Colonial Pale Ale

Total Score: 7.5/10 Nut1PapayaMango1Lemon1Nonicpint1

I’m on a quest to review all of the Colonial brews – because they have the best can lids – but also because of their excellent pricing and decent can sizes (6 x 375ml cans for $23 is a bargain for a craft beer in Australia). Where many Aussie craft brewers have adopted the European sizing of beer receptacles (330ml) or bizarrely the US one (355ml), Colonial (champs that they are) have stuck firmly to 375ml – the better size for a hot country like Oz. So let it be known to Colonial that they is at least one craft beer drinker that salutes their gregarious nature: Me! Cheers to Colonial (oh yeah, and Green Beacon, Balter, Six String, not to forget: Modus Operandi with their 500ml cans – love them tall boys).

Poured from a 375ml can [where the entire lid lifts off!] into a nonic pint.

A: Hazed pale yellow body with an admittedly boisterous (from a hard pour) 3 centimetre chalk white head. Decent amount of lace sticking to the side of the glass too. 7/10.

S: Nutty upfront with similar lychee/mango/papaya tropical hops as the IPA, though in an understandably more muted capacity. Hints of light citrus and caramel notes round out this fine aroma… 4.4% ABV too… not bad at all. 8/10.

T: Nutty and slightly earthy forward palate with tropical characters mid, then citrus/caramel towards the finish which is an bitter citrus note… actually more bitter than you would expect, and the aftertaste lingers with bitterness. Balance is otherwise pretty neutral between sweet/bitter. Aftertaste does ruin it slightly. 7/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a thin carbonation… could probably use a touch more fizz. 6/10.

D: Aside from that pesky lingering bitterness in the aftertaste this is one tasty drop. It has more of the flavours I prefer than the last brew I reviewed (Green Beacon 3 Bolt Pale) and overall it’s a slight bit more sessionable at 4.4% ABV (even though Colonial have deigned not to put “Session Ale” on the can). With summer threatening to be a scorcher yet again here it is comforting to taste a few beers that can provide me some solace from the overbearing Aussie sun – indeed this Colonial Pale will no doubt be counted as a close-friend by the end of April 2017 (when it will actually be a more reasonable temperature again). God knows I’m going to need a few decent cold ones by then! Thanks to Colonial… Stop the press! [an archaic term I accept] This becomes less bitter as it warms, score adjusted. 9/10.

Food match: The nuttiness of this brew is making me crave turkey, crazy right?


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