When Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head came to Sydney and announced he’d be brewing a collaboration beer at Nomad, beer geeks got pretty excited.
Cross Pallet Nation is that beer, a boozy American amber ale. It was brewed for the Australian launch of Sam Calagione’s Pallet Magazine. A few special guest subscribers were invited along to the brew day at Nomad.
In the glass it’s a beautiful deep ruby-amber colour, with a frothy off-white head. The initial aroma, penetrating through the loose bubbles, is a little bit smoky.
A Global Collaboration
The concept was to combine a variety of ingredients from around the world. With Nomad’s track record of using native ingredients, wattle seed and finger lime seemed like obvious additions. Not just because they’ve used them before, with wattle seeds featuring in Long Trip Saison.
The other bold, local addition was Australian hops in the form of Vic Secret and Melba, providing a mouth-watering, fruity bite.
Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head brought to the table mesquite malts and maple sugar. Perhaps it’s this that lends the rich, smoky smell and a certain level of sweetness underneath the hops.
The yeast was “smuggled from Birra del Borgo” and with minimal esters or phenols and a fairly dry finish, it seems the yeast has done good work with an aggressive but clean ferment. It all forms part of this multinational coming together of brewing prowess.
A Complex Blend Of Flavours
The flavours are rich and complex, combing maple sweetness, charcoal smoke, driving hop bitterness and light, fruity accents. All of the different ingredients come to the fore in distinct waves but linger harmoniously in the aftertaste.
It’s not overly carbonated and that’s to be expected from a beer with this much alcohol content. It works this way, making each sip turn into a satisfying quaff.
The mid-palate shows off significant earthiness, which serves to ground all the disparate flavours and aromas, and tie them together.
Cross Pallet Nation would be fantastic to enjoy on its own of an evening. Alternatively, that American favourite, pecan pie, with the addition of maple-candied bacon, would complement the flavours in this beer wonderfully.
From: Brookvale, NSW
Beer style: American Amber Ale
Pair with: Pecan pie with maple-candied bacon
Have you tried Cross Pallet Nation? I know some people had different experiences across bottle and tap, so leave a comment below and let me know what you thought.