Akasha’s Freshwater Pale Ale is one of the most hop-forward and flavourful pale ales coming out of Sydney right now.
When brewer Dave Padden left Riverside it sent a tremor through the Sydney craft beer scene. He had leapt to the forefront of Aussie craft brewing and pumped out some beers which received massive critical acclaim.
When news broke that he was stepping aside, there were concerns over how long we’d have to wait to taste more beers from Dave.
A Symphony Of Hops
This is about as hoppy a pale ale as I’ve had. Freshwater Pale Ale showcases Cascade in all its glory, with bold, fresh and fruity aromas and flavours.
The bitterness is balanced but leaves you in no doubt that this is a hop-forward beer. It’s almost as much about what’s left out as much as what’s included, in that the focus for the hops is not in bittering but in the finish, allowing all the tropical fruit aromas to dance around.
Get It Fresh
Maybe it’s that the name plants the seed but it does taste refreshing. What’s more, Freshwater Pale Ale provides a consistent experience, whether from the bottle or on tap. It’s widely available but I recommend trying it at the Akasha cellar door in Five Dock.
It would be perfect for summer and I can’t wait to get it again when it’s really hot. It’s not exceptionally boozy but it does drink under its 5.2% ABV. It would go well with just about any pub grub but alongside some salt and pepper calamari it would be sensational.
From: Five Dock, NSW
Beer style: American Pale Ale
Pair with: Salt and pepper calamari
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