At the end of each month we are now collecting our beer reviews on one page. They can be found at our Beer Reviews page.
For the month of September 2015, these are our reviews:
4 Pines Brewing Company Fresh in Season: ANZ IPA (6.3%) – Looking bright and gold, this clear IPA shows how hops should be used. Fresh and crisp, the tropical tastes delivered by the hops come through as a smooth flavour with just enough malt underneath. A lovely mellow IPA with a dry finish. As well as a great beer, this is a smart marketing move by 4 Pines as they’ve insisted that the time from the brewery to the tap is short (about a week) meaning they’ve got some great coverage and tap space.
Stone & Wood Brewing Forefathers English Brown Ale (4.8%) – The latest new brew from Stone & Wood was brewed with the help of Phil Sexton, the co-founder of the original Matilda Bay and Little Creatures breweries. Inspired by his time in the UK, it’s a brown ale using traditional English ingredients. It’s not a style that comes across too well cold – it really needs to warm up before you can get the full benefit of the nutty malt and earthy hop flavours. The mouthfeel is full and smooth and leaves a slight bitter aftertaste.
Bridge Road Brewers Celtic Red Ale (5.3%) – Nice deep red colouring. Flavours come alive when it warms up a little, giving a big malt hit with tones of warm oranges. Good compliment of earthy smelling hops adding a crisp bitter aftertaste.
Always time for a tasting paddle on the way home. Four very different beers – Hargreaves Hill Brewing Company Hefeweizen (4.9%), Nail Flaming Lamington Chocolate Stout (5.4%), Mornington Peninsula Brewery Black Lager (4.7%), and Two Birds Brewing Rhubarb Saison (5.7%). The Hefe takes this one followed by the Black Lager.
BrewCult Spoiler Alert Pale Lager (4.5%) – Slightly cloudy straw coloured take on a European Lager. Great clean crisp bitter taste. Moorish and definitely one to keep drinking.
Modus Operandi Brewing Co. Cream of the Hop #1 Aussie Pale Ale (5.6%) – a mellow tasting hopped pale using a new hop variety. There’s a subtle lime flavour with some underlying sweetness as well. Very delicate tastes which makes it an easy drinking beer. Worth trying again.
Pirate Life Brewing Foreign Extra Stout (6.8%) – Dark, thick and creamy texture with wonderful roasted coffee flavour. Delicate chocolate aroma. Best stout I’ve had in a long time.
Gage Roads Brewing Co Limited Release Back Yard Brew Saison (5.8%) – A collaboration with award winning WA home brewer Dale Carroll. Now that summer has arrived, this is the perfect start. A French style saison that has a lovely yeasty bready aroma. The taste is of summery bittersweet tangy lemons with an overtone of spiciness. A light smooth mouthfeel makes this a very drinkable beer.
Green Beacon Brewing Cross Knot Kolsch (4.4%) – Almost colourless, this fine Kolsch is a very clean, crisp and drinkable beer. The slight grassy aroma leads to a mellow bitter taste with a semi-dry finish. Impossible to have only one of these. Available in great looking cans as well.
Brewboys Ace Of Spades Stout (5.9%) – A good version of a traditional stout. Roasted coffee flavours combine with subtle chocolate to create a smooth yet complex stout. A well balanced combination that’s almost easy drinking (almost) with more than enough going on to sip and savour. Best enjoyed at cellar temperature.
Black Hops Brewing/Four Hearts Brewing Company I Heart Lager (5.7%) – Your eyes say that this glossy black colour is going to lead to a thick creamy roasty coffee stout, but the first taste confuses the mind. It’s light, crisp, really refreshing and hoppy. There is a slight taste of roasted bitterness but it’s supports the fruity hops rather than the other way round. What a great beer.
Holgate Brewhouse Norton Lager (4.3%) – To celebrate that great British motorcycle marque, Holgate have produced a German Helles lager? Whatever the irony, this is a great clear, clean and crisp Aussie influenced lager that has a slight bitterness with a dry finish. Easy drinking for the coming Summer days.
Your Mates Brewing Co. IPA and Session Ale at the informal launch event. Nice strong bitter IPA with a clean finish that’s very moreish. The Session Ale has a delicate ripe apricot aroma and taste that’s refreshing. Formal launch events taking place all over the Sunshine Coast on the weekend starting 2 October.
Coopers Thomas Coopers Selection Artisan Reserve (5.5%) – slightly cloudy, due to it being an unpasteurised version of a Pilsner, with a small foamy head that didn’t stay around long. Nice aroma of lemons with a bit of an initial tart taste. Also some sweetness and hop flavours coming through. Still not sure about this one.
Gage Roads Brewing Co Limited Release Back Yard Brew Saison (5.8%) – Perfect beer for a back yard brew session with some mates. Really enjoying this saison in the first days of summer. Fresh, crisp and very drinkable.
Some of the weird, strange, and varied beers from Moon Dog Craft Brewery at the brewery in Melbourne. From left to right: • Ogden Nash’s Pash Rash Redskin Stout (8.8%) – Dark and sweet candy aroma and taste with a strong boozy aftertaste. • Bad Boy Bubbly (13.1%) – A great brut champagne smell and appearance with a strong ethanol taste. Is it really a beer or just overpowering strong alcohol? • Single Keg Cold Toddy (7.4%) – Huge clove aromas that tastes JUST like a hot toddy! Gets better as it warms up but I think I’d prefer a real hot toddy. • California Uber Oakies (7.6%) – Sharp bourbon aroma that follows through to the taste. Vey boozy as well.Certainly a wide range of flavours and types of beer!
True South Brewery in Melbourne tasting paddle Pilsner (4.5%), Red Truck Lager (4.8%), Pale Ale (4.8%), Wee Jimmy Scotch Ale (6.0%), and Clocktower IPA (5.6%).
Pirate Life Brewing Throwback IPA (3.5%) – The golden colour gives off strong tropical and pine aromas, with a hint of grapefruit. A light, refreshing and delicate mouthfeel has this session IPA packing enough flavour that it is still enjoyable after a few. The ring around the top of the can explains the brewing procedure, with the malt and hop varieties.
Vale Brewing IPA (5.5%) – Described as an interpretation of an American IPA, it is a copper coloured burst of hop aroma. Lots of citrus, mainly spiced orange with hints of pine coming through. The mouthfeel is creamy with some strong toffee malt flavours balancing the lower bitterness than the aroma would suggest. Very drinkable.
Little Creatures Brewing Dog Days Summer Beer (4.4%) – it’s a little early for the Dog Days, but Summer is here and so are the summer release beers. Coming out of the Freemantle brewery, this latest LC release is an easy drinking beer. It’s bright, crisp and refreshing. Good hop aroma with matching firm bitter taste. Some wheat flavours round out on the aftertaste. It’ll be very easy to get through a few of these.