Akasha Fire Within is a hoppy American Amber Ale brewed right here in Sydney.
Originally brewed for GABS 2015, the recipe has since changed. Going from an imperial amber ale to a “normal” amber ale. But calling it normal does the beer, and Akasha brewer Dave Padden, an injustice.
The colour is a beautiful rusty copper and there’s some sweet biscuity malt aroma that pours through the light coloured head. There’s a touch of floral and citrus on the nose too but this comes through more, with a good dose of bitterness, on the first sip.
If the original incarnation was a boozy, and crazily hoppy beer, then this is its more balanced younger brother. The sweet caramel and biscuit flavours meld with the bold citrus flavours typical of American hops. There’s a perfect balance to these components that keeps you coming back for more.
It finishes with a bitter bite and a smooth mouthfeel. At 5.8% it might not necessarily be the right beer for a session but it would certainly be tempting. Fire Within is incredibly drinkable. It’s the type of beer which could easily become a craft beer enthusiast’s go-to beer.
The great thing about balanced beers like Akasha’s Fire Within is their versatility. When it comes to pairing with food this could go with a variety of dishes, such as a Thai basil and kaffir lime stir fry, a BBQ base meat feast pizza, or a caramel biscuit base cheesecake.
Fire Within is available on tap around Sydney, including at the Akasha cellar door in Five Dock where it’ll be freshest. You can also buy their snazzy 500ml bottles at the brewery, as well as at good bottle shops around Sydney such as Beer Cartel and Oak Barrel.
From: Five Dock, NSW
Beer style: Amber ale
Pair with: BBQ base meat feast pizza
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