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Entries in BC4 (45)

Thursday
Jul252013

YEASTIE BOYS NEVARRAVEN IMPERIAL BIPA

Yeastie Boys/Liberty Brewing nevaRRaven Imperial Black IPA. Note, not a Black Double IPA, an Imperial Black IPA.

Who cares, I love it. It looks great and the roast chocolate aroma has a strange sweet hint to it that keeps you breathing deeply before each sip.

The taste has some bitterness, but it must be packed with malt as you don’t notice the 90 odd IBU. Although the bitterness eventually comes through on the finish it leaves with a smooth satisfying contentment.

I am sure that HopDog Children of Darkness India Black Ale is full of Galaxy Hops, and although there are none here it tastes very similar. Both very rewarding.

 

9/10

Sunday
Jul212013

EDGE BREWING RAKAU NZ WHEAT

Edge Brewing Rakau NZ Wheat. The bottle describes this beer as having a white head, as fluffy as NZ's favourite animal. 

My beer must have been fly-blown, as it was flat, tasteless and uninspiring.

Maybe I just had a dud one, as what I had wasn't of commercial quality.  So it's your choice - try it on the basis that maybe the next one will be better, or simply avoid it.

I wont be trying it again...

 

2/10

Wednesday
Jun122013

ST PETER'S HONEY PORTER

St Peter's Honey Porter. I suspect you go straight to hell if you say a bad word about a beer called St Peter's.... in which case, grab me a chair in hell because I am going to tell you what I really think.

I like honey on toast, I do, I like honey with some cereal, and hey I even like watching honey be poured on someone's head when they've fallen asleep drunk on a boy's night out when its still 9pm and the night is still young.

But honey in a porter makes it taste like a cold and flu medicine.  And if I want 500ml of cold and flu medicine, then I'll drink something a damn sight stronger than a honey porter.

Struggled to finish it, and that's never a good sign.

 

3/10

Thursday
May022013

MORNINGTON BREWERY WITBIER

Mornington Brewery Witbier. I am going to give Mornington Brewery the benefit of the doubt on this one and suggest I had a dodgy bottle, as Mornington usually produce a good brew.

This Witbier is supposed to produce a densely packed white head but it was flat, tasteless and generally awful.  There was no zesty citrus flavours on the palate in this beer...

Maybe other bottles will be better, this one was ordinary.

 

3/10

Saturday
Feb092013

SIERRA NEVADA PALE ALE

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale by "Prospect" Martin Beves. This is the iconic beer that kick started the US craft beer industry way back in 1980.

Today it’s still the second best-selling craft beer in the US (thanks wiki). The beer which created the obsession and style of American Pale Ales remains the benchmark to which others are compared.

Had it not been for Sierra Nevada we’d probably all still be drinking mega-swill. There is a reason why – it’s damn tasty. 

It is proof a simple beer can deliver - pale and caramel malts, Magnum and Perle hops for bittering and a generous amount of whole cone Cascade hops for flavour and aroma.

There is a small amount of caramel sweetness upfront, backed up with some floral, citrusy and light pine flavours. It’s refreshing yet flavoursome.

A great example of a well balanced beer. Hop heads and beer nerds won’t be blown away by this beer, but they won’t be disappointed. It’s a great beer to ween your mates from mega-swill to tasty craft beer. 

 

9/10

Saturday
Feb022013

RIVERSIDE BREWING 77 IPA

Riverside Brewing 77 IPA. Another warm day in Sydney, I swing by Harts Pub at The Rocks in Sydney for a refreshing ale.

Like a kid in a lolly shop I gaze at the tap list above the bar. The usual Rocks brewing suspects, a few guest beers have run dry but I smile when I see a Riverside Brewing beer.

I’ve heard good things about these guys but haven’t seen their beer anywhere before. I order a pint of the Seventy Seven IPA, it’s hellish expensive at $14 but I’m quietly confident it’s going to be worth it. 

You can tell by its appearance it’s going to be good – dark copper, medium body with moderate carbonation. I take a sip. Malt and hops are well balanced, plenty of citrus and pine flavour with a crisp bitter finish.

The hop flavours linger in your mouth but it’s a good thing and you want more. It has all the piney, citrusy and resinous qualities of the Feral Hop Hog but somehow it’s not as heavy or oily.

Unlike other high percentage IPA’s there is no warm alcohol taste and it’s not cloyingly sweet like the Figjam IPA. It’s quite refreshing for a strong, hoppy beer. Big fan, I’m keen to check out other beers by Riverside.

 

9/10

Friday
Jan252013

SIERRA NEVADA HARVEST 2012 (NTH)

Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Harvest 2012, from Beeriosity "Prospect" John Bus. Traveling John writes: It pours a golden amber colour with a large head that has some staying power and I got some decent lacing left on the glass. 

A very well balanced beer with a great malt sweetness and a piney and slightly citrusy bitter hop flavour.  

The novel proposition with this beer is the use of 'wet hops', which are un-dried hops, picked and shipped within 24 hours. Well worth the extra effort and well worth you trying it if you are into the big ballsy American IPA style of beers.

 

9/10

 

 

Sunday
Jan202013

HACKER-PSCHORR MUNCHNER DUNKEL

Hacker-Pschorr Munchner Dunkel. The forgotten child of Munich's Big Six breweries, Hacker-Pschorr doesn't miss often and they haven't missed here.

Winter = Dunkels in Germany and that's good enough for me. Not as thick and heavy as a stout or a porter, the Hacker-Pschorr variety is very, very good.

This was outside in the "big fridge" (also known as the balcony) and just got better and better as it warmed up. 

It smells like a cross between boiled sugar cane and porridge and it delivers a terrific head that stays all the way down.

It tastes like buttered toast with hints of malt, smatterings of honey and traces of bitterness right at the end to finish it off.

Great for sampling, not so filling you can't have a session on it. Just very, very good and perfectly balanced.

 

9/10

 

Friday
Jan182013

TUCHER CHRISTKINDLESMARKT BIER

Tucher Christkindlesmarkt Bier. This is a magnificent German winter beer (OK, bier) from Nurnberg.

it's a wonderful thing from a brewery I'm not normally a massive fan of. 

While it pours a little fizzy, it doesn't hold the big head long before it settles down to being a touch flatter than a standard lager.

The smell is richly inviting, too, and promises what the malty taste delivers: rich, complex malts, lightly hopped and all wrapped in a scrumptious mouthfeel. And, if that's not enough, the aftertaste lightly delivers some of the hops Beeriosity's traditional ale fans would think they were missing.

The only problem with it for me was that I made the mistake of letting Mimi sample the only bottle I had and then I kinda lost most of it. Damn.

 

9/10

 

Sunday
Jan132013

BREW BOYS HOPPAPOTAMUS

Brew Boys Hoppapotamus. Holy hoppyness batman!

After a killer Sydney Summer day, this is going down a treat. One of the more solid IPAs of the year.

Now to find somewhere in the shower to sit a long neck.

 

9/10