Jindabyne Brewing ‘Porcupine Rocks’ XPA


“Sometimes you need to take an easy adventure. Jindabyne’s XPA is a little lower in ABV without compromising great flavour from Aussie-grown malted barley and hops. And like any mountain adventure you never know what you may encounter out there!”

Glassware: Shaker.

Appearance: Bright golden pour with full transparency. It forms a short off-white head which slowly deconstructs. Reasonable lacing on the glass as we hook in.

Aroma: Smells fresh as a daisy. The vibrant hop notes impart fruits like melon, guava and lemon. Also getting sweet boiled candy and florals from it too. A very faint touch of pine and spice buried down deep. Super clean malt bill…uber subtle bread crusts and crackers. Very basic.

Flavour: Wow it’s insanely crisp and clean for an XPA. The balance is impeccable. You know when you have those certain beers where you sip it and think, this just tastes like beer. In its purest form. That’s what we get from this…it tastes like beerĀ šŸ¤£. Mostly floral and spicy hop notes, some earthiness getting amongst it. Grainy, bready malt finishing clean as a whistle.

Mouthfeel: Light on, crisp and effortless. Slightly lifted Co2, mild-moderate body and the 4% ABV is lower than usual but fits into the beer’s general persona really well.

Overall: Really finely executed. Spewing they didn’t have this on tap at the brewery when one of us was down at the snow a month back. It’s the perfect post-hard yakka beer. Solid.