Philter XPA is the first release from one of the new brewing companies on the block in 2017. There’s plenty of experience behind the brand.
Light lemon-gold in appearance, the liquid sits ever so slightly cloudy under a rocky, frothy white head. There’s a great diversity in how beer can look but if you asked a non-beer drinker to describe a beer, this is the picture they’d paint for you.
Pouring from the distinctive and beautiful can (more on that later), the beer erupts up the glass, bubbles swirling as the liquid swells and churns into a hefty top of foam.
A Classic Pub Beer
Aromas of tropical fruit salad prevail. Rockmelon, mango, grapefruit and passionfruit all intermingle and take turns to come to the fore. This beer is all about aromatic hops. While some of these elements pass from the nose to the mid-palate, the fruitiness is balanced by a malt base.
There’s very little bitterness in the beer. It cuts out as you anticipate a bitter bite. Instead there’s a clean and refreshing finish that allows for quaffability.
It’s the kind of beer of which you could easily sink a few schooners in a warm beer garden. When the weather heats up this beer will come into its own.
Philter XPA is perfect to wash down a searing hot, greasy chicken schnitzel and fries (ideally coated in chicken salt). The carbonation is going to lift oils from the palate, while the tropical notes will contrast with the meatiness of the chicken. It’s also just a bloody good pub lunch beer.
Beautiful Can Design
Philter beers come in some of the most beautiful cans currently on the market, particularly from Sydney-based brewers. It has an 80s supermarket brand aesthetic. The typography is as delicious as the beer.
It captures all the wonderful things about beer branding and advertising from a bygone era that were undermined by the bland and boring beer they were selling. Philter appropriates that visual identity and owns it.
From: Sydney, NSW
Beer style: Extra Pale Ale
Pair with: Schnitty in a beer garden
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