“Do you know what a Kölsch is? Our Golden Ale is one! A style famous in Cologne, Germany for its brightness, clarity and easy drinking style. Fermented with ale yeast, then finished with cool lagering. The result is the best of both worlds: A light easy drinking pale that finishes crisp and clean. This new name for our fave brew will provide enlightenment for the craft beer lover about the style they are enjoying.”
Appearance: Pale straw golden body with a thumb of finely beaded foam resting atop. The head reduces slightly but manages a decent lace as we go.
Aroma: Bright, crisp, light citrus and spice coming off initially. Some herbaceous notes there in the background along with soft florals and straw/hay. Further grainy-ness opening up as it settles in. Very subtle yeasty tones showing up late as well. Very pleasant and matching this unusually warm winters arvo.
Flavour: Spot on for the style – lots of fruity and spicy hops, herbals and grainy straw/hay. Yet so beautifully crisp and clean. Semi sweet/ light honey malts fill it out. Smooth transition in to the light fruity and grainy finish.
Mouthfeel: Approachable is the name of the game here…crisp, clean and perfectly balanced. Co2 is spot on, offering just that right amount of spritz. 5% ABV is right on the money too.
Overall: We knew this would be a good drop. Red Hill are one of the best in the business when it comes to traditional European styles and this fits the bill perfectly. Solid offering.