Nail Ale Australian Pale Ale
The Blurb Says: ‘More subtle then its very hoppy American cousins, this Aussie Pale Ale is a designed session craft beer. Common taste descriptors of lemon, lime, citrus or stone fruit are a result of a very carefully controlled fermentation using a traditional ale yeast.’
This beer was a pleasant surprise during one of my random liquor store drop ins, I had heard about it before because it is brewed here in Western Australia but I had not seen it in store before.
It pours a burnt orange colour with LOTS of carbonation leading to a massive rocky head that lingers for ages. I mean this head is so big that I felt like a little kid eating canned cream, I got it everywhere and it was great! Once the head was out of the way I could finally smell the beer and I was not impressed with the restrained hop aroma but it is classified as an English Pale Ale and I am a hop head. The taste was much more my style, it starts with a burst of citrus hops that is followed by a biscuity malt profile and finishes with a piney bitterness that is refreshing and quenching. The beer has a high amount of carbonation with a medium to light body and is very refreshing in the Aussie summer.
Score 3.5/5 This is another great beer for the Aussie BBQ, a great session beer.I looked on Ratebeer after my first and I was surprised by the low scores until I realised people are scoring it as an American style Pale Ale when it is in fact an English Pale Ale.
The Crippled Brewer