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ale saturday
December 4, 2010, 2:02 pm
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i live in melbourne now. since saturday was the first real day of summer, and we biked past a bottle shop that had 65 different beers cold and ready to roll, i decided that the conditions were never better to participate in australia’s official national pastime – drinking!

i chose four reputable, pretty deluxe looking ales that i had yet to sample, including one from my old stomping grounds. in no particular order, here we go…

prickly moses red ale
they say: a medium to full bodied irish celtic ale with a reddish hue. moderately hopped, malt driven with a sweet but dry finish. an easy drinking smooth beer. prickly moses. handcrafted beer using pure otway rainwater. prickly by name…smooth by nature

me say: i started typing this a while after i finished the red ale, but a medium to full bodied irish celtic ale with a reddish hue is certainly how i would describe it. look at the picture, doesn’t it look good in the sun? the irish catholic italian ferrari makers say “if it looks right, it is right.” and like the irish red ale, italian ferraris are also red. moderate hops, sweet, dry, malt. a smooth driver drinking easybeer. finish.
i’d get it again and again. 8/10

holgate hopinator double IPA
they say: the holgate hopinator takes the original concept of india pale ale to the extreme, with outrageous continuous hopping schedule, delivering rich and malty caramel flavours, a dense pine hop aroma and an edgy bitter hop finish. give it a try – if you dare…

me say: holy shit, what do kangaroos do all day? the holgate hopinator takes the original concept of india pale ale to the XXXtreme, with holgate’s brewers on an outrageous continuous hopping schedule, delivering on just one foot, rich and malty one-legged caramel flavours, a dense pine forest cannabis patch kid aroma and a bitter round of x-games kangaroo hopscotch boxing. knockout finish. i gave it a try – if i dared…
one word – deliciousbutprettyfuckinghoppybro 7/10

tuatara india pale ale

they say: new zealand grown noble hops and ale malts give this traditional full bodied ale its refreshingly bitter flavour and golden colour.

me say: the nobility of new zealand hops and ale malts, give this the two thumbs way up cher to the che-yurrrr bros! i had this one with a sopressa and cheese sammy and a kosher pickle. its golden flavour did not leave me bitter,  just refreshed. ka pai tino pai, if only they sold this in crates…

bonus point: brewed at the bottom of the tararuas, which is where i used to go mountain biking as a kid.

i’m a nationalist – 9/10

and finally…

two metre tall tasmania cleansing ale

they say: we are farmers, brewing real ale in unique batches, using farm grown ingredients from tasmania. secondary fermentation in this bottle produces a gently sparkling ale. this natural process leaves harmless yeast sediment, which keeps the ale ‘alive’. real flavour and batch to batch variation differentiate our beer from others.

me say: we are dentists, brewing real mouthwash in unique batches, using farming herbicides from tasmania. secondary fermentation in this bottle produces a vigorously sparking ale. this dangerous process will destroy harmful yeast infections, such as halitosis and thrush, which keeps the ale ‘dental’. real flavoured flavouring  and batch to batch variation differentiate our beer from other brands of mouthwash.

like mouthwash, i spat it out. 4/10

being a trans-tasman clashes, this was always going to bean interesting battle. full credit to the 33 degree melbourne sun, and my shady front garden, which made for perfect testing conditions, drinking really was the winner on the day.

the tuatara, like its namesake, is a quiet achiever. a distinct lack of brewing notes on the label was a nice touch, letting the beer tell you how it is instead of a wanker. i’m still quite ashamed that i hadn’t tried it before, and i mean it when i say that i hope this beer will be around for as long as tuataras have been already in the forests of the tararuas.

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Damn, beer in the Sunshine.

There’s an off license round the corner I can get the old Delerium Tremens and Forbidden Fruits from, takes me back to falling about near Japanese rivers. I’d be trying some of the hoppy IPA you had there, but I don’t know if it would stand up to the Belhaven Best though, smoothest pint Scotland has to offer, look out for it if you can get it in Oz.

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