Carwyn Cellars is a name that every Australian Craft Beer lover should know. It's the preeminent bottle shops in the country. For their advent calendar, they've partnered with 24 Australian Craft Breweries to make an exclusive canned release for their "Canvent Calendar".
After the success of last year there was only ever going to be one Advent Calendar I'd buy this year! Once again this year I'll be cataloging the contents of the Carwyn Canvent Advent Calendar. The Carwyn Canvent Calendar is going to get the full treatment - and with any luck you'll have updates every 5 days. In the interim, let me know what Advent Calendar you've got this year and your initial thoughts on it so far.
This is a cracking way to start! It's exactly what you'd expect from the two best Hazy IPA producers in the country. There's no astringency, very little bitterness & a wonderfully creamy mouthfeel. It's entirely dry hopped with Citra & is one of the best expressions of Citra I've had. There's heaps of tropical fruit & citrus notes.
They've done a really good job of nailing the brief. It has got all the citrus notes that you'd expect, with orange peel the most prominent, whilst there is a good amount of vanilla/oak character. There's a good amount of whiskey flavour & the beer is refreshingly tart, but certainly not overpowering.
It was brewed with Simcoe & Cashmere Cryo hops, Cashmere are one of these new hops that I'm not terribly familiar with. The beer was quite dry & had plenty of pine notes. It's a beer that I'm sure will polarize opinions but it's one that I really enjoyed as a bit of a throwback to IPA's of 5-6 years ago.
The malt was quite light & laid a good platform for the hops to shine. Most of what I got initially was pine, but as the beer warmed slightly I began to pickup some of the coconut that this hop is famed for; I didn't get any of the mint however. The beer lived up to it's name - it was a very smashable beer!
This beer went through phases throughout the course of drinking it. At times I thought it was really well balanced between sweetish malts & muted coffee notes, whilst at other time coffee & roast overpowered the malts a bit. I can't think of a beer that's oscillated quite as much as this one, as these thoughts interchanged throughout the course of drinking.
Five days in and I haven't had a bad beer yet, as expected! The pick of these 5 beers for me has been the Mr Banks/Range collaboration; Keep the Change. These guys have been consistently raising the bar for this style of beer, so I'm glad they were able to deliver to a wider audience. The other thing I'd like to note is the openness of Quiet Deeds in owning up to what happened with their beer; you can read their full blog post about it here. If you're doing the Canvent, or any other Advent Calendar for that matter, please let me know what you think of yours; firstname.lastname@example.org or on our new Facebook page.
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