Crackenback | Snowy Mountains Brewery

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Snowy Mountains Brewery

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by dwarbi on 10-13-2005

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Reviews by dwarbi:
Photo of dwarbi
3.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here's an interesting newcomer on the Aussie beer scene. I first tasted it at the Australian Beer Festival... and now it's all over Sydney! It's a tasty brew. A good session beer if you need a break from Little Creatures. It pours a crystal clear glass with a thin white head. Decent retention. Smells of wood. It reminds me of the yeast used in some American brews called Ringwood. This is a different yeast from Pride of Ringwood... but perhaps this is Pride but put to better use. Smooth, buttery taste. There's something about this beer I can't place. The hops aroma is nice and the bitterness is too. I know they use Gold Cluster, Cascade, and Amarillo... perhaps to mask the Pride of Ringwood. Whatever the case, the result is a pretty good beer. Pleasant mouthfeel and very drinkable.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Weizenmensch
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep golden filtered ale with low carbonation and low-moderate head retention. Sticky lacing.

Smell: English ale hops smell: caramel, peach and cereal grains, maybe some citrus zest effect. Not overly complex and overflowing with aromas, but a pleasant, organic smell.

Taste: Disappointing. Dry and bitter - strong hops were used, but now as I check the ABV, it was brewed too strong. An unpleasant harsh astringency on the palate, a drying alcoholic effect. Well-made but unbalanced.

Mouthfeel: Way too thin for this type of beer. Watery rather than nice and aley. Hope it improves.

Drinkability: Not outstanding, but I'd rather drink this than other run-of-the-mill Australian beers. There are definitely better-drinking premium beers though.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.24/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a short weisen glass)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear warm orange body with a thick creamy snow white head that sticks to the glass with each sip. There is a gentle carbonation that glides to the surface.
S- The dry toasted malt aroma is followed by a light green aroma. There are some caramel notes as the beer warms.
T- The big malt flavor has a slight sweet taste with some honey malt and fruity biscuit malt flavors that are a bit softer. There is a pungent green bite in the finish that has a soft note that lingers just a bit after each sip.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a creamy texture. D- This beer has some nice big flavorfull malts supported by nice hop bite.

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Photo of WHROO
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into our Gatzweilers Alt Aus Duddeldorf glass...clear amber, 1 finger head, with quite good head retention. fine carbonation
Very floral in aroma (noble hops), some grapefruit / citrus...also hint of candy malty sweetness.
A little more fruity & malty in flavour, some of the noble hops do come through. a Tad dry in finish, with quick finishing bitterness.
Mouthfeel is light to medium, carbonation is refreshing...
While not a brilliant brew, this is not too bad, although I agree with previous posters, this definately leans more towards an American Pale Ale.

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Photo of vancurly
3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark yellow/pale amber. Fine white head.
Nose dominant with spicy hops, herbaceous, with citrus notes. Perhaps this is wrongly categorised. By the smell of it, this is American Pale Ale, not English.
Flavour of citrus.... I think they use Amarillo hops....touch of cara malt, with a nice bitter finish. Tasty beer.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.21/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden amber colour, steady bead of carbonation up to a light white head of thin ambience. Doesn't leave a lot of lacing. What it does leave is a fair bit to be desired.

Smells quite good, fragrant hops with a generous fruity hit, quite citrusy but fairly rich. I would guess Cascade hops based on the particular fruitiness. And look, I'm right. The other hops which I'm less familiar with I imagine give this its pleasant deeper, more sullen aromas. There's an almost custardy character to that nose, it's sweet but thick. Quite pleasant, really.

Interesting palate - it seems quite short but then there's an odd crescendo finish, like a Stravinsky movement. Has pleasant bitter-sour citrusy characters on the front with hints of grapefruit and a generous serving of bittering hop. The palate then dissipates slightly into a disappointingly watery middle before returning for the climax, which is clean and bitter and quite well rounded. Although the palate as a whole is of a respectable length, there isn't enough of an explosion of flavour to really woo me here. The fruit characters on the front are pleasant and it finishes well enough to make this a very drinkable drop, but there's something lacking in the middle. Let's call it 'heart'.

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Photo of diablo14
3.32/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this beer came to me as a half dozen in a tasting pack. at first i was rather taken by the very slick packaging and thought i could be in for an overwhelmingly positive beer drinking experience. alas this didnt last long. further inspection uncovered the nasty fact that crackenback is brewed via one of my most hated breweries, the dreaded blue tongue. this could only mean that this beer, stylish packaging and all, had been the result of 'careful market research'. sure enuff inspection of the snowy mountains website confirmed this.

fortunately the beer itself proved to be a fair bit better than i ended up thinking it was going to be. nothing too different about the appearance, the regulation light amber color, gentle carbonation, and fair to middling head ive come to expect from most new aussie pale ales were here and accounted for. nothing too exciting on the nose, mainly a sweetish butterscotch aroma. same in the mouth, with a touch of malt, tho only a real fleeting hint of hops doing the business. wasnt bad, but a bit wishy washy.

i realized that when it came down to it, this was a pale ale designed to cash in on the boutique beer market in this country, and as such cant actually be TOO good otherwise people in this country wont drink it. this beer wasnt a disgrace by any means, tho it lacked any real character or flavor that even the most basic of pale ales should have. in summation, a pretty boring and otherwise forgettable pale ale.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Format: a standard 330mL dark brown bottle with a decent macro label.

Appearance: pours out a mid golden-amber with a finger of off-white head that lingers at a thick cap. Okay lacing.

Aroma: floral and citrus hops, which feels more like an APA rather than an EPA. Some light malt backing.

Taste: the floral and citrus hops again with a bit of bitterness. Those sweet malts backing up again. Decent.

Aftertaste: light bitterness with some sweetness still hanging about from the citrus and malts.

Mouth feel: fairly light in body with a moderate carbonation. A bit thin yet still refreshing.

Overall: quite a nice pale ale but a little weak in flavour. Still, decent and worth a 6pack if you can still find it around.

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Photo of Stew41
2.4/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Industrial brew amber in colour, deal clear, thin head. Funny nose, seems bland (and a touch stale) but has some mineral notes (think bore water!). Palate starts out ok with good hop bitterness but falls flat in the second half as M&H definition doesn’t get out of first gear. Finishes with ok bitterness. This doesn’t carry the APA mantle well at all.

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Photo of jarmby1711
2.96/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Disturbingly clear mid golden and a frothy head greats the drinker.
The smell is tending towars the metallic but there is a tempering of hops there.
It is erasonably hoppy to taste and at first I thought it was going to be similar to James Squire Hop thief, however it didnt develop the depth of character or afterpalate to match that beer.
Now the day I drank this was 44C so it was a true test of the beers refreshing qualities , and to this end it was just ok .
A reasonable basic beer, but there are lots more better options readily available

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Photo of brendan13
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark straw colour poured into a pint glass with a few centimetres of off white head that quickly falls away.
S - Ceral graininess with some citrus US type hop notes coming through ever so slightly.
T - The hops come through a lot more in the taste - citrus and pine.
M - Medium mouthfeel with a fairly high carbonation.
D - Nice enough but nothing too different to the multiple pale ales available.

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Crackenback from Snowy Mountains Brewery
Beer rating: 3.37 out of 5 with 11 ratings