Archive for September, 2009

Kooinda Pale Ale – 4.7% Alcohol

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

kooindaPours with a minimal head, slightly cloudy in appearance, lightly carbonated and bright straw in colour. The aroma is full of caramel and fruit notes, mango and lemon predominating.

Fresh apple flavours dominate the front of the pallet, working to an apex of fresh floral hops, citrus, toffee and caramel flavours as the brew moves further over the palate. A slight pepper spiciness also seemed to linger for a little while after every sip.

Verdict: Pleasant enough for something different, bit intense though to enjoy more than 1 or 2 during a sitting.

Aroma: 8/10
Appearance: 5/10
Taste:7.9/10
Overall:7.6/10

Link: http://www.kooindaboutiquebrewery.com.au/

Where to buy: This is another Victorian micro brew that at present come as far north as the border, so the only option for us New South Welshmen is to buy a case from the breweries website.

Three Troupers – 4.5% Alcohol (Vic)

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

three_troupersSpring is just around the corner and already the weather is starting to warm up, leading most of use to cut down on the on the Dark Winter stouts in search of something lighter that can quench a thirst with minimal fuss. Three Troupers seems to fit this description well with their pale ale fairly light and easy to drink you can see yourself wasting time, sitting in the backyard and enjoying a few of these.
Appearance wise is pours a bright golden colour with a creamy head around two fingers in height which slowly dies back over the space of five minutes to leave a fine lace covering. The aroma is not overly assertive and consists of slightly sweet smelling honey and citrus (lemon is mostly what i got) tones.
On the palate this brew has a pleasant fresh hop bitter with caramel notes and lemon flavours that make their presence known close to the the back of the palate.

On the palate this brew is slightly bitter with caramel notes and lemon flavors that present themselves near the back of the palate.

Verdict: An easy drinking pale ale, on a hot summers afternoon I could picture myself easily demolishing a 6 pack of these.

Appearance: 8.5 / 10
Aroma: 6.5 / 10
Taste: 8.1 / 10
Overall: 7.9 / 10

Where to buy: This brewery is still very young and haven’t expanded as far as Sydney, so your only options at the moment are to try it when in Melbourne or buy it on-line at their website.

Link: http://www.threetroupers.com.au/