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Sunday
Dec222013

JAMES BOAGS WIZARD SMITH’S ALE

James Boags Wizard Smith's Ale. There’s a bit of a story behind this beer’s name. In 1929 Launceston, Tasmania was affected by a flood. 

James Boag’s brewery was inundated and their draft horses were stranded in the rising floods. A drayman (driver of a horse cart) by name of Wizard Smith (yes, really) came to the rescue.

Wizard waded into the rising floods and led the horses to the safety of dry ground. James Boag III awarded Wizard with a job for life and, quite some time later, a pale ale in his honour. 

Anyway to the beer… it’s an English style pale ale and is only available in Tasmania.

Looks like a commercial, light coloured amber ale with a nasty malt extract aroma. Thin body and lacking carbonation. Starts with a caramel malt extract flavour followed by a very weak earthy hop flavour courtesy of being dry hopped EK Goldings. It tastes like a kit and kilo homebrew that hasn’t fermented properly. Flat diluted malt extract.

Old Wizard Smith would be rolling in his grave. Tassie can keep this one to itself.

 

3/10

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