Illawarra brewing co. summer ale


imageOn tap at the brewery in Wollongong. Served in a standard pub schooner glass the cloudy, almost milky pour constructs a thin filmy head with reasonably good retention. Laced well. Aroma is mostly fruity hop-driven. Lemon, pineapple, melon, pear and soft spice stands out for us. Mildly carbonated. Quite light on too, very delicate body. Stark difference between the aroma and taste. A weak, watery mouth feel upfront is followed by an earthy VB-like bitterness in the finish. Subtle citrus notes and some hop bitterness on the back end also. Unfortunately that’s about it for the flavour profile. Far from a summer ale in taste. 4.6% ABV so it would be sessional if VB’s are your choice of beer. We wouldn’t return for another one of these too quickly. Nothing to see here folks.