For us Sydney folk, Pyrmont needs no explanation. Pronounced ‘peer-mont’ this little but highly active suburb sits right on the Sydney city fringe and enjoys a view of Darling harbour with endless options of craft beer bars, pubs, top end restaurants and our very own casino. A quick overview of their history will tell of a brewery that originated in Sydney city but eventually uprooted and shifted to the gorgeous wine region of the Hunter Valley (a region we love to visit at least a couple of times a year). Anyhow, we will press on with the review.
Poured fresh from a growler in to an IPA glass. The slightly hazy amber pour offers a modest finger of white foam that hastily shrinks down to a collar with reasonable lacing to be shown for it. There is a lovely and dominant presence of spicy, almost sugary rye malts on the nose initially. Backing up are some really aromatic wafts of resinous pine, passion fruit, grape fruit, cedar wood, herbs and tea leaf. Little malts are coming through but what we do detect is some soft honey/caramel in the background. The mouth feel provides a smooth, silky texture with mild-moderate carbonation. Medium bodied. The flavour is very similar to the aroma as the rye malts are front and centre but boosted by a mildly assertive bitterness and bold citric fruits. A hint of honey sweetness is detected as grassy notes carry forward leading to a mild dry finish with a touch of spicy rye malt on the back end. 6.5% ABV. This is a stand out beer and easily our favourite from their range. Yes, beers like the darlo dark and paddo pale ale are good in their own right but this rye IPA is brilliant. A few notches above their other beers. Full of aromatics and full in flavour. Excellent RIPA.