Hazards Ale – 5.2% Alcohol

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

hazards_aleWhen i received this bottle i wasn’t sure exactly what to expect, the bottle’s label is fairly plain and unassuming. Also this was the first i had ever heard of Wineglass Bay Brewing. I find it strange that for a state so well known in beer circles for barley, hops, Cascade and Boags we don’t see more happening on the Craft Beer scene down south. Nevertheless i put my bottle of Hazards Ale in the fridge and waited not knowing what to expect….

Emptying the bottle into a glass the beer was a nice straw colour with a head around 3cm in size, this slowly died over the space of a few minutes to leave a nice lace covering. Aroma wise i struggled to get much at all, bar the faint smell of citrus fruit and the odd hint of freshly cut strawberries.

On the palate this beer was extremely clean, combining a gentle hop bitterness with some wheat tones, hints of toffee flavoured sweetness accompanied by notes of citrus fruits and a touch of spice.

Score: 7.9 / 10

Verdict: This ale is super clean, on a hot summers day this type of easy drinking session beer would be hard to beat.

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

Where to buy: Online at their website.

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McLaren Vale Ale, 4.5% Alcohol – South Australia

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Ever since i got this beer, i have been busting to taste it, unfortunately though it had to wait a couple of weeks. Still as they say good things come to those who wait and this beer didn’t disappoint.
Once in a glass this brew presented itself as lightly carbonated, bright gold in colour, with a loosely packed head which quickly died down to a scant covering over the liquid.
The aroma exhibits citrus notes and really gives away the presence of cascade hops. The taste of this beer is extra clean, slightly sweet with citrus, floral notes and an almost non-existent aftertaste.

Verdict: This beer was made for a hot summers day, ultra smooth you could drink these all day with out growing tired of the taste.

Rating: 7.2 / 10

Link: Vale Ale

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Beechworth Australian Ale – Vic 4.4% Alcohol

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

I have brewed many a wheat beer and a couple of meads in the past using Beechworth Honey, but up until now was ignorant of the town having a microbrewery. I was privileged enough to get my hands on a bottle of their Australian Ale to try the other day. Brewed in the spirit of ales consumed commonly in Australian barsĀ  pre 1940, it is quite a novel beer, which is something we don’t seem to see nearly enough off.

Pale, cloudy and straw in colour with a medium tightly packed head which quickly subsides after pouring. The aroma is discreet with soft floral / citrus notes, the taste of this beer is pretty good with a nice balance of bitterness and malt with notes of honey and pepper.

Verdict: If you like coopers try this you’ll no doubt love it! Personally its enjoyable but nothing i would go too far out of my way to get, it’s the sort of beer that a six pack would go nicely with watching Friday night footy at home on the telly.

Score: 6.6 / 10

Link: Bridge Road Brewery

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