Murray’s Punch and Judy’s Ale 330ml $5.00
Punch and Judy’s ale, sub-titled “Ain’t no one pulling our strings”, puts heaps of flavour into mid-strength (3.9 per cent) beer. Lose the alcohol and lose the flavour, brewers say. But Murray’s uses dark malts and assertive bitter hops to close the gap – producing an intense, dry, lingeringly bitter brew of real interest.
Fullers Golden Pride Superior Strength Ale 500ml $8.40
Fuller’s luxurious ale carries its 8.5 per cent alcohol with grace and style. High alcohol tends to dominate beer flavour, but here it’s absorbed by the plush maltiness (pale-ale and crystal malts) and balanced by richly flavoured, bitter northdown, challenger and harvest hop varieties. It’s a sumptuous ale to savour with food.
Copyright © Chris Shanahan 2012
First published 4 April 2012 in The Canberra Times