Balter – XPA

Brewery: Balter in Currumbin, QLD  Style: XPA  ABV: 5%  RateBeer: 83/100  Pour: Deep yellow with a thin white head  This XPA has beautiful tropical notes, a warmer and thicker body and mouthfeel and is perfect example of a good XPA. So good, it was rated Australia’s best beer in 2018 in the GABS Hottest 100 beer poll. This goes well with the one day cricket on and box of BBQ Shapes … Continue reading Balter – XPA

Karl Strauss – Tower 10

Brewery: Karl Strauss in San Diego, California  Style: IPA  ABV: 7%  RateBeer: 77/100  Pour: Pale orange colour with a thin white head.   I still remember the first time I had this beer. I went to a party of friends of my girlfriend. We had been dating a few months. We stopped to get drinks on the way and I grabbed a six pack of this think it was the Pintail … Continue reading Karl Strauss – Tower 10

Hawkesbury Brewing – Pacific Ale

Brewery: Hawkesbury Brewing in Brooklyn, NSW  Style: Pacific Ale  ABV: 4.2%  IBUs: 18  RateBeer: No rating yet  Pour: Slight mandarin tinged yellow colour. Small hard on pour.   Crisp, clean ale with a slight fruit hop bitterness. I still say Stone & Wood own the pacific ale style and this is closer to a hoppy summer ale. Good beer to have after a busy Saturday morning running around taking the kids to … Continue reading Hawkesbury Brewing – Pacific Ale

Colonial Brewing – I.P.A

Brewery: Colonial Brewing in Melbourne, VIC  Style: IPA  ABV: 6.5%  RateBeer:  65/100  Pour: Orange sunset in colour with a white foamy head that decreases.   This is all the things an IPA should be. Little bitter, hint of zest and pine. Easy enough to drink and lingers on the palate well after it’s travelled down the throat. Well crafted and very enjoyable. This is a beer to enjoy at a Christmas party … Continue reading Colonial Brewing – I.P.A

Sierra Nevada – Otra Vez

Brewery: Sierra Nevada in Chico, California  Style: Gose with lime and agave  ABV: 4.9%  IBUs: 6  RateBeer: 57/100  Pour: Straw light yellow in colour with a thin white head  The 2018 version of Otra Vez is a vast improvement on the original version. The addition of lime and agave give this beer a lovely fruitiness and takes away any of the tart sourness, making this an easy drinking beer. Corona drinkers would actually enjoy … Continue reading Sierra Nevada – Otra Vez

Innis & Gunn – The Original Barrel Aged Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale

Brewery: Innis & Gunn in Perthshire, Scotland  Style:  Scotch Ale  ABV: 6.6%  RateBeer: Not listed on Rate Beer  Pour: Carmel toffee in colour with no real head on pour.  A little thin on first taste. No real bourbon or scotch ale flavours as I would expect. There’s a good chance my taste buds are fucked after the hot chilli sauce I had with dinner that will tear me a new … Continue reading Innis & Gunn – The Original Barrel Aged Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale

Coopers – Vintage Ale 2018

Brewery: Coopers Brewery in Adelaide, SA  Style: Vintage Ale/English Strong Ale  ABV: 7%  RateBeer: 77/100  Pour: Murky brown colour with a small head   Quite sharp with flavour. Very malty and peppery in finish. Would be interesting to see how this beer settles flavour wise if left cellared for a few years. I’d suspect it will be smoother and more rich. But I’m not one to let a beer sit that long … Continue reading Coopers – Vintage Ale 2018

Deep Creek Brewing Co – Kombi

Brewery: Deep Creek Brewing in Auckland, New Zealand  Style: American Pale Ale  ABV: 4.7%  RateBeer: 59/100  Pour: Light golden colour with a big frothy head that fades out quickly  Sweet fruity flavours come through this crisp pale ale. Easy to knock back a few these. Perfect for a after a day of traveling sitting by a beach or river, as the sun set and few of these….brilliant.   Continue reading Deep Creek Brewing Co – Kombi