Woolshed Brewery Judas the Dark 330ml $4.70
Woolshed Brewery of Murtho, South Australia, adds roasted wattle seeds to Judas, giving an Aussie twist to a timeless villain. This deep, dark Judas, though, gives a sweet, warming, gentle kiss. Coffee- and –chocolate-like flavours of roasted grain give way to a charry, grippy bitterness that offsets the malty sweetness.
Brewcult Full Metal Anorak English IPA 500ml $10
In the US and Australia, IPAs proliferate daily as thrill seekers explore the world of pungent, resiny, bitter hops. Brewcult (Derrimut, Victoria) offers a dark-brown version, overflowing with resiny, fresh hops aroma. The fruity-malty palate, at a modest-for-the-style 5.8 per cent alcohol, balances the hops, which nevertheless give a bitter, lingering aftertaste.
Copyright © Chris Shanahan 2015
First published 23 and 24 June 2015 in goodfood.com.au and the Canberra Times