Almanac Beer Company Pumpkin Sour (San Jose, California) 375ml $19.80
Pumpkin Sour occupies a different beer universe than VB or Budweiser. A brown ale made from a tag team of yeasts and other microbes, then matured in bourbon and wine barrels, it hits the palate with a mighty eight per-cent alcohol and startling tart, sweet, sour flavours.
Founders Brewing Centennial IPA (Grand Rapids, Michigan) 355ml $4.70
The story of modern American India Pale Ale (IPA) is one of hops, hops and more hops, with sufficent sweet malt to absorb all that hoppy flavour and bitterness. The beers are best fresh and young as this one is – a fine example of opulent, luscious malt flavours balancing the delicious malt assault.
Copyright © Chris Shanahan 2016
First published 29 June 2016 in the Canberra Times