Mildura Brewery Mallee Bull Heavy 330ml $3.95
Strong as a Mallee bull, certainly, but alas, not as fit. Too much sitting around on retail shelves fattens a beer up, taking the fresh, aggressive edge off the hops. That caveat aside, this is a robust, smooth, strong ale with appealing toffee-like malt flavour. Oh, for a fresh bottle.
Mildura Brewery Storm Cloudy Ale 330ml $3.95
Like the Mallee Bull above, Storm suffers a little from age. The malt, fruit and hops flavour are complex and enjoyable. But how much more enjoyable it’d be if the Amarillo hops could be in full, citrusy, pungent flight. Almost but not quite. See www.mildurabrewery.com.au
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