Category Archives: Pale Ales

Zierholz ‘Hopmeister’ English Pale Ale


“Crafted from prized British Maris Otter, Crystal and premium German Munich malts, this English Style Pale Ale combines fresh, fruity and zesty New Zealand hops and a biscuity malt with caramel sweetness followed by an appetizingly dry finish. The generous hopping will leave your tastebuds lingering and wanting one more. A great aperitif or as an accompaniment to grills, sausages and Mexican style dishes.”

Glassware: Shaker.

Appearance: Bold amber with a very mild haze. It forms a thumb of off white head which slowly retracts but still manages a wet and wavy lace down the glass.

Aroma: Extremely well balanced. Getting the heady notes of nutty and toasty malt initially then the slightly sweet and fruity hops in support. We’re also picking up more nuanced hints of orange citrus, caramel, light musky florals and earthy apricot. We love the fact it isn’t trying to be fancy, it’s just a really well structured aroma.

Flavour: The hop bitterness certainly shows some vigour. Instantly the dry bitterness and fruity/citrusy flavours compliment the toasty and earthy/nutty malts. That real pithy bitterness carries through the mid and lands on a toasty finish with mostly citrus and rind drawing out on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Fairly dry and bitter… intensifying in the swallow. Light-moderate body and Co2. We like the 5.1% ABV, it’s just slightly higher than average but not enough to notice.

Overall: A very respectable interpretation of an English Pale Ale. The base malt profile is spot on and the combination of Aussie and NZ hops adds a touch of new world flair. But without going over the top. Diggin it.

Aether ‘Deep Space Haze’ Hazy Pale Ale


“Deep Space Haze Hazy Pale ale was created amidst the 2020 Australian Hop Harvest. We set to work creating a wet hop, hazy pale . We fell so in love with the beer, that we decided that we wanted it as part of our core range… and while we couldn’t keep the wet hop component we could adjust the hop bill to add even more amazing Australian hops. Please welcome, Deep Space Haze to our already stellar core range.”

Glassware: Shaker.

Appearance: Uber hazy apricot coloured pour with a thumb of sturdy white head resting atop. Slow reduction and healthy lace on the glass as it ebbs.

Aroma: One of the things we notice instantly is the nectar-filled fruits; passionfruit, peach, mango, guava and orange. Subtle herbals and florals, soft piney notes, frosty fruits and paw paw. The malt bill is definitely dry and doughy, a little crusty at times as well. Fleeting chalky notes too. Pretty damn good if we must say!

Flavour: Wasn’t expecting such a huge explosion of flavour but it comes on with a massive wave of of stonefruit – peach, apricot and melon alongside tart passionfruit and orange, subtle brekky juice and pine. Slightly pithy in the middle with an assertive bitterness that carries it through to the bone dry and citric finish.

Mouthfeel: Fairly creamy initially then quite dry and bitter post swallow. Medium body with a vibrant carb. 5.2% ABV is neither here nor there.

Overall: Very flavoursome that’s for sure but maybe a tad too bitter for a hazy in our opinion. We’re looking for that super creamy, juicy and fluffy quality in a hazy. Big ups on the artwork though…very eye-catching.

Marston’s ‘EPA’ English Pale Session Pale Ale


“EPA stands for English Pale Ale. And the stilt walker is actually an original hop picker. In this case Cascade and Styrian hops. They give it the subtle citrus flavours and delicate bitter aftertaste. An easy drinking, refreshing, light, blonde ale. Appeals to ale and lager drinkers. And the occasional stilt walker.”

Glassware: English pint.

Appearance: Pours a lovely golden amber with a thumb of fizzy white head atop. It slowly recedes and works a wavy lace down the glass.

Aroma: Picking up a well balanced fusion of sweet caramelised malts, floral and citrusy hops and that classic earthy/woody note we get from British ale yeast. There is a nice crisp freshness to it too (even though the beer itself is a tick over 7 months old). Peppery grains, orange zest, blossom and a subtle musky-ness to boot. Not half bad.

Flavour: Again, there isn’t really one dominating feature, just a mellow fusion of zesty citrus, toasty and grainy cereal malts, light florals, a hint of candy/musk and a dry woody note in the background. It provides a fairly clean and dry finish with delicate piney notes on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp and dry. Mild body with a vibrant carbonation. Only 3.6% ABV so it really is a stayer.

Overall: Look it’s not a terribly exciting beer but it does the job. It’s got good depth of flavour and aroma with only a small ABV. A pleasant drop.

Resin ‘Refraction’ NEPA


No Commercial Description.

Glassware: Shaker.

Appearance: Sandy golden yellow with a thumb of loosely packed head on top. It holds up surprisingly well and works a patchy lace was we go.

Aroma: Chock-full of tangy citrus, stonefruit, passion fruit, peach skins, mild juice concentrate, oats and a doughy/breast malt at the base. Something a little weedy and resinous (pun intended!) In here too. Mango and rock melon certainly intensifies as it warms. Pretty solid stuff.

Flavour: She’s unbelievably smooth that’s for sure. Mixed orange citrus, passion fruit and subtle brekky juice characters upfront. A flutter of weedy herbs and resin coming through. Those dry and bready oats act as a backdrop and an excellent counter balance for the fruity hops to drive in to the lengthy finish.

Mouthfeel: Ultra smooth, creamy, very finely carbonated. Mild-medium body. The 5% ABV is nicely positioned in the beer.

Overall: Another extremely tidy offering from Resin. Not a great deal of contrast between this and Olfaction but take nothing away from this (or Olfaction) they’re both really good beers.

5 Barrel ‘Freefall’ Pale Ale


“Our Pale Ale is an Australian twist on a classic American style. This beer typifies the type of session beer we love to drink at Five Barrels. It is light and easy drinking with a good smack of hop flavours and aromas, chased by a light biscuity body. We think that a good Pale Ale has to strike the right balance between the malt and the hops; it can’t be too sweet, but it can’t be too bitter either. It’s all about balance, and we think ours is pretty bloody good.”

Glassware: Shaker.

Appearance: Mildly hazy light amber with a finger of white foam perched on top. The head gradually peels off but it’s able to weave a fine lace down the glass.

Aroma: Nicely balanced. There’s a good fruit profile alongside hints of herbals, resin, pine needles and fruit sugars/candy. The malt structure is fairly heady…certainly some caramel sweetness but also quite biscuity with a flutter of honey also coming through. It’s not going to win any prizes but it does the job.

Flavour: Once again the balance is key here. The semi sweet and kinda biscuity malts really take the edge off that classic hop bitterness. Mostly citrus and stone fruit with a pinch of herbals and pine carry through mid and land on a slightly dry and pithy finish which endures.

Mouthfeel: Keeping with the tradition of the beer it’s well rounded with a vibrant CO2. Medium body. 4.9% ABV.

Overall: Some might see this Pale Ale as being a little insipid but we can appreciate the pin point balance that’s struck here. If we were looking for a full flavoured yet light and sessional beer this would be one we’re reaching for. Solid drop.

Moo Brew Hazy Pale Ale


“Strong chance of a Hazy summer: crammed full of Motueka and Citra, our new limited release brew—brewed specially for the Tassie summer—exudes fresh tropical fruit and citrus aromas, backed up by subtle pine notes. It’s super juicy and easy to put down. And just like a Tassie summer, it won’t last long. Take a slab to the shack and settle in for a summer fling with our easy-drinking Hazy Pale Ale. You deserve it. Never forget that.”

Glassware: Shaker.

Appearance: Light golden amber with a very mild haze. It forms a sturdy thumb of white head which works a patchy lace down the walls of the glass.

Aroma: Really clean and citrusy, lots of fresh pine needles, green fruits like apple, pear, kiwifruit and honeydew, a hint of lime, grapefruit/rind, nectarine and soft herbals. Held nicely together by a light and semi sweet honey malt profile. Nice aroma. Not much hazy-ness about it but it’s still decent.

Flavour: Like the aroma – clean, crisp and citrusy with a solid backing of pine and various fruits i.e grapefruit, lemon/lime, pear, honeydew and white grapes. Something kinda earthy and herbaceous as it surges in to a dry, piney and citrusy finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean, light on. Co2 is spot on. 5.5% ABV gives it a little kick but it’s also very well contained.

Overall: We’re confused as to why they called this a “hazy pale”?! There’s minimal haze, minimal juicy-ness and smoothness…it comes off more like an old-school west coast style pale ale if anything. Solid offering but!

50/50 Brewing ‘CAPA’ California Pale Ale


“California Pale Ale. CAPA is a strong hopped pale ale. Brewed with Citra and Eldorado Hops which creates an amazing grapefruit and citrus aroma. This is a great beer for those who want hops without too much bitterness.”

Glassware: Shaker.

Appearance: Golden amber with almost full clarity. It forms a thumb of foamy white head which slowly retracts. Some broken wavy lace clings as it ebbs.

Aroma: Absolutely popping. Nice crisp malt base with a nicely balanced floral and citrusy hop profile. Picking up a fair amount of orange, rockmelon, pineapple, soft caramel and honey, wheat grains, pine and watermelon. Jeez, there’s a lot happening for a Pale Ale!

Flavour: Comes on super crisp with lots of vibrancy and character. Again the balance is spot on…kinda biscuity, semi sweet honey malt structure with the floral and citrusy hops offsetting. A delicate hop bitterness develops late as it finishes rather smooth and fruity.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and zingy. Medium body and Co2. Mild hop dryness in the finish. 5.4% ABV – right on the money.

Overall: This is the first time we’ve seen the core range from 50/50 in Australia. We weren’t actually aware they had a core range as all we ever wanted was the Eclipse series beers. Tell ya what if they all stack up like this then we’re in for a treat!

Equilibrium ‘Photon’ Hazy Pale Ale


“Photon is our light and crushable American Pale Ale loaded with pacific northwest hops. It pours a very hazy orange, releasing well-blended notes of apricot, tangerine, peach, mango, and pineapple. It tastes of soft juicy tropical fruits, hop resins, and a hint of biscuit. A smooth rounded bitterness with a touch of dryness ensures you’re ready for the next sip. This drinking experience is further enhanced with a soft and billowy mouth-feel that has made this the go to ale for the EQ crew, especially when a productive day needs to follow a fun night.”

Glassware: Shaker.

Appearance: Pastel yellow/gold with a fluffy two finger head. Excellent retention and a smattering of lace left on the glass.

Aroma: Fairly conventional, a hint of white pepper adding a bit of spiciness. Other than that we’re getting the typical marriage of stonefruit, citrus and tropical fruit, a flutter of pine resin and weedy herbs, orange rind, boiled candy and freshly baked white bread. It certainly improves as it settles.

Flavour: Like the aroma; straight forward and inoffensive. A neat fusion of stonefruit, citrus and tropical fruit with a delicate line of resin and weed/herbs. Grapefruit and orange rind developing late and setting up a nice dry finish which offers a touch of rind and resin.

Mouthfeel: Dry and chalky. Pretty well aerated. Mild-medium body and Co2. 4.8% ABV which is stock standard for Pales.

Overall: It’s hard to fault it but at the same time it’s awfully safe. We could list 5 hazy pales by Aussie breweries that are equal, if not better. Good but not great.

Cellarmaker ‘Dobis’ Tropical Pale Ale


“We are firm believers in letting ingredients speak for themselves. Over crowding recipes with numerous ingredients can often times obfuscate complexity, not deepen it. Dobis P.A. is a lesson in just that, simplicity. We single hopped this pale ale with one of our favorite hops, Citra. It’s tropical aromatics of papaya and mango and its pungent flavor layers deliciously with the high quality malt. In fact, 95% of the malt we used was Golden Promise, an heirloom Scottish barley with a clean honey graham cereal character. We hope you enjoy this brew because this is who we are; it’s what we do.”

Glassware: Shaker.

Appearance: Turbid Sandy golden complexion with two fingers of fluffy white head resting atop. Gradual reduction and spotty lace as we go.

Aroma: Light and kinda shy but there’s a wealth of tropical fruit and citrus in here…just have to dig the old schnozz in deep! Sweet and fleshy stonefruit such as paw paw, mango and lychee alongside pineapple, mixed citrus and herbal spice. It’s got that dry, chalky and bready malt profile filling it out nicely. Decent!

Flavour: Again, very light on but quietly dominated by the fusion of tropical fruit and sweet fleshy stonefruits. The dry and bready malt bill cutting through just enough to balance. Turns more citrusy late in the piece and delivers a slightly dry and fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Ultra smooth and fluffy. Lightly sparkling Co2 and mild-medium body. 5.7% ABV gives it that extra edge.

Overall: Ridiculously crushable. The feeling we get from this is it’s super mellow summer neck oil with an ABV that will creep up on you if not careful (so typical of the Yanks!). Solid.

Fieldwork Brewing ‘Chloe’ Belgian Pale Ale


Our first foray into the realm of classic Belgian beers is Chloe, a crisp ester-driven ale with a prickly carbonation and complex flavor profile that is far too drinkable and well worth the wait. The Belgian yeast we chose is a blend of two different classic strains that have a track record of making some of the best beers in the world longer than we have been alive, and luckily for us they work flawlessly together in fermentation matrimony. An all-Belgian malt grain bill lays the foundation for a delicately complex combination of new world hops and yeast-derived flavors.

Glassware: Tulip.

Appearance: Bold amber with a mild haze. It forms a short white head which quickly retreats to the rim. Lovely cascading lace as we imbibe.

Aroma: Far from what we’d usually expect from Fieldwork. It displays a very classic European hop profile i.e florals, fresh cut grass, herbals and mild earthy-ness. Picking up the delicate yeast esters too…slight musky, rosewater and Angostura bitters. As she warms the orange citrus and candied lemon begin to open up. Subtle yet tonnes of character.

Flavour: Spruiking the musky and floral yeast esters here, big time. To the point where it almost comes off as a Saison. Kinda spicy, funky, barnyard and herbals then the pithy citrus arriving late. Somewhat dry and grainy/husky with a grassy and mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and a little dry. Some tartness also creeping in. Light-moderate body, finely carbonated. The 6.2% ABV is nicely placed.

Overall: It’s certainly out of the left field but we tell ya what.. they’ve done a magnificent job balancing everything together while keeping the beer – as a whole – light on and somewhat restrained. Very pleasant though.

Toppling Goliath ‘DDH Light Speed’ American Pale Ale


“Its bitterness flies under the radar as hops create hits of lemon and orange aromas. Double Dry Hop Light Speed is a medium-bodied pale ale that is out of this world. “

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Would be clear golden complexion if not for the fine suspended sediment. It conjures up a massive four finger head which takes ages to recede. Excellent lace as we imbibe.

Aroma: Interesting. Very raw and husky initially but once she settles in we see classic WC IPA qualities kick in; orange, grapefruit, passionfruit, mango, peach, pineapple, grassy hops and cedar. A slight honey malt sweetness provides a nice backdrop. Some florals also in here. Pretty basic stuff but it’s good all the same.

Flavour: A little weak and watery to be brutally honest. Citrus-forward – lemon, grapefruit and orange mainly. Soft tropical fruits and grassy hops tucked in behind. Delicate honey malt sweetness midway moving in to slight cedar/woody notes then in to a grainy, straw-like finish which hangs on.

Mouthfeel: Kinda flat and uninspiring. A little thin. Some dryness with mild-moderate body. 6.2% ABV is pretty well kept.

Overall: Must admit we’re not that impressed and with expectations aside it still wouldn’t cut the mustard. The aroma is great but the flavour and texture really lets it down. Very meh.

Range Brewing ‘This Time Last Year’ DDH Pale Ale


“This Time Last Year is a double dry-hopped pale ale. Dry-hopped with Citra Cryo, Cashmere and Citra T-90. This beer is a beautiful light orange hazy gem that glows brightly in the sunshine. Fermented with a yeast strain with English origins, we get light stone fruit esters shining through. The dry hop intensity of this beer provides juicy passionfruit, pineapple and clean citrus zest. The finish is crisp and dry which makes for high levels of crushability. It takes us back to drinking pale ales from our favourite breweries in Bristol, Falmouth and London.”

Glassware: Shaker.

Appearance: Hazy sandy yellow complexion. It serves up two fingers of light frothy head which slowly reduces. Not a lot of lace to speak of though.

Aroma: One of the first things that strikes us is this certain herbal scent. It’s quickly captured by the potent hop oils and raw myrcene until it smells like a glass of pure hop juice. Gorgeous grapefruit and lemon punching through. Raw onion, subtle catty notes, pine/resin, vines, green mango and white peach as well. Brilliant stuff.

Flavour: Wow this is smooth as silk. Displaying more of a fruit salad quality as opposed to the hop oils and herbs on the nose. Stonefruit, tropical fruits and citrus while the hop oils, pine and catty notes take a back seat. Really dry and crusty malt profile laying down for the dry, piney and resinous finish. Excellent length.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, fluffy and well aerated. Medium body. Very finely carbonated. 5.6% ABV is well concealed.

Overall: Another impressive release from Range. Ultra smooth and silky, full flavored and totally crushable. Solid stuff.

Foghorn Brewery ‘King Street’ Pale Ale


“King Street Pale is our go to session beer of choice. Comfortable in its own skin. Full of flavour, just enough hop and crisp balancing malt. Not too heavy, not too light. Quietly confident. Peak drinkability.”

Glassware: Shaker.

Appearance: Bold amber with full transparency. It builds a massive four finger head which takes ages to reduce. Thick blotchy lace clings as it ebbs.

Aroma: Very basic. Don’t know the hop bill but it has an all Australian feel to it – very mild fruits i.e melon, honeydew and orange blossom, floral notes and grassy herbs with a semi sweet grainy malt structure. We’re picking up a hint of burnt plastic which isn’t too pleasant. Pretty average aroma to be honest.

Flavour: Very earthy, gritty and herbal. Has that very subtle touch of sulphur we sometimes get from mass produced lagers. Some hints of cabbage, grainy malts, honey and florals leading to a mild dry finish with faint earthy hops on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and fairly light on. Mild-moderate body. Co2 is on point. 4.7% ABV is well placed for the style.

Overall: Was not expecting that! It has this really cheap mass produced quality to it which is really unlike Shawn & Co. Yikes that’s an absolute Barry Crocker.

Cloudwater ‘DDH Pale’ Pale Ale


“Our Double Dry Hopped Pale is brewed to soup up your downtime by delivering the hop flavour intensity of our DIPAs at a moderate ABV. Doubling our standard Pale Ale’s 8g/L dry-hopping rate to 16g/L delivers a bold, juicy, hazy, and intensely aromatic beer. Out of our hoppy beer range, this sets the marker for balance between drinkability and flavour impact.”

Glassware: Shaker.

Appearance: Opaque pastel yellow with a thumb of pillowy white head on top. It reduces rather quickly but still manages a tonne of lace as it ebbs.

Aroma: Sweet orange citrus and soft fleshy stonefruit in spades. Slightly softer notes or grapefruit, pine resin, weedy herbals and a very subtle touch of peppery spice. Quite a dry and bready malt profile to it…hinting at doughy white bread and oats. Really pleasant aroma.

Flavour: Follows on from the nose with sweet-ish orange citrus and ripe stonefruit overtones. Definitely a resinous quality getting amongst it but less piney as it was coming across on the nose. Grapefruit, unripened peach and subtle rind developing late before shifting to a somewhat dry, resinous and spicy finish. Excellent length on it.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy and well rounded. Mild-medium body. Only weighs in at 5% ABV so it’s certainly approachable.

Overall: This is our go-to UK brewery for Hazy’s. This one, although not as juicy as some, is still smooth as silk and totally crushable. Another fine offering from Cloudwater.

Mountain Culture ‘Paperwork’ Hazy Pale Ale


“Upfront you’ll get a massive hit of clean citrus…lingering spice makes a brief appearance before the smooth, oath body steals the show. It’s paperwork you’ll enjoy.”

Glassware: Shaker.

Appearance: Hazy golden orange with a tightly packed head on top. It slowly reduced but held on long enough to weave a fine lace down the glass.

Aroma: Absolutely reeks of citrus, sappy pine resin, herbals and peppery spice. The citrus characters really open up and provide a zesty mix of mild pithy rind, tangy orange and tangerine, ruby grapefruit and candied lemon. Loving how the spicy and resinous pine is intertwined through. Gorgeous malt profile on it too – really dry and doughy. Very nice way to kick things off.

Flavour: Again, citrus takes centre stage with an array of different characters – zesty, pithy rind and grapefruit, slightly sweeter orange, tangerine and candied lemon. Herbal spice, pine resin, grassy hops also getting amongst it. The malt hints more at smooth oats and crusty bread as it finishes dry, grassy, herbal and resinous. Good legs on it too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth yet dry and well rounded. Medium body and Co2. 5.4% ABV we like… slightly lifted for the style but adds a bit of grunt.

Overall: The hype is officially real folks. MC can now create a buzz over a plain old Pale Ale! Mark our words these guys are going to the top. Let’s hope they swat away the offers of big bucks and stay indy. Kudos.

Mountain Culture ‘Kittens Mittens’ Session Ale


“Brewed in conjunction with local climber Tom O’Halloran and named after the climb he bolted only a 50-minute walk for the brewery, this session ale is full of tropical, Australian hops and a surprising maltiness for its ABV. It’s as easy drinking as water in the desert.”

Glassware: Shaker

Appearance: Light pale golden complexion with a loosely packed head atop. Steady reduction…settling to a fine film with reasonable lace on the glass.

Aroma: Very delicate hints of citrus and tropical fruits with subtle pine resin and orange rind. The malt bill is super clean, dry and biscuity, sits back just enough to let the hops do the talking. Not a lot else happening really but it ain’t bad for a middy.

Flavour: Good body for its size. It opens with a rush of pine and citrus with some very mild herbals thrown in. Again just a very light and clean malt bill to carry the hop bitterness through to the crisp and well balanced finish. Length is pretty decent as well.

Mouthfeel: Very approachable. Light-moderate body, smooth crisp texture, well rounded. Vibrant Co2. Holds up well for 3.5% ABV.

Overall: Not a lot to say other than it’s clean, uber sessional and has enough to chew on. Not a bad shout if you’re designated driver!

Piha Beer ‘Lost Valley’ NZ Pale Ale


“South of Piha there’s a long black sand beach. Hidden behind the dunes is a beautiful valley of cascading waterfalls, lush rainforest and craggy cliffs. In 2018 the valley was closed to prevent the spread of Kauri Dieback disease that is killing our beautiful trees.  We hope you enjoy this Riwaka single hop NZ Pale Ale, brewed for our friend the Kauri.”

Glassware: Shaker

Appearance: Bright amber with almost full transparency. Two fingers of finely beaded foam. Good retention and good lacing down the glass.

Aroma: We love this luscious green character that seems to be an underlying quality in most Kiwi hops. Kind of reminds us of dense rainforest. Lots of dank herbs, gooseberry, white grapes, mandarin, lime and dried tea leaf in support. The malt bill is pretty clean with a very mild sweetness. Certainly has that funky Kiwi nature.

Flavour: It opens with strong grassy/evergreen notes, green fruits – grapes, gooseberry, kiwifruit, lime – alongside herbal spice and green tea. Pretty much like taking a trip to green town. Picking up more citric bitterness late in the piece as it rolls in to a fairly dry and resinous finish with lengthy bitterness in the tail.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, well rounded, slight bitterness in the swallow. We were a little surprised to see the 5.6% ABV…it’s nicely hidden.

Overall: A decent enough beer but it’s hardly memorable. A little run of the mill if you will. Keen to see their next release.

Mountain Culture Pale Ale


“This full flavoured beer is well-rounded, lemonier than Mr Snicket’s, so piney you could varnish it and crisper than pre-dawn mountain air. Basically, it will go down easier than a diving submarine with the hatch still open.”

Glassware: Shaker.

Appearance: Bold amber with full transparency. It only manages a short head but it still works a reasonable lace down the glass.

Aroma: Love how crisp and clean it is. Bursting with refreshing pine needle, lemon and grapefruit but then perfectly balanced by the tempered malt sweetness. Some evergreen components here too – grassy and herbal hops alongside a delicate hint of tropical and stonefruit. Absolutely bang on.

Flavour: It’s all about the hops. It kicks off with heady notes of pine, yellow grapefruit and lemon with softer additions of orange peel and herbal spice developing mid palate. All the while that subtle yet crucial malt sweetness works in the background. It all rolls in to a dry and bitter finish which lingers.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean and tidy AF! Mild-medium body. Perfect carbonation. Perfect ABV (5%). Faultless.

Overall: Without a doubt the best pale ale we’ve had this year. The amount of flavor and aroma packed in to this is amazing. Especially considering the standard ABV. We’ve been super impressed by everything MC have released so far.. you Mountainer’s don’t know how good you’ve got it!

Mountain Culture ‘Status Quo’ New England Pale Ale

90907083_1337363613114447_814630578790858752_o“Mountain Culture Status QuoStatus Quo is a New England Pale Ale. Made for hop lovers with massive late and dry hop additions, it’s full flavoured and more tropical than the Hawaiian ukulele orchestra.”

Glassware: Shaker.

Appearance: Light pastel orange and hazy AF! It doesn’t produce much head yet it still manages to weave a decent lace down the glass.

Aroma: Dead set juice bomb. We get strong wafts as it sits idle on the table. Almost every sweet tropical fruit you can imagine – pineapple, mango, passion fruit, guava, lychee, peach, melon, papaya…we could go on all day. It’s got that subtle hint of frosty fruit/concentrated juice and peppery herbal spice. They’ve hit the nail on the head here!

Flavour: It opens with a rush of tropical fruit – mango, pineapple, guava, passion fruit etc (see aroma) interwoven with soft peppery spice and herbs i.e aniseed and basil. It hits a well tempered citrusy note through the middle moving in to a dry pithy finish with grassy/herbal spiciness going the distance.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, soft and well rounded but with more than enough body to hold it up. The 5.6% ABV is genius…not too little not too much.

Overall: Probably the best we’ve had from MC so far. The double red IPA was a corker but this is on another level and one of the main things is the balance, everything is in tune. Plus it’s freaking delicious!

Reckless Brewing Pale Ale

90412804_1334827010034774_5999144601758203904_o“We’ve packed this little guy with Citra, Galaxy, and Simcoe hops.”

Glassware: Shaker

Appearance: Pale golden yellow with a thumb of sturdy white foam perched on top. Steady reduction and healthy lace clinging to the glass as it ebbs.

Aroma: Somewhat basic notes of tropical fruit and citrus peeling off initially. Hints of stonefruit combining with subtle pine, light florals and semi sweet malts. Nice and clean and well balanced but lacking a bit of oomph.

Flavour: Follows the nose – nicely tempered notes of citrus, tropical fruits and stonefruit with pine resin, florals and an uber gentle touch of herbal spice in support. Just a flutter of semi sweet malts in the background but enough to carry the hops through to a crisp and slightly dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Mild-moderate body, finely carbonated. Texture is pretty well rounded with a very mild dryness in the swallow. 4.6% ABV. Very approachable.

Overall: Not too shabby for a couple of gypsy brewers! We’d have to admit though there is a bit of hype around this beer (warranted or not) so we were kind of expecting a bit more. It ain’t a bad drop by any means just not that memorable.