Who would have guessed we’d see a lager from Dave Padden and Akasha? But here it is and believe it or not, hops feature prominently.
Tradewind Lager is more than your average pale lager, and while it pours a light straw colour, it’s maybe just a tiny bit darker than your typical macro beer.
Pale Lager But Not As We Know It
However, the real difference is in the aroma. Akasha’s Tradewind Lager is full of forceful citrus hop smells that pour through the creamy white head. There’s a whiff of zesty and juicy lime.
It showcases the familiar lager taste with a simple grain backbone providing the malt profile. It’s definitely not the bland adjunct flavour of rice or corn you get in a macro lager, there’s some grist in there.
The malt bill doesn’t add too much sweetness which is exactly what you want and there’s a gentle spicy bitterness from the early hop additions.
Hop Forward But Clean And Dry
We know Dave Padden of Akasha likes his hops so many thought it was strange when he brewed a lager. Obviously, he couldn’t help but throw in some serious hop character and the beer benefits for it.
Tradewind has retained the clarity, and refreshing, clean, dry finish you want from a lager but has an incredibly interesting flavour profile.
It’s the best of both worlds, especially for hop-heads who fancy something lighter bodied and more refreshing than a big chewy IPA on a hot day.
The mouthfeel is spot on, it’s crisp and the carbonation does its thing, bouncing the lime and grapefruit flavours around your palate and sending them shooting up your nose for a flavourful experience.
It could be paired with any food but I could see it going nicely with soft shell crab tacos.
Lager As It Should Be, With Flavour
I wouldn’t call this an India Pale Lager though. This is just a lager, a lager with serious flavour. Just as beer should be.
One of my predictions for craft beer in 2016 was that we’d start to see more craft lagers. I think Akasha’s Tradewind Lager could be one of the catalysts in moving this forward, especially as it comes from a relatively young brewery.
It’s a fantastic beer and as people see what can be done with craft lagers, I hope to see many more over the next few years.
You can try Tradewind Lager fresh at the Akasha brewery cellar door.
From: Five Dock, NSW
Beer style: Pale Lager
Pair with: Soft shell crab tacos
Have you tried Akasha Tradewind Lager? Leave a comment and let me know what you thought.