The second beer from Philter Brewing Co. is a red ale at a sessionable strength of 4.8% ABV.
It glows a burnt caramel colour with a tinge of deep red as it catches the light. The foam on top is a pancake batter white that laces the glass with tiny bubbles. It disappears pretty quickly leaving just a delicate rim around the circumference of the glass.
The beer holds a good amount of carbonation though, and a quick flick of the wrist and a swirl of the glass will reinstate a sea-foam layer of head.
Aromatic Red Ale
Aromas of melon and passionfruit float up from the glass. These are tempered on the first few sips by caramel and toffee notes. There’s a sweet graininess that drinkers will recognise from the crystal malt.
Home brewers will sense the familiar temptation that comes on opening a bag of crystal malt. You just want to scoop out a handful and chew on it.
Philter Red carries a moderate bitterness throughout the mid-palate and onto the finish where it lingers with a peppery bite. It provides just enough of a snap to make you return again for another swig.
Complementing The XPA
The packaging and labelling of this red ale ties into the 80s aesthetic that’s at the heart of the Philter brand. By making the “Red” prominent it places it in that era of beer when products were referred to in such a way, by the colour of their packaging. Think Coopers Red and Coopers Green.
There are quite a few red ales on the market but the packaging of Philter’s certainly makes it stand out. Labelling it as a session ale is a smart move too. This beer will probably play second fiddle to Philter’s XPA but it serves a particular drinker who leans towards a more malt-balanced beer but still yearns for fruity hop aromas.
XPA will certainly take off in pubs around Sydney and perhaps this will too but it certainly works in the cans.
Philter Red would be well paired with any barbecued meats, slow cooked pulled pork or spicy sausages.
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From: Sydney, NSW
Beer style: Red ale
Pair with: Pulled pork sliders in sesame buns
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