imbibe.

Aroma: Scintillating wafts of rich dark chocolate, licorice, Candi sugars, vanilla, coffee, musk, piney hops, mixed citrus, weedy herbs and a subtle array of yeast esters; apple pie, banana and solvent. God damn the Mach series is epic and it only gets better each vintage.

Flavour: Hhhmmm. That’s surprising…no where near as defined as the aroma. It just seems a little muddled to us. There’s something a little tangy which isn’t working with our palate. The upside is it’s quickly overtaken by big chocolate, coffee, vanilla and yeast esters which carry well in to the finish.

Mouthfeel: A little flat and oily. Medium-full body. 10.1% ABV is reasonably well hidden.

Overall: It’s no secret these guys have had Co2 issues with the past couple of vintages. It was great that they recalled the bottled release but it seems there’s still some lingering problems with it. It still seems a little flat-ish which is such a shame coz it really could be a superb beer.

Cooper’s 2020 ‘Vintage Ale’ English Strong Ale

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“The 2020 release of our much-loved Vintage Ale had to be special to recognise the 20th brew of one of our most famous ales. The Coopers brewing team has revelled in the challenge of making an authentic Vintage Ale with that special twist we have become accustomed to. A special ‘Leabrook’ barley from the Adelaide Hills was chosen to create the Pale malt for this brew and, when combined with crystal and wheat malt, provides a smooth mouthfeel and a fine creamy head.”

Glassware: English Pint.

Appearance: Kinda muddy light brown with toffee highlights. It manages a short beige head which slowly peels off. Nice wavy lace clings to the sides of the glass.

Aroma: A proper malt bomb but that’s exactly what we were expecting. The fact that it’s still pretty green means it’s displaying a fair bit of earthy and floral hop but the lovely nutty, toasty and toffee-laden malts take centre stage. The classic Cooper’s yeast in all of its estery glory plays a big part too. Solid!

Flavour: It’s definitely a bit more bitter than we expected… probably due to its freshness again but the earthy, floral and grassy hops certainly provide a heady dryness that counteracts the toasty malts. Burnt toffee, cocoa, carob and toast finish with a nice dry grassiness in the tail.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and well rounded with a defined bitterness in the swallow. Medium-full body with low-ish Co2. 7.5% ABV is slightly noticeable.

Overall: Probably not our most favoured vintage.. which works with the sort of year we’ve all had anyway, so it’s fitting right?? Not bad.

Equilibrium’ Dhop 26′ DDH Double IPA

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“The next dHop is here. This uses a special Haas pellet in between a normal T90 and LUPOMAX. Based on this processing of the hop cone, we felt that this beer would play very nice with our Energy treatment to further extract the deliciousness that this hop could offer.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Slightly hazy pastel yellow-orange with two fingers of sturdy white head perched on top. Excellent retention and lace as we go. PS watch your pour with this one too…lots of suspended sediment.

Aroma: Nice and fruity like all the other 5 IPA’s we got from EQ. This one displays a bit more resin and hop oils…reminds us of Kiwi hops with its evergreen, vines and white wine characters. We’re also getting lemongrass, blueberry, unripened pineapple, honeydew and guava.

Flavour: Wow, we’re getting a faint tartness upfront. Comes off kinda citrusy (lemon mostly) but also berry-like. It’s followed by the usual fruit salad and infused with a hint of resinous pine and leafy/grassy evergreen. It finishes fruity, grassy and a little dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat tangy, a little prickly. Medium body, mild-moderate Co2. 8.5% ABV was a little discernible but well enough concealed.

Overall: This is the last of the 6 different IPA’s we bought. It pretty sums up the whole experience with EQ – a lot of potential but nothing overly memorable. There’s numerous Aussie breweries pumping out way better IPA’s than these.

50/50 Brewing ‘CAPA’ California Pale Ale

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“California Pale Ale. CAPA is a strong hopped pale ale. Brewed with Citra and Eldorado Hops which creates an amazing grapefruit and citrus aroma. This is a great beer for those who want hops without too much bitterness.”

Glassware: Shaker.

Appearance: Golden amber with almost full clarity. It forms a thumb of foamy white head which slowly retracts. Some broken wavy lace clings as it ebbs.

Aroma: Absolutely popping. Nice crisp malt base with a nicely balanced floral and citrusy hop profile. Picking up a fair amount of orange, rockmelon, pineapple, soft caramel and honey, wheat grains, pine and watermelon. Jeez, there’s a lot happening for a Pale Ale!

Flavour: Comes on super crisp with lots of vibrancy and character. Again the balance is spot on…kinda biscuity, semi sweet honey malt structure with the floral and citrusy hops offsetting. A delicate hop bitterness develops late as it finishes rather smooth and fruity.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and zingy. Medium body and Co2. Mild hop dryness in the finish. 5.4% ABV – right on the money.

Overall: This is the first time we’ve seen the core range from 50/50 in Australia. We weren’t actually aware they had a core range as all we ever wanted was the Eclipse series beers. Tell ya what if they all stack up like this then we’re in for a treat!

Aether Brewing ‘Creature Of The Night’ Peanut Butter Stout

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“Heavy aromas of peanut butter and peanut brittle, further accentuated by the mouthfeel and oily slickness of the malts. Subtleties of chocolate and caramel can also be found. Quite dry for a dessert beer due to the lack of lactose.”

Glassware: Tulip.

Appearance: As black as midnight with a thumb of fizzy brown head which quickly fades. Scarce lace as we go.

Aroma: Holy moly even someone with hyposmia would be able to smell the peanuts here! Extract-alicious! That aside it’s still an unbelievably alluring aroma, the level of peanut is immense and it’s also supported by hints of milk chocolate, mixed nuts, coffee and brittle.

Flavour: As anticipated it’s heavy on the peanut extract. Not so much peanut butter though…more peanut brittle. Unfortunately the back up that was there in the aroma hasn’t transferred to the palate. She’s a one trick pony and that’s a bit disappointing.

Mouthfeel: Light on for the style. Flat-ish Co2. The 7% ABV is pretty well hidden though.

Overall: Not what we expected from this Brissy brewery. We’ve had these guys on our radar for years and it’s unfortunate our first entry was a little negative. Core range is up next!

King Tide ‘Cows With Guns’ India Brown Ale

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“Geared with toasted malts and cranked up with resinous hops. Cheers to an epic local bike track!”

Glassware: American Pint.

Appearance: Light chestnut brown with a big three finger head. It takes an age to reduce and leaves a smattering of lace on the glass.

Aroma: Straight away we get a nose full of those gorgeous toasty chocolate malts.. throwing out cocoa, light coffee and roasted nuts. Although it’s hopped more than your typical Brown Ale the hops don’t really cut through as much as we’d like.. shy-ish notes of pine resin, subtle citrus and dank/weedy herbs. Not half bad but.

Flavour: Promising start of sharp piney hops, resin and pithy grapefruit with the roasty/toasty malts giving it some bottom end. It holds rather well with the citric bitterness and dank weedy herbs coming through the other side and leading on to a nutty/toasty finish. Some fairly aggressive bitterness on the back end too.

Mouthfeel: Just a tad too light on for our liking. Nicely balanced though, good Co2. 6.7% ABV is well concealed.

Overall: A pretty decent representation of the style. Well balanced, full flavoured, a bit of grunt to boot. A fine offering really.

Bridge Road ‘NEeD – IPA #1’ Hazy IPA

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“Pouring a golden milky hue with a bright white head, you’ll want to dive straight into this beauty with it’s big punchy hop aroma. Some tropical juiciness on the palate and a super silky mouthfeel make way for a subtle coconut sweetness on the finish, which is balanced out with a medium bitterness.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Golden amber with very faint haze. It forms a thumb of creamy white head which holds its shape. Healthy lace as it ebbs.

Aroma: We get a shit load of sticky resin and dank weedy herbs initially. This smells green AF and yep…sure enough the canning date is 11/11/20. Heady notes of grapefruit, hop oils, lemon, unripened pineapple, coconut flakes and buttery biscuits. We love the fact that Sabro plays a minor part here…really not that digging that hop lately.

Flavour: A lot to unpack actually. Picking up the subtle coconut but it’s nicely offset by a huge fruit salad character – pineapple, grapefruit, melon, passion fruit, mixed citrus and rind. Very resinous, Iots of pine and sappy bitterness, a little syrupy. Dry and super bitter finish which endures.

Mouthfeel: Slightly prickly, dry and a tad chalky. Medium body. 7.6% ABV is fairly noticeable.

Overall: It kinda see-sawed its way to a half decent finish. Appearance wasn’t hazy enough but the aroma was kick ass. Flavour profile was good but the finish was a bit harsh. Not bad.

Staatsbrauerei ‘Rothaus’ Pils

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“The most popular Rothaus beer is the Rothaus Pils. With an original gravity of 12.4% and 32 IBU’s, Rothaus Pils has a prominent position among other pilsners. Rothaus Pils is fermented from bottom-fermenting yeast that’s been developed in house, before maturing for roughly four weeks. During this period, its robust and elegant flavors and its high Rezenz are cultivated. Rezenz is the term for the refreshing feeling produced by the carbon dioxide in beer.”

Glassware: Flute.

Appearance: Light, straw golden pour with two fingers of sturdy white head atop. Excellent retention and lace as we go.

Aroma: Classic Bavarian style Pils. It’s got that lovely pinch of semi sweet and grainy malt with all the authentic hop notes; cut grass, herbs, earthy, light florals and delicate citrus. Definitely picking up a bit of wet hay and straw as well. Perfect really.

Flavour: Balanced to perfection. Just a hint of the slightly sweet malts – grainy, honey – with a slightly more pronounced lemon/citrus character. Plenty of Noble hop grassiness, spice, florals and earthy notes which set up the clean and kinda herbaceous finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light and totally crushable. Mild bitterness with vibrant carbonation. 5.1% ABV…right on the money.

Overall: It doesn’t get much better than this. It’s dead set gone straight in to our top 5 best ever Pilsners. Superb!

Equilibrium ‘Fractal Citra’ IPA

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“Fractal Citra pours a hazy-straw yellow releasing aromas of bright tropical passion fruit, pineapple, lychee, and hint of mango (complex). The taste is resinous pineapple juice with a slightly creamy mouthfeel and a firm but rounded bitterness. This medley of characteristics makes the name “Fractal Citra” warranted indeed.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Slightly hazy, light straw yellow complexion with a well kept two finger head. Nice wavy lace sticks as it ebbs.

Aroma: Well it’s definitely a Citra bomb! Tonnes of oily pine and resin, tropical fruit, grapefruit and orange citrus, green mango, pineapple, paw paw and candy. The latter really flourishing as it settles…gets a little too artificial for our liking though. Very clean yet distant malt bill.

Flavour: It comes on quite dry and herbaceous…the tropical fruits and citrus following close behind. Pine resin, grapefruit, pithy rind and evergreen through the mid leading to a rather dry and piney finish which provides lingering notes of grapefruit and rind for days.

Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth, creamy and pillowy. A mild dryness forming post swallow. Medium body and Co2. 6.8% ABV is spot on for the style.

Overall: We love Citra, it has been one of our favorite hops since we began drinking craft beer. Although it’s used well here the rest of the beer is lacking in our opinion. Pretty average.