Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Tasting: Mac's Hop Rocker

Mac’s Hop Rocker, New Zealand

Pilsner 330ml bottle with a Bundaburg pull top $4 4.8%


S: like stone and wood pacific ale with its fruity sweet hops

T: clean and crisp with citrus hops, no lingering taste but a lack of balance, new Zealand cascade hops, Nelson Saurin

M: yeast, clean, not much after fast, light body

O: very drinkable and fresh not a show case but bitter citrus beauty

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Tasting: Schlenkerla Smoke Beer

May20th 2012

Byron bay, NSW Australia

URBOCK (AOR- aecht Ochlenferla Rauchbier)

Original Schlenkerla Smoke Beer

Brauerei Heller Bamberg

500ml bottle 6.5% $8.50 aus

A: coca cola, thin, whispy bubbles the shoot up your nose

S: bacon, hickory, smoked and caramelized meats

T: reminds me of Arizona chipotle beer, not tart, smooth on the palate, bitter, swee then taste the smoke smell

M:slick, thin coating, medium body

O: only reason not higher is I don’t know what to compare it so. Good with blue cheese/veggie. Very light and blanced, Still with the purity law. AMAZING

Friday, May 18, 2012

Tasting: Alhambra

May 18th 2012

La Playa in Byron Bay, NSW Australia

Alhambra Especial $8 Australian

O: Especial “pilsner” like, drips with soft sweetness, no lingering taste, golden yellow color without massive carbonation. Served from bottle

Alhamra 1925 lager 6.8% abv

O: fully body lager, bold with yeasty lager and al ight after taste, not bitter but for sure some content under the malt 

Friday, May 11, 2012

Tasting: Cooper's

May 11th 2012

Rail Station Byron bay, NSW Australia

Coopers Mid Ale on draught

A: foggy, golden yellow

S: yeast, delicate fruit

T: fresh, lager

M: dry

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Tasting: Foster's Sheaf Stout

Foster’s Sheaf Stout 750ml $6, 5.7%

picture from Atattoodtale's weblog

A: Thin cream to light colored head with a ruby red dark body and a mass of bubbles. Could be the glass used: a measuring cup, as it is the only clear, drinking sized container available, we have to do with what we can.

S: Roasted coffee with a hint of sugar.

T: More bubbles then cream but heavier then the normal pale lager styles that are prevalent in Oz. Very slight sweetness followed by a toasted barley with a very bitter coffee finish. 

M: Light coating in the mouth.

O: It reads like a cross between stale old coffee and a flat coca cola. I wouldn’t say that makes me dance for joy but it is the boldest thing I’ve seen around here in ages. It holds the coffee and roasted element required but there is a missing element of sweetness or cream that makes it more of a novelty then it needs to be. It’s the freak bottle at the bottom of the shelf, given to desperate people who once loved the working man’s beer but have lost all memory of what that working man drank. I wouldn’t pear it with anything other then an extremely sweet or savory dish. The bitter coffee roll could cut through just about anything and still leave a breathy lingering for hours.