Beer review — North Coast Brewing and Swell Brewing

North Coast Brewing Acme California India Pale Ale 355ml $5.99
The enticing aroma leans to fruitiness and toffee-like malt, with a sweet note from the substantial alcohol (6.5 per cent). The fruit, malt and alcohol follow through onto the plush palate, then they’re swept along with intense, lingering bitterness of hops in overdrive – a distinctive take on this widely interpreted beer style

Swell Brewing Co Golden Ale 500ml $8.60
Swell Brewing, founded by stepbrothers Dan and Daniel Wright, and Dan’s wife, Corinna, brew their beer down in McLaren Vale’s wine country. Golden Ale, a medium-bodied beer, offers light malt flavours, cut with spicy, zesty, citrusy hops flavour and drying, moderate hops bitterness. It’s an easy drinking style.

Copyright © Chris Shanahan 2012
First published 25 January 2012 in The Canberra Times

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