Tumut River Brewing ‘Voodoo Child’ Amber Ale


“Our new American Amber was made with a single malt, Voodoo, from our mates at Voyager Craft Malt. If someone makes a fantastic malt in your region with an awesome name why not just run with it?”

Glassware: American Pint.

Appearance: Now this pours like a real Amber Ale! It’s deep with a ruby red tint which really is a sight for sore eyes. It forms a two finger head which gradually recedes and weaves a healthy lace down the glass.

Aroma: This is all class so far. Super rich and sweet caramel, toffee apple, butterscotch and maple-coated cashews greet the olfactories. Really well supported by a distinct juicy orange citrus character which adds not only another angle of sweetness but also a bit of tartness as well. There’s a hint of tang, some florals and boiled candy to tie it all off.

Flavour: This was the big one. Could it keep on the trajectory it was on…hell yes it can! It all transitions from the nose; burnt caramel, toffee, subtle butterscotch, orange peel, blood orange and paw paw. There’s an evident bitterness that kicks up around the mid palate which adds a crucial counter balance to the sweetness as well. Nice and sweet, nutty and bitter finish which lingers.

Mouthfeel: Sticky, gelatinous and very well rounded. Medium body and Co2. The 5% is on par for the style.

Overall: This was a very pleasant surprise. TRBC can be inconsistent at the best of times but on this occasion they’ve absolutely nailed it. By far their best beer we’ve tried. It reminds us of the really hearty Amber Ales of the late 90’s and early Noughties. Very impressive.