Little Creatures Bright Ale 4.5%

Friday, December 18th, 2009

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The Little Creatures Bright Ale is starting to make inroads on tap around Sydney’s bars of late and the addition is most welcome.

In a glass the Little Creatures Bright Ale is a bright clear golden colour with a small loosely pack white head riding atop. On the nose this brew is very tropical with passionfruit and citrus notes dominating although some sweet malt notes can be detected lurking in the background.

On the palate the Bright Ale starts light with a subdued hop bitterness, midway the hops seem to kick in fully with passionfruit and lemon notes accompanied by a metallic type bitterness. The finish is pleasantly sweet and clean with a fruity honey type of after taste and a clinging foamy mouth feel.

Verdict: A crowd pleaser this beer has enough flavour to keep you interested but is so refreshing and clean tasting one never seems enough.

Score: 7.7 / 10

Link: Little Creatures Brewing Pty Ltd

Where to buy: Any bottle shop with a half decent selection of beers around Sydney should stock the Little Creatures Bright Ale.

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Matsos Mango Beer – 4.5% Alcohol

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

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Even without tasting this beer the retro style label tells you it is going to be a winner, after all who isn’t turned on by a chick that has a full fruit basket in her hair?
Pouring the bottle into a glass shows a beer pale gold in colour, on the nose this brew also lives up to its name with tropical mango aromas dominating.

On the palate it starts with a nice pleasant mango sweetness accompanied by a slight hop bitterness, follow by a brief flash of malt then back to mango flavours. Finishing dry with a slightly fruity after taste

Verdict: When drank super cold this numbers tastes closer to mango juice than a beer, warmed up the mango flavours blend well with the malt flavours. Very drinkable in hot weather I could see this being the perfect refreshment for a summer barbecue near the beach.

Score: 8.0 / 10

Link: Matsos Broome Brewery

Where to buy: Online at their site, Red Rum Restaurant & Cafe at North Richmond or Restaurant Atilier at Glebe.

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Londons Best – Gage Roads W.A 4.4% Alcohol

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Gage Roads London's BestI have been keen to try something from Gage Roads for quite awhile. I¬† seem to see signs advertising the brewery itself around quite a bit, but never run across the beer itself. So i was very happy two bottles of the London’s Best English styled bitter arrive in this months micro brew club delivery.

Upon pouring, this brew displayed a brief off white head which quickly disappeared, the beer itself is a deep cooper colour with very little carbonation. The aroma consists mainly of toffee aroma’s with a faint hint of citrus.

Toffee / caramel flavours dominate the taste of this brew with a medium bitterness and buttery character. Aftertaste consists of a slightly sweet flavor accompanied  by a mild caramel flavour.

Verdict: This beer has a nicely balanced malt profile, and definitely seems to grow on you. I tried one bottle was hesitant starting out, but by the end could kill for another. It’s not too heavy so i think this beer wouldn’t wear its welcome out too quick.

Rating: 7.3 / 10

Link: Gage Roads Brewing Company

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