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Tuesday
Jun162015

AKASHA BREWING CO FRESHWATER PALE ALE

Akasha Brewing Freshwater Pale Ale. In late 2014 rumours were brewing (see what I did there?) that Dave Padden, co-founder and head brewer of Riverside Brewing in Parramatta, was leaving the company.

By Christmas this became a reality when he sold his stake in the business. The split arose with his business partner, Stephen Pan, due to a fundamental difference in the vision and culture of Riverside. He indicated he was taking a break and would return to the industry with a new venture.

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes of its predecessor, Akasha Brewing Co, reared its head in early 2015.

‘Akasha’ refers to the unknown ‘fifth element’ which unites with the other four elements of earth, water, air and fire to produce an entity greater than the sum of its parts.

Padden teamed up with his brother-in-law, Wesley “Twoguns” White, announcing the company would be based in Western Sydney with an initial focus on brewing hop-forward ales. Continuing with the elements theme, the brewery’s core range will each represent one of the elements. The debut release Freshwater Pale Ale will represent the ‘water’ element, Hopsmith IPA will represents ‘earth’ and two other core beers will represent the remaining two elements, air and fire.

So back to the beer. Freshwater is an American style pale ale hopped with Cascade. It’s a sessionable 5.2% ABV and 35 IBU.

Golden yellow colour, white creamy head rich with hop oil bubbles. Nice citrus and pine aroma. Medium body moderate to low carbonation. Clean, smooth and moderately resinous mouthfeel. Juicy citrus and pine hop flavour, slightly earthy grain flavour with a piney bitterness lingering. The clean hop flavour and bitterness has you coming back for more.

It’s a bit like a repressed IPA trying to break free. No doubt the full hop fury will be released in future brews.

A solid debut brew and another welcome addition to the Sydney craft beer community.

 

8/10

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