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Hop Yard Pale

2010 April 13
by John

From Garrison Brewery in Nova Scotia comes Hop Yard Pale, weighing in at 5.3% in a 341 mL bottle. It’s a pretty robust, floral pale ale with perfect carbonation and just the right amount of hops. And I don’t think I’ve seen a brew with better head retention in my beer glasses! Maybe I just picked the one I don’t drink milk out of (’cause a hard earned thirst deserves a big cold milk). Wish I could say more but I’m writing this about a month after the fact, going from some pretty minimal drunken scribbles on a post-it note. Which is a shame because later on I found out it came first in some massive beer festival in the U.S. So…it’s really good!

Sorry no photo!

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Taverner’s Strong Honey Ale

2010 April 10
by John

Taverner’s Tasmanian Brewery.  Packs an 8.0% alcohol punch.

Graham: Interesting, but not good.

We’re brewing this honey beer today with some honey I picked up in a farmers market in Mudgee.  So when we cracked open the micro brew club 12 pack for last month and found a honey beer in it, it seemed like a perfect place to get some inspiration. On to the beer!

Really light in colour and body. I don’t know how this is an ale, it could be a mead – it looks like one anyway. Has a nice honey aftertaste, most of the honey beer I’ve brewed and tasted (I’m looking at you Beez Neez) . It’s really dry though, and the high alcohol content with little body seems unbalanced. While it is interesting, it’s not a beer I would search out again.

Rating: ★½☆☆☆ 

John: Tastes like shit champagne.

Smells like champagne! Random! Goes down like champagne too…the dude on the back of the label reckons it’s cloudy because the yeast is kept in the bottle to keep it fermenting, giving it more bubble (sound like champagne anyone?). Funnily enough he doesn’t mention anything about the honey it, so why should I? Altough I think I got a bee’s wing in mine…

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ 

Check out their website: www.ozhoney.com.au

Mac’s Hop Rocker Pilsener

2010 March 20
by John

I love this beer! Great colour, subtle aroma and a spot-on balance of hops. Why doesn’t someone hook this baby up to the tap at the local pub? It’s hoppy yet damn refreshing and ACTUALLY TASTES LIKE SOMETHING. The bottle has a cool ring-pull like you’re drinking ginger beer too haha. SICK. 4.8% vol.

Bateman’s XXXB Classic Premium Pale Ale

2010 March 20
by John

Well it sure ain’t pale – a great shade of red though. I might even venture with ‘cedar’. It’s fun when a beer has got such a rad colour you like it before you’ve tried it. This has a bit of a hoppy nose but a huuuge malty taste that gets your juices going. After you swallow you get some cool pear flavour coming out and are then left with the taste of hops on the top of your tongue. Interesting stuff! And if you don’t believe me, check the side of the label – they’ve got a handy quantitative bar chart of the flavours you’ll find. It was actually a bit hard to get through all 500mL, but I’d buy it again. 4.8% vol.

What a crappy photo. Haha

Weihenstephaner Kristall Weissbier

2010 March 20
by John

Smells like a wheat beer, tastes like a wheat beer…I hate it. Haha maybe it’s not so bad if you like the stuff but they never seem to be that subtle to me. HAVE SOME BANANA IN YOUR FACE. This one was all head when poured but died down to nothing pretty soon after. Probably all the banana molecules messing it up. They busted the aroma party too and made an aftertaste that left me salivating in the about-to-hurl kind of way. Well, that’s a bit extreme ’cause I finished all 600mL of it (alongside a spicy rogan josh which dulled my t-buds quite nicely).

Sorry Kristall Weissbier, you suck.

Weihenstephaner Tradition Bayrisch Dunkel

2010 March 11
by John

I hope I spelled the name right…This one’s got a great brown, clear colour and a nice subtle malty aroma. Actually everything about this beer is subtle, which I guess is a testament to the style. It’s got a fairly low carbonation, doesn’t attack the palette too much and is pretty easy to throw back. I was drinking it fairly warm too which seemed like a good thing to do. Are you meant to do this with dunkels? I don’t know, ask someone who is in the business of beer reviewing ;) Thoroughly enjoyable  beer though, which is infinitely more than I can say about Weihenstephaner’s wheat beer. But more on that later…

La Trappe Quadrupel

2010 March 11
by John

A buddy of mine gave this to me for helping him to escape Austria (or was that Von Trappe?). Either way I tucked into it…Comes in a damn heavy bottle – probably to keep the 10% alcohol in. Even the nose is heavy. Quite a nice colour, the body is predicatably viscous, with a rather sweet and malty taste. The alcohol is a bit overpowering, kind of makes it have a ‘homebrew’ taste. It’s a bit of fun in a bottle, but I don’t know who’d drink this regularly. Maybe those in colder climates…

I stole the picture from some website. Full cred to them.

Garrison Brewing Imperial IPA

2010 March 4
by Graham

Garrison Brewing is from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. We have a sweet hookup who sometimes gets us beer from Eastern Canada (hi Dad!) and this one is a beaut.Medium body, with a subtle red tinge to it, the Imperial IPA is 7%  . IIPAY (heh) is  crazy hoppy but with more  bitter, front palate taste than a floral hop nose. Great exponent of the style.

John: Yeah not much nose for the assault on your taste buds. Mmm mmm I love it. Not very carbonated – and provided you like the hops – it goes down easily.

Maiden Ale

2009 December 29
by Graham

This one is from Brew Boys in South Australia. Great colour to this one, it’s a deep honey colour, almost brown. Not much hop aroma, but it’s almost spicy – have no idea how you would make a beer spicy. Probably not a session beer or anything, it’s pretty ballsy and left me feeling full.

Kembery Regional Ale

2009 December 29
by Graham

The first cab off the rank this month from the Micro Brew Club is Kembery Regional Ale from the Wig and Pen Brewery in Canberra . I’m not sure what a ‘Regional Ale’ is but I like it. It tastes alot like a Kolsch to me ; really light in colour but with the fruity aroma of an ale. It’s deceptively full bodied too. Great beer, great brewery too.  I wish I got down to Canberra more often!