The Merchant Brewing Boys have only started up recently but their core range is already impressing, including their When Sloths Cry golden ale which is increasingly seen around Sydney.
When Sloths Cry is a golden ale, the colour of which really lives up to the name. It’s shines like an Olympic medal.
It Glitters Like Gold
The liquid is clear at first but when pouring from the bottom of the bottle, the dregs contribute some haziness. I imagine it’s the same from the bottom of the keg.
On top of the golden beer, there’s an off-white head that froths up nice and bubbly but fizzles out, while the beer sparkles away with perfect carbonation. It’s light, fizzy and promises refreshment.
Harmonious Hops And Malt
The aroma is fruity, primarily featuring passionfruit on the nose with some subtle citrus notes and some very mild yeasty esters.
On the palate, the foremost taste is bitterness from the hops but there is a particular sweet breadiness from the malt that underlies this. It’s nicely harmonious and the hops and grain seem to be added in perfect balance.
It has a fairly light body but doesn’t feel as watered down as many other golden ales. There’s still enough mouthfeel to satisfy. It finishes with a delightful dryness.
Perfect With Pizza
This would be great to enjoy in a warm beer garden and would go with a variety of food, especially your pub grub staples. A doughy pizza base is going to play nicely with the bread malt character of the beer, while the bitterness would stand up to some spicy pepperoni.
As with Merchant Brewing’s other beers, the bottle artwork is impressive. It features Cecil, their sleepy sloth mascot who’s quickly endearing himself to Sydney’s craft beer lovers.
From: Inner West, Sydney
Beer style: Golden ale
IBU: 24 IBU
Pair with: A thick crust pepperoni pizza (with extra cheese)
Leave a comment if you’ve tried When Sloths Cry and let me know what you thought.