Bellarine Brewing Lonsdale Lager 24X330ml $80
Bellarine Estate, on Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula, offers both wine and beer and gives brewery tours each Saturday. Their pale, golden lager offers smooth, generous malt flavour backed by pleasant citrus-like hops flavour and moderate bitterness. Our sample showed signs of age, so expect a better experience with fresh stock. See www.bellarineestate.com.au
Sierra Nevada Brewing Torpedo Extra IPA 355ml $4.99
Sierra’s boom-box interpretation of India pale ale maxes the volume on all components – malt, hops and alcohol. Opulent malt provides, deep sweet mid-palate flavour and texture – the boom. Alcohol fills the mid palate. And hops deliver both the tweeting, citrusy high notes and a pervading, intense, lingering bitterness.
Copyright © Chris Shanahan 2012
First published 8 February 2012 in The Canberra Times