“Bringing you craft beer right from the heart of Docklands. Much like the city itself, Urban Alley is made up of people from all walks of life that have been joined together by a love of beer. We are committed to bringing you the best and freshest product possible, utilising both classic and innovative ingredient combinations. Urban Alley – making beer sustainable right from the city’s doorstep.”
Glassware: IPA glass.
Appearance: Tis a beautiful colour…clear, deep ruby red donning a two finger head which persists. Cascading lace sticks to the glass as we go.
Aroma: Moreish wafts of caramel and toffee with a sturdy hop presence to balance. Toasty/bready overtones also coming through quite nicely. A touch of peppery spice from the rye and hints of tropical fruit and pine needles fill it out. Pretty much everything stated on the can translates in to aroma. We love that!
Flavour: It starts soft almost like an ESB with its sweet caramel and bready malt profile. Then those super bitter hops come to the party! Imparting a big and aggressive dose of pithy grapefruit, orange peel and a kind of black tea spiciness. The bitter citrus really ramps up as it finishes dry, citric and bitter AF! A hint of malt sweetness works in to quell it a little bit.
Mouthfeel: Well weighted with an astringent bitterness. 6.3% AbV showing through just a tad but it’s mostly well behaved. Moderate co2.
Overall: To be honest we’d never heard of this brewery til a mate loaded up his boot full of lesser known Victorian beers and hauled them back up to Sydney! We’re glad he did it was a very nice way to kick off proceedings. Solid drop.