Brewboys Maiden Ale 330ml $4.15
This bottle conditioned amber ale, from Brewboys of Adelaide, combines malted barley from several counties, including the UK, Germany and Australia, and fresh hop flowers from Nelson, New Zealand. The pungency of the hops cuts through the rich, smooth caramel-like malt flavours, providing a clean, fresh, drying finish.
Billabong Brewing Nelson Sauvin Ale 330ml $3.98
Western Australia’s Billabong Brewing uses New Zealand Nelson Sauvin hop variety in an attempt to capture its distinctive gooseberry-like character. The beer may have displayed that character when first bottled. But it’s now more of a tartness cutting through and slightly overwhelming the background malt flavour.
Copyright © Chris Shanahan 2013
First published 27 March 2013 in The Canberra Times