Review #25 – Double Dog

Double Pale Ale (possibly more)

I wanted to test myself. I have my reasons. This thing talks big. Lets see what its got.

I’ll be honest, I expected something more savage, more brutal. To start there’s a nice, big boozy aroma of citrus and some darker fruits, something sweet, something else which might be piney hops but it’s neither overpowering nor offensive. Pours easily with a nice one-and-a-half finger head, soapy, off-white, decent retention and a nice dark, heavy amber colour. Can a colour look heavy? Can it look dangerous? Continue reading

Review #24 – Taieri George

It looks a bit better than this, really. And tastes far better.Hot Cross Bun Ale

Hi, I’m Peet. I used to work here…

Speaking of long absences and dispiriting privation, I have been looking forward to Emersons’ Taieri George for a long, long time now. It’s a seasonal beer – released on or about March 6th, the birthday of the George for whom it is named and who founded the brewery – and since I’d tried it towards the tail end of winter last year I’ve been waiting all summer for it to return. For a number of reasons, some of which are also reasons for the hiatus in this blog, I’ve put off having it though and lately it’s been sitting in my fridge taunting me…calling to me…and I’m wondering now has it been worth the wait?

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Back in the saddle

Good things come to those who wait. On the other hand, as Smile, Chinese Democracy and the equally earth-shattering return of Robbie Williams to Take That all show, sometimes the result is just sad and underwhelming, a reminder of broken promises and faded worth, of endless apologies and meaningless excuses, all tinged with the ennui that recognises the joyless fulfilment of expectation that has long since lost any sense of anticipation or excitement and serves only to deprive us of our commonly held experience of hope; to remind us now that in its place is only the memory of better times that slowly twists and fades into irrelevance, mediocrity and anachronism.

So, anyway…Yay! I’m back!