Beer review — Lobethal and Sierra Nevada

Lobethal Bohemian Pilsener 330ml $4.99
Brewer Alistair Turnbull offers his beers in bottle. But it’s nowhere fresher than on tap at the brewery in the village of Lobethal in the Adelaide Hills. There we savoured a stunningly fresh, full-bodied, assertively bitter expression of the classic, golden Bohemian style.

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Whole-cone Imperial IPA 355ml $7.70
Hoptimum pole-vaults to the hoppiest of hoppy heights, measuring 100 on the international bitterness scale – roughly five times as much as the typical Australian lager. Opulent, sweet malt and a heady 10.4 per cent alcohol distract momentarily from the hops. But nothing can stop the resiny, bitter, citrusy hops deluge. It’s love or hate.

Copyright Chris Shanahan 2013
First published 14 August 2013 in the Canberra Times