Tuesday, 6 September 2011

REVIEW: PACIFIC ALE


Et Ceterbeer
Australian Critics Choice 2010 Winner

STATS

  • Country: Australia (NSW)
  • Style: American Pale Ale
  • ABV: 4.4%
  • Serving Type: 330ml Bottle
  • Price: Inexpensive
The first Australia beer on this list was always going to be a good one, so I chose a beer that I'd had before and enjoyed. I would argue that this is Australia's best pale beer (ales or lagers), followed very very closely by Cricketer's Arms.

So this beer is quite similiar in style to Little Creatures Pale Ale, but is a slightly different take on the style. It also comes highly recommended as it topped 'The Critics Choice' beer awards last year.

Onto the pouring and it just pours beautifully, very light clear yellow colour with high carbonation. It has a solid white bubbled head. It may be a little light in colour for a pale ale but the excellent bubble patterns and lacing more than make up for this.

The aroma this beer produces is excellent. Incredibly fruity whilst not being too sweet, passionfruit and canteloupe are the most prevalent fruits on the nose. This will be due to the galaxy hops because there is also an excellent hops texture to the aroma.

This beer tastes remarkably like what it smells like. Very fruity whilst not being too sweet, due to the excellent hoppy bitterness which balances the brew beautifully. Slight citrus and lemongrass notes throughout but nothing overly strong, similar to the light malting. Nothing too bitter in the finish which makes this beer incredibly refreshing and definitely a summer beer. Personally I think this is a Summer or a Blond Ale not a Pale Ale but that is just my opinion, either way it is a spectacular ale and a must try this Summer!

This beer is brewed in Byron Bay and in fitting with it's location is incredibly refreshing. The relatively low alcohol content makes it a highly sessionable beer. If you live in Australia and haven't had this yet, GO TO DAN'S AND GET SOME!!! At less than $20 a 6-pack you can't go wrong, and I guarantee you will not be disappointed!

Remember it's always Beer O'Clock somewhere in the world!

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