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Coopers Session Ale Unveiled

Coopers Session Ale Unveiled

Cooper Brewery have a delightful new session ale, which is aptly named Session Ale. This light and fruity ale is easy to drink and has an interesting flavour profile. The base malts are pale ale and wheat, while the fruity hop aromas and flavours come from the Melba and, everybody’s favourite, Galaxy. The Session Ale is only being released in kegs for on-premise sales, but Coopers were kind enough to send me some samples that they … Read entire article »

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Coopers Vintage Ale 2017

Coopers Vintage Ale 2017

Coopers Brewery have released their iconic Vintage Ale at events in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide this week. And it certainly seems to be another cracking year for the vintage ale, with plenty of hops, but more malt body than previous years. This year Coopers’ chairman Glen Cooper was joined by brewer Jon Meneses at the Melbourne launch at Paradise Alley, a new bar in Collingwood. The 2017 Vintage uses Denali and Calypso, a couple of new … Read entire article »

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Beer Review – Rocks Brewing Conviction Series

Beer Review – Rocks Brewing Conviction Series

A few months ago Rocks Brewing launched their Conviction Series Pale and IPA beers in cans. The beers were released in time for Sydney beer week last year. So, it was a nice surprise to get a couple of samples delivered to my house this week. I hadn’t tried either of these Rocks beers before, so I looked forward to doing a review. Pale Ale – 3.5% Appearance – It pours a cloudy gold colour with a coarse … Read entire article »

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Review – Hawthorn Brewing Beers

Review – Hawthorn Brewing Beers

Recently I mentioned the Hawthorn Brewing Discovery pack and how it was like a tasting paddle, but in a box. Not long after that Hawthorn’s Andrew McCall dropped by with a sample box of the Discovery Pack for me to try. I have tasted all of these beers over the year. But it was good to get to try all the beers at once, including the latest recipes and contract brewing company. There are still a … Read entire article »

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Coopers 2016 Vintage – All You Need Is Time

Coopers 2016 Vintage – All You Need Is Time

Coopers Extra Strong Vintage Ale 2016 is another excellent brew that only requires time to bring out the best. Fresh and hoppy now, and already with a good dose of time under its belt, the 2016 Vintage is designed to become even more drinkable over the next 5 to 10 years of cellaring. The 2016 revises the successful profile of last year’s Vintage. It uses 5 hops. A brand new hop called Astra, Melba (a relatively … Read entire article »

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Beechworth Pale Ale – Bridge Road Brewers

Beechworth Pale Ale – Bridge Road Brewers

The Beechworth Pale Ale is brewer Ben Kraus’ flagship beer. It is a typical modern Australian pale ale light and easy to drink with lots of New World hops. Availability and quality of hops and barley varies from season to season. Like many other craft brewers, Ben will regularly adjust the recipe to suit these seasonal changes. It pours a light head with small foam bubbles and has a golden yellow colour with just a hint … Read entire article »

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Fancy Pants Amber Ale – Mountain Goat Brewery

Fancy Pants Amber Ale – Mountain Goat Brewery

Amber ale is the style of beer that changed the way Cam and Dave at Mountain Goat Brewery viewed beer. It started them on the journey that has led them to own one of Australia’s most successful craft breweries. A few years ago they went back to the drawing board and created an amber ale that would be refreshing and sessionable but still have rich malt and hop flavours. The result was Fancy Pants. Originally released in … Read entire article »

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Rodenbach Flanders Red Ale

Rodenbach Flanders Red Ale

The Rodenbach Brewery has a long history. This Belgian brewery was originally founded in 1821 by four brothers, Pedro, Alexander, Ferdinand and Constantijn Rodenbach. Rodenbach is a traditional Flanders sour red ale that is blended from beers fermented in oak casks. One quarter of the blend is beer that has been matured for two years in oak, while the rest is younger beer. It has a low level of hops, which means it is not very … Read entire article »

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Mountain Goat Summer Ale

Mountain Goat Summer Ale

Mountain Goat Summer Ale is a delightful light and easily drinkable beer. It is packaged in a can, making it just right for the beach, BBQs or camping. Just remember that you’ll only get to enjoy all the flavour if you drink it out of a glass. It pours cloudy yellow with an orange tinge and has a coarse white head. The aroma is of mango and passionfruit. It has a light fruity body and tastes … Read entire article »

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Barrow Boys Pedlars Pale

Barrow Boys Pedlars Pale

Barrow Boys latest brew is a pale ale that has been dry hopped and is only coarsely filtered. It is currently being brewed up at Mildura Brewery under the guidance of brewer Ash Hazel. The dry hopping schedule uses the fruity Vic Secret hop. Ash kindly gave me a couple of samples to try a while ago, so it was good to finally get a chance to give them a taste. It pours a pale amber colour, … Read entire article »

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