Beer review — Red Duck and Lord Nelson

Red Duck Overland Bright Ale 330ml $4.90
From the Purrumbete Brewing Company, Victoria, Red Duck is a lightly hazy, pale-coloured, easy-drinking ale. It’s moderately alcoholic at 4.2 per cent, with an emphasis on zesty freshness and refreshing hops bitterness rather than overt malt flavour. Strangely, Overland doesn’t rate a mention on the Red Duck website.

Lord Nelson Old Admiral 330ml $3.80
Sydney’s Lord Nelson, opened in 1842, claims to be Australia’s oldest continuously licensed pub. In 1987 it began brewing on site and has become one of the Rocks area’s must-visit sites. The opulent, malty, high-alcohol and generously hopped Old Admiral ale is best on tap, but the bottled version slips down easily enough.

Copyright © Chris Shanahan 2009

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