Smuttlabs White IPA (Smuttynose Brewing Company)

Beer in my Belly

Style: White IPA (Hybrid: Belgian Wit with IPA level hops)

4.5% ABV

Price: $$

From: Seacoast, NH

Availability: Limited (Mostly in NH and select accounts in the North East)

Brewery’s Note: “A White IPA brewed with witbier yeast, coriander, two types of orange peel and lots of Citra hops.”

The beer pours a pale and oranging yellow, sort of like dehydrated piss. The beer pours with a small head of fizzy white bubbles with lackluster retention. The bubbles leave very slick and slippery bubbles on the sides of the glass. In body, the beer is clear and clean, with a slight haze, but no floating particles. On the nose, the beer smells like spiced orange juice. Coriander and orange peel blend with rich, citrusy pine and mango scents, and a bready sweetness lingers below everything else. The scent is very crisp and clean for Belgian yeast. Its low on esters…

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4 Pines Brewing Company Pale Ale vs Balmain Brewing Company Pale Ale

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Not every day calls for a wine. Okay I’m lying: my cellar isn’t extensive enough to always have wine. Either way, today was a day for beer!

There’s a dizzyingly large array of craft beers available in Australia these days. Following in North America’s craft scene, Australian consumers are ditching mass-produced swill in favour of something with flavour.

It’s not without good reason that the saying, “Not all beers are created equal,” is so prevalent. There are typically four components of most commercial beers: water, malted barley, yeast and hops, each of which can completely alter the final flavour of a beer.

Hops, the herbaceous perennials that give beers much of their final flavour, like grape varieties are enormously varied in flavour, strength and bitterness.

Coupled with the numerous varieties of malts available, the yeasts used and even something as innocuous as the local water source, and you begin to…

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Abita Restoration Pale Ale

Drinking the universe one craft beer at a time!

Total Score: 6.7/10 Biscuit1Lemon1HopFlower1Nonicpint1

Abita, who in my opinion really ought to release two new beers (one called “This” and the other called “That”) have really impressed me without knocking my socks off with their Turbodog. Needless to say I went out and bought a six pack of the Restoration Pale Ale and drank all bar one (for this review) thinking it would be a great American Pale Ale… *spoiler* it’s not. But please do stay on and read why not.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Hazy tangelo body with a boisterous, granted given a hard pour, cream coloured head that soon dissipates to 1cm. Looks fantastic as far as APAs go. 8/10.

S: Smells fantastic too! With fresh hop flowers upfront followed by a tasty big biscuit base middle. There is a nice spring water aroma as well (Abita have a deep well spring at…

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Coopers Sparkling Ale

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Total Score: 7.55/10 Peach1Lemon1Barley1Nonicpint1

Ahhh, Coopers! This beer and me go way back, notwithstanding the fact that we’re both from SA (South Australia), I started my beer drinking education on two beers; Guinness Draught & this, and for a while I didn’t see any need to drink anything else.

Anyway enough nostalgia, time to see if Coopers stands the test of time when it comes to tasting. I poured this fine Ale from a 375ml “stubbie” into a standard pint glass.

A: This was a feisty one! The bone-meal coloured head started out at 2cm before settling to a foamy 0.5cm covering. The body is a cloudy amber/orange shade and tells me I’m in for a small meal (due to the yeast sediment). 7/10.

S: Zesty aromas of stone fruit with a hint of apple. The hops are there but it’s a faint waft. This is the smell of a finely…

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Cricketers Arms Lager

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Total Score: 4.9/10 Barley1Coriander1CutGrass1Stein1

I found the back of this intriguing; “brewed with the finest Amarillo hops”, sounds delish, let’s give it a run. Drunken ironically while watching the cricket. Australia lost btw :(.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip pint.

A: Clear and golden, everything a Lager should be. The head started out really excited (like a teenage boy getting a fake ID) but died down to a typical Aussie pub thin lacing… slight disappointment crept in. 6/10.

S: Smells typically like a grainy Lager, but what’s that? Spicy and floral hops! In a Lager? Get. Out. Of. Town. Go on, now! There was a genuine surprise that maybe the label on the back of a bottle (finest Amarillo hops) was not mere hyperbole… let’s find out! 7/10.

T: Hop promise not fulfilled. Yes there is a slight grassy hop presence, but it’s otherwise boring Lager grain flavours…

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