Grifter Pale Ale is something of a well-known beer these days.
The Grifter Brewing Co. are no longer the young upstarts of the Sydney beer scene. They’re established. They’re beloved, particularly in the inner west, and they’re making excellent beer.
This Pale Ale, formerly called Edward, is at the heart of their line up and in 2017 (the time of its initial can release) it’s on its way to becoming a classic in the city.
The market is flooded with pale ales, most of them taking American hops as their inspiration. This Grifter version is an Aussie interpretation of the style, featuring the recognisable aroma and flavour of Galaxy hops, alongside some Topaz for good measure.
A Classic Redefined
It’s almost like Coopers “Green” for a new generation. A classic redefined for the inner west millennial. The joy of it though is that its true appeal is much greater than that. This is a pub beer. It’s the type of beer that you can give to any beer drinker and they’ll enjoy it.
It looks classic. There’s a full frothy head which is properly white, like you’d expect if you asked someone to describe how a beer looks. The liquid is a glowing orange-gold with just enough haze to suggest a depth of flavour and character.
Zesty aromas are the order of the day, although these are followed by a subtle grassy, earthy smell. The hop-forward aromas are balanced by a gritty malt backbone. It finishes with a lightly bitter bite and a grainy aftertaste.
You’ll find Grifter Pale Ale around many of Sydney’s inner west pubs. However, in 2017 it received a canned release. The bright orange cans with gold tops and gold and black trim place it right at the heart of The Grifter’s brand and aesthetic. If the brewery has a core beer, this is probably it.
It’ll go perfectly with a Margherita pizza. Go heavy on the cheese.
From: Marrickville, NSW
Beer style: Australian pale ale
Pair with: Margherita pizza
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