Pike's Sparkling Ale - Oakbank Brewing
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Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
3.56/5 rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Clearly an Australian Sparkling Ale, this is one I tried at Vic on the Park during the Sydney Craft Beer Week launch party. I believe this is a rebooting of the Pike's brand, which has come and gone a fair bit through the last 10 years or so before being a historical brand before that.
Pours a coppery golden colour with slight hazing to the body. Head is very solid, forming a pocked yellow/off-white colour across the top that leaves very decent lace. Body is firm and good. Overall it's a great-looking beer.
Nose is a little bit dull, but with some good characters and some less good characters that still add interest. Slight clear apple characters on first smell, quite crisp and light, and a little golden malt to provide a deeper tone. There's a touch perhaps of something like butyric acid, giving it a mild astringency, but it's hidden. Overall, it's not bad.
Taste is similar. Crisp with a hint of slightly earthy spice on the front and some astringency towards the back. Mostly though, it's just round and smooth giving a decent, subdued malt presence and a light crisp finish. It's a bit ephemeral overall, but nice enough.
Feel is good with carbonation running through it. It makes it feel aerated and lighter than it is.
Overall, this is pretty nice. I'm perhaps a little surprised at that, but it's a pretty decent effort and a pretty drinkable brew all up.
Serving type: on-tap
10-19-2013 23:01:53 | More by lacqueredmouse
Pike's Sparkling Ale from Oakbank Brewing
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