To make matters worse, December and January are probably my two busiest drinking months and as usual I made sure I sample plenty of variety and quality. A simply staggering 75 badge levels have been unlocked across 37 different badges!
Rather than write a 77 paragraph review, I've decided to reprise the Good Beer Week Untappd Catchup post style and cap it at a comparatively short 41 paragraphs! I better get started, otherwise I might still be writing this piece in another 10 weeks time!
To Øl Santa's Hibernation (Level 10)
To Øl My Sour Pils (Level 11)
To Øl !!!PA Simcoe & Mosaic (Level 12)
To Øl Black Bauble (Level 13)
To Øl Pineapple Express (Level 14)
The 2X badge will get a far bigger workout as the weather begins to cool down, however I've still unlocked 4 levels of this badge for drinking "Imperial" styles of beer over Summer. Those beers included the aforementioned To Øl Black Ball, Evil Twin's famed Even More Jesus (which incidentally was incredible!), Fox Hat's Metric IPA - which I would not term an Imperial IPA at 7% & finally a beer from the Renaissance Enlightenment Series - Boom! a beer that had plenty of fruityness, but lacked bitterness and had just a touch too much raw alcohol.
To Øl Black Ball (Level 10)
Evil Twin Even More Jesus (Level 11)
Fox Hat Metric IPA (Level 12)
Renaissance Enlightenment Boom! (Level 13)
Batch Elsie the Milk Stout (Level 13)
Bad Shepherd ESB by Dan (Level 14)
To Øl Don't Gose Towards the Light (Level 15)
Almanac Mandarina (Level 16)
Heineken (Level 17)
Kosciusko Pale Ale (Level 18)
Hop Nation The Punch (Level 19)
Cascade Premium Light (Level 20)
Stone & Wood Garden Ale (Level 21)
Coopers Premium Lager (Level 22)
Nøgne Ø Brandenburger (Level 23)
2 Brothers Growler (Level 24)
Little Creatures Bright Ale (Level 25)
A. Le Coq Imperial Marzen (Level 26)
Mismatch Archie's Red (Level 27)
Erdinger Alkoholfrei (Level 28)
Yeastie Boys Bigmouth (Level 29)
Victory Blackboard Series Berliner Weisse with Elderflower (Level 47)
Oude Quetsche Tilquin a l'Ancienne (Level 48)
Bridge Road Mayday Hills T (Level 49)
Bruery Terreux Tart of Darkness (Level 50)
Mountain Goat Barrel Breed Barley Wine (Level 22)
Mountain Goat 2015 Christmas Ale (Level 23)
Hop Nation The Kalash (Level 24)
To Øl My Sour Pils (Level 18), which was anything but a traditional Pilsner but equally refreshing! While Tuatara's recently re-branded Mot Eureka (formely Bohemian Pilsner), a clean New World Pilsner with plenty of bitterness, unlocked (Level 19).
To Øl's Brett & Butter (Level 8), a beer that I thought was lacking in funk and sourness, especially considering Brett's in it's name! While a Two Birds Hellenic Ale at the brewery took out (Level 9), I didn't notice anything particularly Greek about it, but it had nice moderately bitter pineapple hops.
To Øl beer, Moccachino Messiah, was the beer that was lucky enough to unlock (Level 8) of this strangely elusive badge. It's a really special Brown Ale, with plenty of roast coffee, combining with sweet caramel and bitter citrus and tropical fruit hop flavours.
To Øl's Don't Go Towards the Light is a Gose that has some dark malts and a heap of blackberries added to it! It was actually a delicious beer with the salinity really adding to this mix of roast and blackberries. God To Øl make some out there beers!
Deep Creek Long White Cloudy IPA (Level 36)
Deep Creek Dusty Gringo (Level 37)
Tuatara Tomahawk (Level 38)
8 Wired Superdank (Level 39)
Tuatara Amarillo (Level 40)
Because it's been over 10 weeks since the last Untappd Catchup installment, I've got 3 New Brew Thursday levels to bring you. We're slowly creeping towards this not being a thing anymore! To Øl's Black Bauble, a beer already mentioned in this post, unlocked (Level 27), Funk Estate's It's a Beaut APA, which was a "beaut" (Level 28) and finally the 8 Wired Superdank (Level 29).
To Ølekalender; Santa Gose F&#% It All. The story behind this beer is pretty good and you can get the low-down on that in this post here. It's not the saltiest Gose you'll come across, but it wonderfully fruity and is a beer that I would buy again in a heartbeat!
read here), Alexander and it unlocked (Level 30). This beer was superb! It had wonderful fresh cherries, plenty of woodiness that had been transferred from the barrel and nice acidity. It was definitely worth the trip Dylan and I made to Thornbury for it!
To Øl's collaborative Ginie (in a bottle). It's a gin inspired Gose and it's really tasty. There's plenty of juniper, light citrus, light salinity and restrained sourness. I really hope this is the first of many Põhjala beers we see in Australia!
I knew that this badge would come along in FebFast! I'm glad it did as I'm not going to come across it at any other time of the year... Low Gravity is the badge for drinking beers classed as Non-Alcoholic. The honour of being the first beer to unlock this badge for me was Erdinger's Alkoholfrei, a beer that I amazingly had the correct glass for! The alcohol free wheat beers appear to be better on the whole than the lagers and this one is pretty similar to a regular wheat beer, if a little sweet.
THANK GOD THIS IS FINALLY DONE!!! This was a marathon effort, but I needed to get it up for my own sense of record keeping. This would be comfortably the longest post I've ever written on Beer O'Clock Australia - clocking in at a lazy 3,535 words. Now that this is out of the way I'm hoping to get a few things posted by the end of next week; Beer-Thusiast Pack January, the long awaited glassware post, a new edition of The Thirst and my analysis of The Hottest 100 Beer for 2016! If you've got this far, thanks for reading guys! Until next time...
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