Welcome to the October Expert tasting notes of our quarterly beer subscription as well as our latest podcast.
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The full list of beers included in this month's Expert Quarterly Beer Subscription is below. This selection can also be seen at Untappd here.
IPA - Session / India Session Ale
Wellington City, Wellington
Bigmouth is an extra pale, unfiltered, hoppy session ale with a bold tropical and white wine notes from the Nelson-grown New Zealand hops.
Session IPA? Pacific Ale? Extra Pale Ale? Call it whatever you like.
South Pacific Luau - P.O.G. Pale Ale - International
We dropped a little of the Aloha spirit into our South Pacific Dream by adding the quintessential Hawaiian fruit combination P.O.G. Passionfruit, Orange & Guava. So Grab your grass skirt and lei as the fruit and hop combination sends your tastebuds on a tropical journey.
The Pilgrim Barleywine - Other
Greve Municipality, Region Sjælland
aU Ungespundet Naturtrüb Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Wer A sagt, muss auch U sagen. Ungespundet, ungefiltert und unverschämt gut. Halt a U, wie es bei uns heißt. Man hat ja schließlich nicht ewig Zeit zum Bestellen. Und was kommt auf den Tisch, wenn man „a U“ ordert? Eine ganz besondere, hefetrübe Bierspezialität mit vollmundig-weichmalzigem Charakter. Angenehm herb und mit wenig Kohlensäure ist es ein Bier, das zur Brotzeit genauso gut passt wie zum entspannten Feierabend. Hat da einer „Kultbier“ gesagt? Naja, uns soll´s recht sein. Ach ja, „ein“ U, kann man natürlich auch sagen. Aber die Erfahrung zeigt, dass es selten bei einem bleibt.
Hopfen: Hallertauer Perle
Nitro Latte Stout - Milk / Sweet
Brewed with cocoa, coffee and Lactose this beer will excite the coffee nerd and the stout geek inside you. Packaged with Nitro this beer should be poured vigorously into the proper glass to cascade the beer into a finaly packed fluffy whipped cream head, giving the beer a lush mouthfeel and thickness from the lactose and nitro, yet surprisingly light and easy to sip. Flavors of Mocha, chocolate and roasty goodness all the way through. This beer is the first of many brewed with Nitro from Lervig.
Hop Smash XPA Pale Ale - American
Bomb! Stout - American Imperial / Double
Bomb! is an imperial stout aged on Nordaggio's espresso beans, chocolate, vanilla beans, and ancho chile peppers. All the flavors meld to create a truly unique beer. The peppers add just the right amount of heat to complement the intense coffee and chocolate flavors.
Cuvée De Ranke Sour - Other
Cuvée De Ranke is a mixed fermentation, blended ale. A combination of barrel-aged beer and lambic.
Taste: Full-bodied sour flavour, with notes of oak from oak-aging.
White Mischief Sour - Gose - Fruited
Wellington City, Wellington
Salted white peach sour. Refreshingly sour ale fermented with white peaches and a touch of salt. Light, palate-cleansing yet complex.
Dream Weaver IPA - New England
Mona Vale, NSW
Take a big toke of our favourite strain. This Hazy IPA draws its energetic & dreamy cerebral effects
from Amarillo, Centennial, Citra & Simcoe hops. Expect Tropical Citrus & Piney flavour
Counter Culture - So Long Darkness..? Stout - White
Byron Bay, New South Wales
Not all is what it seems …
With the season’s transition into longer days of lingering light, So Long Darkness illuminates the shadows and morphs into something you didn’t expect. While the generous additions of chocolate, roasted coffee and lactose lead you to believe this were a regular stout, the way the light shines through the beer’s pale colour proves that not all stouts are dark and heavy.
More than meets the eye, So Long Darkness is the fourth release from Counter Culture – beers that go against the grain.
Cookies & Cream Milkshake IPA IPA - Milkshake
Waltzin Ma Pilsner Pilsner - Other
This is a beer’s Beer.
It’s a hot day, tools down, knock off early kinda beer.
Our homage to the classic Aussie Lager style...
Who’ll skull a Waltzin Ma Pilsner with me?
Triple Harvest Red Ale Red Ale - Imperial / Double
Following on from Harvest and Imperial Harvest, the Triple Harvest is big, bitter, malty and boozy, with just enough dry hop to balance it out.
Chew Tang Can IPA - New England
The NEIPA of our Brew Tang Can series. Cloudy, big on fruit and heavy on the hops, the Chew is worth making a ruckus about.