Burleigh Brewing Twisted Palm Tropical Pale Ale

Total Score: 5.95/10 PapayaMango1Caramel1Bubblegum1Nonicpint1

Happy New Beer!!! It’s 2017, and I’ve decided to begin the year with a hush rather than bang (I’m getting on these days you see), so without further ado: Burleigh Brewing Twisted Palm Tropical Pale Ale. A Burleigh rep gave me a free sample of this to bruview – since I’m partially-but-not-really famous for my craft beer reviews in the SEQ (South East Queensland, Stralia) region I now get the occasional free beer. BUT WORRY NOT DEAR READER: My strong moral values are enough to protect my reviews from a “free beer” bias taint, so you can rest assured that if it’s truly bad I will trash it in my usual humour-laden manner.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Slightly fluorescent orange/amber body that is lightly hazed with an off-white 1 centimetre foam for a head. The head doesn’t stick around too long but that’s a common theme in most “Pacific” Pale Ales (i.e. Australian/NZ Pale Ales). 6/10.

S: Fruity hops give this PPA a nice ripe and green papaya character, along with hints of mango, caramel malts and a touch of bubble-gum. It’s fresh and fruity nose stands out given the low 4.2% ABV and it reminds me of a cross between Matilda Bay Fat Yak and Stone & Wood Pacific Ale… those are some decent bedfellows to have as well. 8/10.

T: And the penny drops… let’s face it – this is one Pacific Pale Ale that is light in flavour and with it: complexity. At 4.2% ABV I wasn’t expecting to be bowled over, but still S&W Pacific Ale has a great deal more flavour for a measly extra 0.2% alcohol. Yes, the ripe and green papayas, hints of mango/caramel are there but they are for all intents and purposes quite restrained, and as such this lets everything down IMO – bring a little bit more punch next time Burleigh! 5/10.

M: Entry-craft it may be but at least the mouthfeel is done well: Mid to light bodied with a light and creamy carbonation… pretty decent here. 8/10.

D: The other day I had a Fat Yak for the first time in years and you know what – they’ve definitely weakened the flavour in that beer considerably (since being bought out by macro brewer Carlton United of course) and Twisted Palm is more like the shadow of a beer Fat Yak is now than a decent craft brew, which is a shame, because all of these craft brewers doing entry-craft beers are only turning away their biggest customers and supporters (people like me) and for what? Who the f__k knows, not me. 5/10.

Food Match: Chips and aioli… or whatever – anything that doesn’t have flavour.


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.