“Photon is our light and crushable American Pale Ale loaded with pacific northwest hops. It pours a very hazy orange, releasing well-blended notes of apricot, tangerine, peach, mango, and pineapple. It tastes of soft juicy tropical fruits, hop resins, and a hint of biscuit. A smooth rounded bitterness with a touch of dryness ensures you’re ready for the next sip. This drinking experience is further enhanced with a soft and billowy mouth-feel that has made this the go to ale for the EQ crew, especially when a productive day needs to follow a fun night.”
Appearance: Pastel yellow/gold with a fluffy two finger head. Excellent retention and a smattering of lace left on the glass.
Aroma: Fairly conventional, a hint of white pepper adding a bit of spiciness. Other than that we’re getting the typical marriage of stonefruit, citrus and tropical fruit, a flutter of pine resin and weedy herbs, orange rind, boiled candy and freshly baked white bread. It certainly improves as it settles.
Flavour: Like the aroma; straight forward and inoffensive. A neat fusion of stonefruit, citrus and tropical fruit with a delicate line of resin and weed/herbs. Grapefruit and orange rind developing late and setting up a nice dry finish which offers a touch of rind and resin.
Mouthfeel: Dry and chalky. Pretty well aerated. Mild-medium body and Co2. 4.8% ABV which is stock standard for Pales.
Overall: It’s hard to fault it but at the same time it’s awfully safe. We could list 5 hazy pales by Aussie breweries that are equal, if not better. Good but not great.