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4 Pines have somewhat missed the bandwagon on the India Pale Lager (IPL) style. Several other Australian breweries released an IPL when it was a relatively new idea, notably Brewcult’s Beer Geek Rage Quit which was released in 2014. It’s a style which brings together the strong hop flavours of an IPA with the crisp and refreshing characteristics of a lager.

Part of the Keller Door Series, this IPL was brewed with Ale, Pale Wheat, Carapils, and Munich malt. On the hop front are Azacca, Waimea and Centennial. It’s 6.3% ABV and 69 IBU.

Golden yellow, crystal clear with a creamy white head. Mild grapefruit aroma. Clean mouthfeel medium body and relatively low carbonation. Citrus, grapefruit and moderately strong citrus peel with a soft malt backbone and a moderately bitter finish. It’s missing the crisp and refreshing lager characteristics you’d expect in an IPL. More of a middle of the road IPA. Not bad, not great.





Yellingbo Brewing Company, located on the outskirts of Melbourne, have bragging rights of owning their very own hop farm.

The brewery is owned by Brad and Gypsy Merritt, who are behind craft beer venue Oscar's Alehouse in Belgrave, Victoria. For their debut brew they teamed up with highly regarded Victorian brewery, Kooinda, to brew a harvest ale showcasing their home grown hops.

To show off they decided to use 33kg of wet hops, ie fresh off the bine (yep not a typo) without being dried or processed. To show off even more they used a stack of Victoria hops, not to be confused with Vic Secret, a scarcely used variety which has a similar origin and character to Galaxy. They also threw in some Cascade and Chinook for good measure. It’s 5.3% ABV and 51 IBU.

Hazy orange with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Medium body with moderation to low carbonation. Fresh cut grass and rockmelon aroma. Sweet, overripe rockmelon and a fresh cut grass hop flavour. It has a sweet caramel boozy flavour despite the moderate ABV. In terms of flavour and style it reminds me of previous Bridge Road The Harvest series. I find the malt characters a bit too sweet for me and would prefer some more IBU’s.

If you’re after an enamel stripping, resinous hop bomb you will be disappointed. This is harvest ale designed to highlight more delicate hop flavours. It’s a beer fruit salad with a dash of fresh cut grass.





Half Moon Bay Mavericks Amber Ale. This is the signature beer from the little brewery across from the big-wave beach south of San Francisco. So you'd hope it would be magic.

It's not bad, but it's not magic.

With an IBU of 20 and an ABV of 4.8%, it's obviously a beer for long sessions in the sunshine while you're eating languidly in the outdoor sunshine at the brewery. Like we did.

For that, it's indeed pretty good, and considerably better than the saison from yesterday.

It pours a beautiful brown colour, and though the head is small, it's retained all the way to the bottom. Disturbingly, though, we could only get it in a plastic cup. Am I at a brewery or a football game?

There is the smell of nuts and toffee and it's more of the same when you taste it.

It could use a touch more bitterness to finish off each mouthful with a bit of cleanliness, but it's not bad.

It's creamy, with tastes of everything from burnt sugar to hazelnuts to a touch of pine and citrus, but it's mostly roasted caramel that eases off late on the tongue as the citrus comes through.

There's something slightly unremarkable and unfulfillng about it, though. Maybe it could use a silkier mouthfeel or a more dominant flavour profile, but it's a decent enough location beer. And that's about it.

And they lose a point for plastic cups.





Little Creatures Furphy Refreshing Ale. Little Creatures expanded their operations in late 2013 by opening a second brewing in Geelong, Victoria.

They decided to create a brew especially for the people of Geelong and they did just that, launching ‘Furphy Refreshing Ale’ at the Geelong brewery in July 2014. They went a little further and announced it would be initially available exclusively on-tap in Geelong.

The name of the beer comes from the stainless steel tanks and fermenters at the brewery supplied by Furphy Engineering. The Furphy family of Shepparton, Victoria have produced water tanks for over century. During WWI, J. Furphy & Sons delivered water tanks on horse and cart to the Australian army. Solders would often meet at the tanks and exchange banter. This of course led to embellished or improbable stories being told which would later be referred to as a ‘furphy’.

The beer is roughly based on the Kölsch style using 100% Victorian ingredients. It’s a highly sessionable 4.4% ABV.

Golden orange, opaque with a fine white head. Mild malt aroma. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Soft sweet malt flavour, clean mouthfeel with a rounded bitterness. It's refreshing and easy to drink but a little boring in the flavour department.

Ironically, I tried this on tap at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Lorne, Victoria., a good 65km from Geelong.






Boxer Premium. Close (or, let's face it, even cursory) followers of Beeriosity know the golden rule about the word "premium". It's just always bad news on a beer bottle. Even worse on a can. Even worse than that when it's used in a television commercial.

It just is. Go on, show us where we've been wrong.

We're not wrong here, either, but it's still a drinkable thing in a pinch, and if you're sitting in a bar in Geneva and you want to drink the local, well, you're options are fairly limited.

The Boxer Premium is brewed about 72 speed cameras away in Lausanne and it's not to be confused with the Godawful thing of the same name out of the USA.

First off, it gets points from us for the flip-top head. Love a flip-top head, especially in a throwdown 330ml bottle.

As you see, the Swiss like to pour it into a chalice, which makes you wonder at its Pale Lager origins. At 5.2% ABV, it's a bit stronger than your average pale lager, too.

It tips out into a bowl of pale yellow and the head is generous, bordering on be-bloody-careful-with-that-on-the-carpet.

It doesn't stay there for long, though, and that's probably because it's not a terribly complex beer. All you'll smell are malts (and lots of malts) and hops (far fewer than malts).

It's going to taste that way, too, with the caramel malts dominating the palate and then a sharp hit of metallic what-the-hell-was-that and then the hops arrive to finish it with some bitterness.

The trouble is, the deeper you go into the glass, the less you taste the hops and the more you taste the malts. It's like the hops just give up as it gets warmer.

It's not a bad beer, especially by Premium standards, but it tastes more like a so-so version of a German pilsner than it does a ripper lager, so it's a little bit in no man's land.








Biere du Moulon Amacord. In spite of the name, this isn't French at all. Normally, that's a good thing with a beer. But it's not that it's made by a different traditional beer stronghold because this is Italian.

It's not just Italian, though, because it's from Apecchio, a tiny mountain hamlet about halfway between Firenze and Ancona and way, way, way more famous for drinking wine and grappa and vin santo than beer.

This is their Amber Ale, complete with a fliptop head, and it pours with an enthusiastic head that lasts all glass long, complete with lacing.

Its aroma is rich, reflecting accurately a flavour profile of toasted malts, spiced fruit, licorice. On the downside is some sourness and astringency.

It's not a bad effort and it's better than I expected it to be, but I'm not in a rush to try another one6/10.






Weihenstephaner Festbier. The festbier is a seasonal speciality brew also known as Oktoberfestbier or Märzen.

For the purists the term ‘Oktoberfestbier’ only applies to beer brewed within Munich city limits, so this, brewed at Freising near the airport, doesn't count. Whatever you want to call it, it’s a seasonal lager. A sessionable 5.8% ABV and a mild 26 IBU.

Pale yellow colour with a head that dissipates quickly. Mild and sweet pilsner malt aroma. Medium to light body with low carbonation, possibly as a result of handling. Gentle pilsner malt flavour with a soft, grassy euro lager taste.It tastes like a slightly refined beer chicken.

Perhaps it tastes better fresh from the source, sitting under a tree in a Munich beer garden.





Weihenstephaner Korbinian. I’m a big fan of Wayne and Stephanie so when I saw a beer of theirs I’d never seen before I didn’t hesitate grabbing it from the shelf.

The label features some kind of medieval religious figure which made me think it was going to be some kind of strong ale. Apparently it’s a dark Doppelbock, which is a mild 32 IBU and 7.4% ABV.

A murky, light brown colour with a head which dissipates quickly. The body and is a lot thinner than expected. Sweet, boozy chocolate aroma. It has that smooth mouthfeel you often get with high ABV beers. Initially there is a sweet booze flavour leading into a milk chocolate flavour. It's too sweet for my palate.

Not sure I’m a fan of Doppelbocks. They are too much booze and not enough IBUs.





Lion Stout. My first beer from Sri Lanka. You’d think a stout would not be the first beverage of choice for a country with such a warm climate. However, on the bottle it explains stout is a great match for the strong chilli flavours of Sri Lankian cuisine.

Brewed with British, Czech and Danish malts, Styrian hops and an English yeast strain it’s a relatively potent 8.8% ABV.

Very dark brown with a light brown head. Nice dark chocolate aroma. The Mouthfeel is a little thinner than expected for a stout. Medium body and low carbonation. Dark chocolate flavour with moderately sweet boozy aftertaste. It doesn’t taste overly boozy but it has that sweetness high ABV beers often have. 

Not the hairs on your chest style stout I was expecting but not too shabby either. I may have to revisit it again in the future as it gets a good wrap in many other beer reviews. It could have been a dud bottle.





Bridge Road Chevalier Saison. Part of Bridge Road’s fancy “Chevalier” range is this Belgian style saison which is a typical 6% ABV. A while back few people in Australia had heard of a saison but now they are popping up all over the place.

It’s getting to the point now it’s hard to find an Aussie brewery they doesn’t brew one. Apparently they throw fruit into this one and on occasion quince. I bet the Germans would have something to say about that.

Light yellow colour, fine head with slight banana aroma. Light to medium body. Moderate to low carbonation. Banana, clove and bubblegum flavours with an acidic and slightly dry finish.  The carbonation appears a bit low for the style and seems to be lacking something.

It’s ok but I wouldn’t go out of my way to drink it again.