BEERS, IN ORDER
SIERRA NEVADA. KELLERWEIS 4.8%; Bavarian Style Wheat. Very sweet aroma on opening, poured with a bit of a soap sudsy head yellow and very cloudy. Pleasingly, has a very restrained hop profile, a little lemon sharpness. I usually think Sierra Nevada beers are to hoppy so this was a bit of a surprise. ( From their site: “Inspired by traditional Bavarian techniques, Kellerweis is a true artisan experience. With Kellerweis, we brew in open fermentation tanks—a process rarely seen today—to let the ingredients truly shine. The result is a hazy wheat ale—untamed, raw and alive. With a full, fruity aroma and notes of spicy clove and banana bread, Kellerweis is a truly unique brew). Unique is a big word
OLD SPECKLED HEN ENGLISH FINE ALE; 5%. GREENE KING BREWERY A very recognisable smell. First impressions is that this beer has a creamy mouth-feel. Bitters with tang – a balanced repeatable beer. This beer used to be on tap in Wentworth Falls ad I was very disappointed when it was taken off. I prefer it from a keg I think.
4 PINES INDIAN SUMMER PALE ALE 4.2% Pale being the operative word as it very light, is almost without colour, another little bit soap sudsy beer, a small amount of bitter aftertaste, Should be a good sessionable beer, particularly in warmer weather.
SHEPHERDS NEAME INDIA PALE ALE 6,1%; A very nice example of an IPA, perhaps closer to the original of the style. It is bitter but didn’t leave me with the strong metallic taste that a lot of the heavily hopped beers (From their site “A glorious showcase of the distinct, heavily hopped beers for which Shepherd Neame is famed, India Pale Ale delivers potent bitterness, offset with generous amounts of pale ale malt to deliver a balanced, yet uncompromising brew”).
HOOK NORTON STRONG ENGLISH ALE 5.5%. Has a toffee or treacly aroma and opening flavour, somewhat Christmas or plum pudding like and spices kicked in after a while. I thought it left the dry astringent or tannin taste. (Their Notes;”A strong dark brown beer, offering a dominantly malty palate with nutty overtones, giving way to a lyrical sweetness that speaks for its strength”).
As I often say, I am not a hop head, I like English beers so I thought I would have a bit of a run on them tonight. The other two where extra’s.. It would be better, I suppose to have them pulled straight from the keg, preferably within cooee of the brewery, but you do what you have to .
All these beers came from Dan Murphys