Beer review — Innis and Gunn, and West Coast

Innis and Gunn Oak Aged Scottish Pale Ale 330ml $4.99
Innis and Gunn offer a distinctive twist on the traditional Scottish ale style. It offers sweet maltiness with an underlying caramel flavour. The twist comes in a zingy hops character and a tweak of tannin, perhaps oak derived. The aftertaste, however, is malty and quite sweet, setting it apart from most beer styles.

West Coast International Pale Ale 330ml $4.41
West Coast Pale Ale, from Westport NZ, combines English pale and crystal malts with an American ale yeast and two New Zealand hops – Nelson sauvin and NZ cascade. Hops added at various stages, including the bright beer tank, give pungent flavours and bitterness to the beer’s fruity, opulent maltiness.

Copyright Chris Shanahan 2013
First published 2 October 2013 in the Canberra Times