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Tuesday
Mar182014

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS DOA IPA 

Cerveceria Mexicana Dia De Los Muertos DOA IPA, to use it's extraordinarily long name. I found this beer amongst the usual suspects at a “Liquor Emporium” in Alexandria, Sydney.

I saw it was an IPA and took a closer look at the label and was surprised to learn it’s from Mexico. Let’s face it, when you think Mexico, you don’t automatically think of beers with a lot of flavour. (I’m looking at you Corona and Dos Equis.)

‘Hop On or Die’ it says on the label. There is no other info other than it’s 5.9% ABV and part of the ‘Dia De Los Muertos’ (Day Of The Dead) series.

Cerveceria Mexicana is the third largest brewery in Mexico. At time of writing they are expanding their brewery to increase their capacity by 35%. This is expected to accommodate for the growing demand for their beers through out the world, particularly the US.

It looks better than you’re average commercial beer - Honey colour, moderate carbonation with a fine head. Slight grainy malt and nasty permanent marker aroma. Medium to light mouthfeel. Generic malt flavour, hint of sweetness followed by chemical, permanent marker-like flavour. As you drink it you can almost feel a hangover starting.

Death would be preferable to hopping on this bandwagon.

 

2/10

Wednesday
Mar052014

MILDURA BREWERY ASTOR ALE

Mildura Brewery Astor Ale. This beer takes its name from the former Astor Theatre, which houses the brewery. Opened in 1925, it was known as the Paramount Picture Theatre. After redevelopment in 1937, it reopened in all its Art Deco glory as the Astor Theatre.

The introduction of television in Mildura in 1965 saw a sharp decline in patronage with the doors closing in 1967. It was subsequently sold to the Grand Hotel and the Mildura Brewery opened onsite in December 2004.

This beer combines old world British Maris Otter and crystal malts with new world Galaxy and Cascade hops. Galaxy forms the majority of the hop additions and it’s a sessionable 4.5% ABV. Originally brewed for a spare tap at the brewery bar its popularity spurred it to become a permanent release.

Commercial looking, transparent with high carbonation, thin head and a chalky aroma. Thin mouthfeel. It tastes like a stale Becks that has lost all it’s hop flavour. Even the sink wasn't a fan.

Give it the flick.

 

2/10

Thursday
Feb272014

BAIRD BEER RISING SUN PALE ALE

Baird Beer Rising Sun Pale Ale. Apparently this “holds tenaciously to Japan’s prime aesthetic value-balance”. I don’t know what it means either.

It pours a dirty rather than cloudy golden opaque that is not very inviting and has the grassy hop aroma of a lager. The mouthfeel is so thin that I wonder what malt, if any, was used and I could not detect any hops.

This finished extremely dry and bought back memories of a 1960s dust storm on my uncle’s Darling Downs farm. Overall very disappointing.

 

3/10

Thursday
Feb062014

CRICKETERS ARMS INDIA PALE ALE

Cricketers Arms India Pale Ale. Don’t let the name fool you. This isn’t a craft beer brewed on the premises of an historic pub.

Early in 2013 the Cricketers Arms brand was bought by Independent Distillers, a subsidiary of Japanese beverage giant Asahi.

It pours like a commercial beer and looks like VB. Crystal clear with a head that dissipates quickly. Nasty chalky aroma. Medium to thin body with moderate carbonation. It has the same mouthfeel as VB.

Thin with a nasty chalky malt flavour and a sulphur aftertaste.

This barely resembles a beer let alone an IPA.

 

2/10

 

Tuesday
Dec102013

TUI EAST INDIA PALE ALE

Tui East India Pale Ale. According to their website “Tui was first brewed on the banks of the Mangatainoka River in 1889 by entrepreneur Henry Wagstaff who had a passion for great beer”. It was only available in bars around Wairarapa and Hawkes Bay until it was nationally distributed in 1998.

Perhaps bigger than the beer itself is Tui’s 'Yeah Right' ad campaign which is rather amusing (look it up).

Unfortunately, like many other mainstream Kiwi beers Tui is a pathetic 4% ABV. Amber colour, pours thin with an artificial looking head and a malt extract aroma. Thin mouthfeel, watery with a stale malt extract flavour.

Tui is a great beer. Yeah Right.

 

2/10

Friday
Dec062013

WHISTLER BREWING PALE ALE

Whistler Brewing Pale Ale. Canadian beer, eh? I’ve yet to taste a good one. I’ve avoided this beer for sometime but I decided it was time to take the plunge.

According to their website “Authentic. Hand Crafted. Artisan Beers. That’s the Whistler Beer experience. More Flavour. More Character.” For some reason on their website there is no mention of this fine beverage.

The verdict? Thin, with a nasty malt extract taste.

Could possibly be used to put a fire out.

 

2/10

Tuesday
Nov052013

ENDEAVOUR GROWERS BRIGHT ALE 2013

Endeavour Growers Bright Ale 2013. Apparently Endeavour beers are 100% vegan friendly.

Piss-coloured with high carbonation and a commercial looking head like Carlton Draught. Tastes like a sweet tasting VB.

The tofu of beers.

 

2/10

Wednesday
Oct092013

HOPDOG BLACK SUNSHINE

HopDog Black Sunshine. When I saw this beer the first thing that came to mind was ‘Black Sunshine’ by White Zombie. The spoken word intro by Iggy Pop ringing in my ears…“Gripping the wheel, his knuckles went white with desire! The wheels of his Mustang exploding on the highway like a slug from a .45. True death: 400 horsepower of maximum performance piercing the night... This is Black Sunshine."

Unfortunately this beer is not as cool as the Mustang or the song. It’s an oatmeal stout which is now part of their regular range. At 5% ABV and 30 IBU it’s pretty light on for a stout.

Jet black with a light foamy head, highly carbonated with a chocolate aroma. In terms of mouthfeel and body it’s far too thin for a stout. There is a chocolate malt flavour with an overriding acidic off fruit flavour. It has the same taint as the Hopdog Children of Darkness. Luckily I had a Coopers Extra Stout in the fridge to act as an antidote.

 

2/10

Thursday
Aug292013

ROBINSONS OLD TOM CHOCOLATE 

Robinsons Old Tom with Chocolate. Apparently Old Tom is a well known strong ale. They decided to add a twist to it by collaborating with chocolatier Simon Dunn who decided to mess with it by adding cocoa.

I’ve tried beers with chocolate added before and some have been great. Surely when a professional chocolatier is involved it will be something special?

Dark amber, transparent, pours thin with a pretty pathetic head. Sweet artificial chocolate aroma.

Thin mouthfeel, sweet instant chocolate powder flavour that clashes with a sharp ethanol flavour. This is rubbish.

 

2/10

Sunday
Aug252013

WORTHINGTON’S WHITE SHIELD

Worthington's White Shield. “Closer to cask for a fuller flavour” it says on the neck of the bottle, along with a Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) stamp of approval on it.

On the front of the bottle it claims to be “Our finest India Pale Ale for true IPA connoisseurs”. At the end of all the marketing nonsense it says it’s brewed by the Molson Coors Brewing Company, the world's seventh largest brewer by volume.

Amber colour with a head that quickly dies after pouring. Sweet malt flavour that smells like a can of malt extract. Thin mouthfeel and low carbonation.

The taste? A harsh vegemite-like malt flavour with an alcohol bite. It tastes like a first attempt at a kit and kilo homebrew. Once again, another rubbish English beer.

No wonder they're being belted in The Bashes.

 

2/10