Kosciuszko Pale Ale

Total Score: 6.2/10 GreenMelon1 Passionfruit1 Peach1Nonicpint1

Recommended by the bottle shop guy as one of his personal favourites. Brewed in Jindabyne originally, but now at Malt Shovel (aka James Squire) in Camperdown Sydney, this is the sort of brew that I now call a GCB (Gateway Craft Beer: A brew that is good to introduce new people to craft beer due to the light, easy hopping).

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip pint.

A: Cloudy Pale orange body that is typical of bottle conditioned Ales. The foamy white head settled from 2.5cm to 0.5cm fairly quickly but it didn’t die down to nothing at least (like most other beers on the market). 7/10.

S: Wisps of passionfruit mixed with honeydew melon. Quite a pleasant aroma, but the hops are not as floral as I would expect or like from this style. The grains/malts are non-existent so far. 8/10.

T: Interesting, this Pale Ale is both fruity (melon and stone-fruits) and bland. It’s got a theme however it falls flat when it comes to the strength of character/flavour. I find myself wanting more of a kick from this, which is sad because the flavour profile is great but it’s just lacking a little more punch. The grains/malts are again non-existent here; this is a hop driven brew but the hops themselves could use a bit of amping up. 5/10.

M: Good on this front. It’s a little fizzy for the style but not so bad that it stands out… much… The body is a touch on the light side. 8/10.

D: Nice effort for a micro-brewery however it is certainly lacking on the flavour side and one can’t help but think if only they put just a bit more hops into the fermentation that this would be up there on par with Little Creatures and Co. In fact the more I drink this the more I realise that I’ve got a drawer full of Little Creatures Pale Ale’s to dip into in my fridge and maybe it’s time to crack another one open… hell yeah! 6/10.

Food match: An Ale you could probably match anything light with. Roast chicken with a light salad comes to mind. Just leave out the gravy.

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