Total Score: 6/10
Named after the mighty mount Macedon, the towering vast 3,284 ft summit in Victoria, Australia (known as Geboor or Geburrh in the local Aboriginal dialect) is my latest beer review from the stalwart Holgate brewhouse. We’ve had good times Holgate and I: Road Trip, Temptress, and the-one-I-tried-but-didn’t-review-because-I was-tipsy-at-The-Archive (Hopinator)… oh and I recently had a taste of their limited release White Ale, which was superlative… point in case I have much respect for the brewer known as Holgate.
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass.
A: Presents with the typical hazy amber body of a craft Pale Ale with a thin white lace on top… activity in the glass is minimal but visible. 7/10.
S: Fruity and floral hops upfront, slightly subdued but present nonetheless and promising a Pale Ale that one with a diploma in Hop-Headery would be after. Caramel malt and honey rounds out the aroma nicely… not brilliant, but OK. 7/10.
T: Hmmm… you know what this is? Beer by committee. A recipe for something average at best. I am disappointed in you Holgate. The profile is as above – caramel malt, touch of honey and a slight fruity/floral hop finish, mild in bitterness for the style… which is an American Pale Ale or an English one, I can’t tell because it doesn’t have the generous malting of an English one or the hopping of an American… bit of neither really. 5/10.
M: Best aspect of this brew – a mid to light body with mid to light carbonation. Still manages to be middle of the road, but a middle of the road mouthfeel is good. 8/10.
D: Worst. Holgate. Brew. Yet. Just to explain my “Beer by committee” comment – this is one of those craft beers designed to engage new craft beer drinkers into the fold, and the thing that Holgate doesn’t realise is that they needn’t do this. To use a personal analogy – I got into progressive rock music by listening to the band Tool, then I started listening to softer prog rock bands and thought “No Tool is both heavier and better than other bands, I’m glad I begun by listening to Tool” – it’s the same thing; Holgate: Continue making decent big(ish) beers and new drinkers will be introduced to your fold and will like you even more for it – don’t try to pander to the masses. And a small tip for this beer: Loads more hops. 6/10.
Food match: It’s not often I recommend beer-battered fish and chips with a Pale Ale, but mild brews call for mild foods.