Ghost Of Eyre Pale Ale | Steamrail Brewing Company

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Steamrail Brewing Company

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeardedBoffin on 01-05-2014

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3.82/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Explorers searching for that elusive lake, Eyre, in central Australia, supposedly, according to the bottle, carried along an adequate supply of Pale Ale---the inspiration for this English style pale ale. The beer pours from the 33 cl vessel a dark amber color with minimal head. The aroma is well balanced and inviting with a mixture of bready malt, passion fruit, and bitter herbaceous hops. The balance continues onto the palate. Light malt and caramel on the front end are accompanied by plenty of carbonation. It slides back to bitterness in a distinctly English sort of way. This is a nice beer that is wonderfully balanced and not overhopped. Every ingredient contributes positively to the party.

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3.21/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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2.79/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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2.96/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As Australia seeks to find it's foot hold in the world craft beer scene, we have seen a lot of newbies on the scene. Although not "Brand Spanking New", Steamrail's Pale Ale isn't a bad stab at the entry level of the market.

This easy to drink Pale Ale pours a light golden colour with a generous 2 finger head. The aroma is pretty flat compared to others in this category, but there is a hint of tropical fruit and just a smidge of malt to keep you guessing. Like others, i found it to be quite carbonated, and agree it would be an easy summer session beer if the price was right. The body is quite light and the aroma is pretty much how it drinks, with the exception of an almost honey like lager finish. I could see it being a good entry level beer to try and coax those "VB" and "tooheys new" drinkings into the light.

Overall nothing really stands out, it has hops (in small doses) and a touch of malt. Not a bad beer, but definitely not on my must buy list.

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2.6/5  rDev -16.1%

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3.24/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle poured into pint glass 7/4/14

A clear golden yellow with lots of bubbles that grow in size on the way up to a finger of loose soapy foam that hangs around to leave a single ring of lace

S nose is a little faint, sweet malt, floral with a little citrus and cereal

T not far from the nose, slightly more hops but that doesn't say much, nothing tastes bad there's just not much a whole lot going on

M light bodied, a bit over carbonated she's a little foamy, some sweet malt on the finish

O nothing to exciting going on here, everything's a little faint but at least nothings off

I'd drink this over the macros down under but at the end of the day its a little boring

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Photo of doktorhops
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm none too excited by this Pale Ale, can you blame me? Plenty of Aussie "craft" brewers are making Pale Ales that taste like shandys. At least in that respect I can only be impressed if Steamrail brews something that isn't watered down and actually has flavour at all, so there's one positive to the crap new "craft" beers coming out of Australia [I always manage to find the silver lining - like that time my dog died, no need to buy dog food any more - see positive thinking!].

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Body is clear golden with a boisterous frothy white head.

S: Fairly balanced between hops and malt with a citric/stonefruit and biscuit base aroma. Not bad, not hoppy, I do like my hops, but I suspect if the balance carries over into the flavour it should be a decently refreshing brew.

T: As above; stonefruit and citric hops with a biscuit malt middle. Finishes with a hint (and I mean a hint, nothing more nothing less) of bitterness. There are some grain notes in the mid-palate, much like a Lager, and a touch of honey as well. Thor's nipples this would be refreshing on a hot summers day (unfortunately I am in our nation's capital and winter is coming, or here, one of those two, it is bloody freezing though, hence Thor's nipples).

M: Mid to light bodied with a borderline heavy carbonation.

D: Balanced well for an Aussie Pale Ale, bit boring, it's not Little Creatures Pale Ale or Feral Hop Hog - two fond favourites of mine. Although they are intentionally American Pale Ales whereas this is more in the vein of Stone & Wood Pacific Ale, which unfortunately for this beer gets its ass handed to it on a silver platter because S&W PA is phenomenally better. Question is how does it compare to the crappier Aussie PAs? In a word: Favourably.

Food match: The light zesty fruitiness of this beer lends itself well to salads with lemon or mango or even the classic Aussie hamburger (just a regular hamburger with pineapple and beetroot).

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Photo of SmashPants
2.6/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: standard 330mL dark brown bottle, funky and different label. Not my thing, but different at least.

Appearance: clear gold in colour with a fluffy head that settles to a half-finger white. Big carbonation has me a bit concerned.

Aroma: light tropical fruits, grass and citrus. Very faint aromas, and not well combined. Just smells like they tried to put everything in.

Taste: follows the nose - an awkward cacophony in the mouth which somehow also manages to be very faint, thin and bland.

Aftertaste: nothing to it - no aftertaste.

Mouth feel: big and bold carbonation, yet fails to carry any flavour. A thin body.

Overall: an okay beer, but not really worth while. I really should put it in the 'poor' section but it isn't really that horrid. It is similar to the style, but the flavour has been turned down and replaced with thick and funky awkwardness.

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3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Ghost Of Eyre Pale Ale from Steamrail Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.1 out of 5 with 13 ratings