Mismatch Session Ale

Total Score: 6/10 Lemon1Passionfruit1CutGrass1Nonicpint1

Received a lovely set of bottles from this brewery in Adelaide whom I hadn’t heard of previously, however they’re in good stead brewing out of Adelaide where those reputable rapscallions Pirate Life are based. Downside to this is that those are some very large leather boots, with a musket pistol tucked inside, to fill. However their rep Sam – who seems to know an awful lot about beer & cider (strange that!) – assured me that Mismatch are just as capable of raiding & pillaging the Spanish Main as their good mates at Pirate Life… arrrgh, consider me timbers shivered (and that’s it for the nautical puns I swear)!

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Hazed straw yellow body with a massive 4 centimetre pure white sea foam head on top… had to wait a bit for the head to die down… it wasn’t a hard pour but I did transport it home by motorcycle. Still looks good though. 7/10.

S: Passionfruit and lemon nose – exactly what you would expect from Galaxy and Citra hops respectively. Light biscuit malt sweetness and a herbal hop character linger in the background. Exceptionally clean aromas too. 8/10.

T: Fresh lemon upfront, leads into a hint of passionfruit, a dry cracker malt base, and finishes with a slight grassy/herbal hop bitterness. Flavour is about as muted as one would expect from a “Session Ale” (a term/concept I’m not a fan of). All the flavours are there, but much like Modus Operandi’s Session IPA it feels a bit watered down, though the flavours in this drop are marginally better suited to a light beer/hot summers day biz – very Radler-esque this Mismatch. 5/10.

M: Mid to light, a bit on the watery side, with a lively (but not OTT) carbonation. 6/10.

D: Another Session Ale where it feels that if they didn’t aim for a specific ABV (in this case a respectable 4%) it might have come across better – at least less muted/watery. TBH I’m already not a fan of everything I see with “Session Ale” written on it so Mismatch really had an uphill battle trying to swing me towards that mantle. Otherwise it’s a decent lemony fresh brew that refreshes – and on a hot summers day (where you have to drive in an hour) this is an easy decision: Drink half a can of Pirate Life IPA or something else taste-tacular instead, done! 6/10.

Food match: Chicken Caesar salad FTW.

 

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