What's wetting the whistle P.4

Discussion in 'Australia / Oceania' started by Gasc0igne, Jan 3, 2016.

  1. sinkas

    sinkas Aspirant (206) Jul 9, 2008 Australia
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    Boston Brewery Devilslide Red IPA is well worth a look, much better than their other pretty crappy offerings, its like 90% as good as Cheeky monkey Imperial monk,
    with a 1%abv less and quite well priced at $30 a sixer ( atleast herein WA)
     
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  2. Ostpies

    Ostpies Initiate (150) Nov 3, 2015 New Zealand (Aotearoa)

    Anything worthwhile that's bottled or canned in NSW at the moment? Wife is heading over for work this weekend.
     
  3. Narkee

    Narkee Initiate (87) Jun 20, 2013 Australia
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    St Henry at Wildflower. The latest Amber is also fantastic.
     
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  4. Mountain_high_book

    Mountain_high_book Initiate (110) Nov 26, 2014 Australia

    I'm not a big fan of the current trend of brewers trying to make imperial stouts taste like a dessert or coffee rather than a beer by adding all sorts of adjuncts but the Prairie/Evil Twin Bible Belt Imp Stout that is doing the rounds at the moment is amazing and successfully avoids this trend.

    Tastes like a big, decadent and complex imp stout but with a balanced and subtle use of cocoa nibs, chilli, coffee, vanilla, so it still tastes like a stout and avoids being too sweet. Drinks way easier than 13%

    Bought a can of Liberty 'Yakima Monster' pale ale today and noticed the can said it was brewed in Australia. You guys may already know but I found it interesting that New Zealand brewery Liberty are now brewing beers from Hawkers brewery in Reservoir, Victoria!
     
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  5. Twinathon

    Twinathon Initiate (35) May 1, 2013 Australia

    Sixpoint's Alpenflo and the Weihenstephaner/Sierra Nevada collab. Both outstanding.
     
  6. Ostpies

    Ostpies Initiate (150) Nov 3, 2015 New Zealand (Aotearoa)

    Thanks for the suggestion, really enjoyed this.
     
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  7. hawthorne00

    hawthorne00 Initiate (144) Nov 23, 2010 Australia

    Is the Weihenstephaner / Sierra Nevada Braupakt going to be a permanent addition to the range? It seems widely available. Didn't love it myself, but I can see why people would.

    I've wondered a bit where Where Strides the Behemoth has been, but it is back and in cans. Still fun.

    A few hazy and hoppy things I've liked recently: Collective Arts The Mothership, Revision Gimme da Loot, Dainton Blood Orange New England Rye IPA. Not at all sure that the Dainton one is an IPA of any sort let alone a NEIPA, but it's a lovely drop.

    A couple of recent disappointments: Little Creatures The Fuggle is Real is gutless; BrewDog Indie Pale Ale is a credibility buster.

    A few things I liked - a couple of pricey small glasses of Hill Farmstead/ Grassroots saisonish things were enough to convince me that yes, they are pretty good. And the De Ranke Vielle Provision (their component of Cuvee de Ranke) and their unusual Back to Black (it's strong, dark, sour, woody and bitter) were very lovely.

    Bridge Rd continues to crank out lots of beers, most of which I think are pretty good and quite interesting.
     
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  8. Gasc0igne

    Gasc0igne Devotee (435) Oct 6, 2013 Australia
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    Brewdog still had credibility?
     
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  9. Gasc0igne

    Gasc0igne Devotee (435) Oct 6, 2013 Australia
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    Finally gave the Old Pumping Station from Mornington Peninsula a go.

    Had quite a bit of time to sit, bottle 423/750. I'm pretty darn happy with how this thing ended up. Super chocolate-forward, lots of roast (but not super bitter/overpowering like Murrays), nice hint of dark fruit/berry, a little thin but more than made up for it with the creaminess of the mouthfeel. No aroma or taste of the ABV.

    Probably not worth 30-40 bucks, but it's very clearly Mornington Peninsula Imp Stout amped up and barrel aged. Certainly approachable and enjoyable, worth grabbing for a good price.

    In comparison, why was Hawker's BBA Stout so disappointing the three times I tried it over 2 years? Fads seem to be more and more pervasive nationally.
     
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  10. Twinathon

    Twinathon Initiate (35) May 1, 2013 Australia

    Mornington Imperial stout is one of my go to local RIS'. It hits all the marks of a RIS without focusing too much on one aspect.

    Could not agree more on Hawkers' BBA RIS. Huge let down last year.
     
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  11. sinkas

    sinkas Aspirant (206) Jul 9, 2008 Australia
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    I thought the Fuggle is real was ok, I was expecting worse,
     
  12. Narkee

    Narkee Initiate (87) Jun 20, 2013 Australia
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    Cool that Carwyn got in bottles of Hill Farmstead. I was at their event for GBW and it was ridiculously good. Will be hard to have a better line up of beer in Australia ever again imo.
     
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  13. Benjo87

    Benjo87 Initiate (187) Dec 27, 2014 Australia
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    Guys get your hands on Buxton/ommipollo yellow belly sundae if possible. Absolutely incredible desert beer. Expensive, but well worth it.
     
  14. Gasc0igne

    Gasc0igne Devotee (435) Oct 6, 2013 Australia
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    Both Yellow Belly and that other crazy Omnipollo Noa dessert stout don't seem to get distro to shitty Canberra; if more people here reach consensus on their quality I'll trade someone for 'em.

    Does Yellow Belly have a proper full body? Is ot full of artificial dessert flavours?
     
  15. Gasc0igne

    Gasc0igne Devotee (435) Oct 6, 2013 Australia
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    What sort of availability do they have? I'd imagine, without looking it up, they almost immediately sell out. But maybe most Aussies are still clueless :wink:
     
  16. hawthorne00

    hawthorne00 Initiate (144) Nov 23, 2010 Australia

    They sold out very quickly, but they had notified those on their mailing lists early. I passed on the bottles. The tap Hill Farmstead/ Grassroots beers hung around a while (more than a week) ~$15 for 150ml will do that. The rest of the taplist wouldn't have been compelling enough for me to drive across town (but I am a homebody who thinks there is not a lot of signal in high ratings for strong American beers).
     
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  17. Gasc0igne

    Gasc0igne Devotee (435) Oct 6, 2013 Australia
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    $15 for 150mL!? That's genuinely shocking. No way I'm supporting that.

    To your final point, I've definitely noticed the vastly increased prevalence over the past few years of the so-called "Limited" brews throughout the U.S. The issue is, many breweries saw the success of something like Dark Lord Day or one of the other well regarded events/releases and immediately thought "we can do that"; except in most cases we just see an overly hyped and increasingly strong range of beers winking at consumers promising to be the next Toppling Goliath whale or some hazy juice bomb.

    Okay, I'm sure some of these beers are very high quality and enjoyable, but when your entire business model is "we have shit beers but we do this crazy limited release each winter that is all show and no substance", I don't want to touch your product. Seems the public don't give a shit either way, or are just happy to buy up and trade to morons for good beer.

    I smell market saturation.
     
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  18. danieelol

    danieelol Savant (957) Jun 15, 2010 Australia

    Just drinking the braupakt now. Enjoying it.

    Also liked the Akasha Sequioa and the (Hawkers? brewed) Yakima Monster
     
  19. danieelol

    danieelol Savant (957) Jun 15, 2010 Australia

    Yes and yes.
     
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  20. danieelol

    danieelol Savant (957) Jun 15, 2010 Australia

    Enjoying the 4 pines El Dorado...
     
  21. danieelol

    danieelol Savant (957) Jun 15, 2010 Australia

    the West Coast Red Rye IPA is rather good too...
     
  22. danieelol

    danieelol Savant (957) Jun 15, 2010 Australia

    Akasha The Mountain is also good...
     
  23. danieelol

    danieelol Savant (957) Jun 15, 2010 Australia

    Hop Nation sure know how to make an IPA...

    Probably closest thing you're going to get to a modern IPA in Aus to be honest, hoppy aromas but sweet and full body.

    (The Chop)

    There's a reason Americans like this style
     
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  24. Narkee

    Narkee Initiate (87) Jun 20, 2013 Australia
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    Couldn't agree with you more on Hop Nation. The Chop is a fantastic beer!