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 #15 – Hud-a-wa’

Hud-a-wa Strong (English Strong Bitter, 6.8%). Brewed at Invercargill Brewery for Yeastie Boys (Wellington, New Zealand). $5.79/330ml bottle.

I’m convinced one of these days Yeastie Boys is going to come up with the world’s greatest beer. The Rex Attitude shows the extremes to which these guys are willing to experiment and yes, it’s virtually undrinkable as everyone knows by now but it is utterly unique. I love a brewery that doesn’t care for trends towards insane hoppiness or ridiculous strength and is prepared to risk toxicity in order to create beers that are memorable. And so, I always try a new Yeastie Boys brew in a spirit of adventure; let the chips fall where they may. I was only mildly disappointed then when the Hud-a-wa turned out to be foul, stenchy and noxious, though as I channelled the spirit of Shackleton and chewed my way through the pint I began to realise that even if it was my lot to suffer in silence – for such is the price of bold adventure – I swore there would be no way in hell I would fall for the same trick twice. But this is redemption Thursday; that evening in the Bru Haus was last year and as memories fade, forgiveness grows in the hearts of those who have been wronged. For the first time since then I return to the Hud-a-wa to see if it still has the power to buckle knees and turn stomachs. Continue reading

Review #12 – Green Man Whiskey Bock

Green Man Whiskey Bock (Doppelbock, 9% abv). Green Man Brewery, (Dunedin, New Zealand). $8.79/330ml.

It’s definitely worth taking a punt on the 2012 vintage if you can’t find one of these. Which, by now, you almost certainly can’t.

Cards on the table here, I actually tried this one some time ago and…well I can’t claim the dog ate my notes or anything but for some reason I didn’t get around to writing it up which is a shame because this one is actually pretty good. Continue reading

Review #5 – Atlas Super Strong 12%

It’s not as bad as it looks. It’s considerably worse.

Atlas Strong Beer – Strong Pale Lager, 12% abv./ InBev Breweries, Breda, Netherlands/ $7 per 500ml can.

It can be expensive being a beer snob. So, starting today, I’ll be trying once a week to visit the forgotten and unfashionable end of the shelf, trying to find something affordable and drinkable – or at lest non-toxic – amongst the unloved inhabitants of the savage black heart of the local bottle shop. I’m hoping ‘tight-arse Tuesday’ catches on, though not to the extent where a certain pizza chain decides it has grounds to sue for breach of intellectual property rights. Continue reading

Review #3 – Coopers Vintage Ale (2011)

Looks awful, tastes great

Cooper’s Vintage Ale – Strong English Ale, 7.5% abv., (Regency Park, South Australia). $4/375ml bottle.

To celebrate Australia Day in a slightly more productive way than starting a fight down at the beach or wearing a puke-stained flag like a cape and bleating Oi Oi Oi at passersby, this will be the first of a six-pack of Australian beers I’m testing out over the next week or so. There’s lots of good reasons to start with Coopers – it’s a fiercely independent brewery with what I remember from my misspent youth as the best quality beer in the budget range. Plus most of my homebrew bottles and kits over the years have come from this company. We go back a long way. Continue reading