Total Score: 6.7/10
The latest brew from Prancing Pony is a celebration of their continued independence. Which is something quite apt when recently both 4 Pines and Feral were bought out by AB InBev and Coca Cola respectively. These days it seems like it’s only a matter of time before all the independent craft brewers are bought out by macros, which makes me sad (not so much about 4 Pines as they lost their touch a while back, but Feral being bought out is a massive hit to me). So what’s this Indie Kid all about? The label explains: “Daringly brewed with non-traditional hops, a blend of old and new world. Subtle citrus, fruity and herbal aromas. Something new, the Indie Kid we’ve all been rooting for.” Huh, sounds a’iight.
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a stein.
A: Slight hazed, yellow-gold coloured body with a decent inch high white head that eventually drops back to a thin lace blanket. Certainly looks like a Pilsner (oh yeah I spell it Pilsner, which is the original historical spelling – sorry Prancing Pony). 7/10.
S: Lemony, with a grainy note and some slight crisp green apple overtones. Smells like the classic Aussie take on a Pilsner, which involves being ultra-crisp, wheaty, watery and bland – unlike a proper decent Euro Pilsner (at least the stuff coming from brewers like Weihenstephan and Kozel). 5/10.
T: Thankfully tastes alright though… very lemony, but I guess that was what they were going for. Other noted flavours are: Crisp green apple, grain, dry cracker and a touch of a herbal note towards the finish, which is dry and medium bitter given the style. There is a bit of cloying in the aftertaste too – surprising for an Aussie Pilsner – it’s not nearly as crisp as other Aussie Pilsners, it is quite the mix of old and new world then [shock/horror – a beer that actually does some of what the label describes!]. 7/10.
M: Mid to light, almost medium bodied, decent amount of body for a 4.8% ABV Aussie Lager (please continue this trend Aussie Lager brewers!) with a medium carbonation… so a little bit gassy, not OTT though. 8/10.
D: Bit of a pleasant surprise here – when I whiffed it I thought “not another crappy Aussie take on a Pilsner” however this one came up trumps in the end. It’s lemony, and the sweet/bitter balance is well handled. It’s not that exciting though, and we all know Prancing Pony have better cards up their sleeves, but it’s also not bad by any stretch of the imagination, maybe a touch prosaic. 7/10.
Food match: Fried haloumi with a lamb souvlaki wrap.