Beer review — McLaren Vale Beer Company and Bootleg Brewery

Vale India Pale Ale (IPA) 330ml 4-pack $14.99
The McLaren Vale Beer Company operates the Vale Inn Taphouse and Kitchen in McLaren Vale and a brewery at nearby Willunga. Their IPA tones down the style a little, but still delivers a big hit of resiny hops aromas and flavours, support by a full, round, rich maltiness. Available at Dan Murphy, BWS and Woolworths Liquor.

Bootleg Brewery Settler’s Pale Ale 330ml $4.15
“An oasis of beer in a desert of wine” trumpets the website of Bootleg Brewery, located in the heart of Margaret River. We’ve washed away our cabernet overload there in the past, but found this bottle at Plonk, Fyshwick. It’s a pale colour with a pungent hops aroma, full, fruity palate and lingering, bitter hops finish.

Copyright © Chris Shanahan 2012
First published 11 April 2012 in The Canberra Times