Coldstream brewery crisp pale ale


image“A trio of hops in this Aussie style Pale Ale keeps things nice and floral with a hint of bitterness. A malty body with a bit of citrus wraps up into one good brew.”

This is our first crack at this Victorian breweries range. Served into a shaker glass the transparent amber pour constructs a 1 inch white head that fades quickly, eventually settling to a halo on top. Minimal lacing. The aroma is subdued, almost nothing to be discovered but very muted floral notes that are offering pot pourri, grain and some soft spicy hops. The mouth feel is smooth, maybe a little thin with mild carbonation and bitterness. Slightly watery and not a lot of body either. The palate is very light on with a mild combination of malt sweetness, grain and hops. A dash of slightly tart lemon through the mid is rounded off by a light toasted malty finish. We’re a bit nonplussed, the aroma and flavours are a bit muddled and don’t work. Strikes us as more of a lager as well. 4.8% ABV is on par but it’s just lacking oomph. A tad disappointing.