Australian Brewery have released a golden ale that combines stone fruit aromas with punchy bitterness.
It pours a beautiful golden colour (as you’d expect) which is near enough perfectly clear.
There’s big carbonation and the clear liquid fizzes with activity under a frothy cream-coloured head which subsides slowly to a thin layer.
This golden ale from Australian Brewery has a lovely hoppy nose, filled with stone fruit and passionfruit aromas.
On the palate it tastes much more bitter than the 24 IBUs would suggest and this is the primary sensory experience that stays with you, as the bitterness lingers in the mouth.
There’s definitely more hop character in the aroma than comes through in the flavour. But that’s typical of this style of beer, which is light on the bittering hops and more liberal with the aroma hops.
At 4.5% ABV it fits into a growing segment of the craft market for sessionable and refreshing beers that are easily accessible but still provide some notes of interest. It provides the hoppy, fruity smell that people are interested in but doesn’t bash you over the head with huge hop bomb flavours.
That said, there are still some stone fruit flavours evident on the palate which are enjoyable and refreshing.
Alchemy Golden Ale is a great accompaniment to fish and chips. The carbonation will lift grease from the palate and the bitter taste is a great replacement for the tannic quality of a traditional cup of English tea.
It finishes superbly crisp and clean, almost like a lager.
It’s perfect for a hot summer day or a balmy evening, when you want something light and refreshing that will wash down a meal without taking over the palate.
As always, Australian Brewery have done a great job with their can. The artwork on this one is fantastic again.
From: Rouse Hill, NSW
Beer style: Golden Ale
Pair with: Fish and chips
Have you tried Australian Brewery’s Alchemy Golden Ale? Leave a comment and let me know what you thought?