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Jaxon IPA

Pours a slightly cloudy* dark amber colour. The head is large and foamy, made up of extremely fine bubbles which fade away to a thick cap.

First sip: Lots of toffee malts with a faint hint of coffee. Mild hops taste at first, but it builds into a very long-lasting, almost pine resin hoppyness on the back of the tongue. Mouth-feel is medium, slightly creamy, and a little astringent, with a mild carbonation tingle on the tongue.

Oh, this is a yummy beer. It is perfect for hot Summer days. And, as I discover, hot Autumn days. I think this is the perfect BBQ beer, but I may be a little biased about this because I am using it to wash down a left-over sausage and hot mustard sandwich**. Like the Brewbacca last episode, I could easily smash a six pack of this - and then fall over because the wobbly boots get me*** - because oh boy does it go down easily. Even so, it is worth taking time to drink because the beer tastes better was it warms slightly in the glass - the malt becomes more prominent and you become used to the hops. It is very English that way.


Jaxon IPA
Badlands Brewery, Orange NSW
5.6% alc/vol
500ml bottle

*Or very cloudy if you pour in all the beer and yeast. Can't be Wasting Beer.
**Left over sausages from dinner last night. Not left-over sandwiches. Just wanted to make that clear.
***That's 3 litres of 5.6% beer!

Jaxon IPA

Same again, sir? Yes please!
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Brebacca Kolsch
A dapper Brewie.

Pours a very pale, clear* yellow. The head is large and foamy, and fades away to a thick cap rather than lacing.. A lot of carbonation visible in the glass.

First Sip: a lot of mild, biscuity, almost sweet malts, with a brief citrus lemon flavour. Very mild but long lasting hops on the swallow. Mouth-feel is medium and a bit creamy** and slightly astringent, with a nice carbonation tingle.

Badlands claim they follow the German purity laws but I argue that if they did, they wouldn't call this a Kölsch. It wasn't brewed in Cologne, so it can't be a Kölsch; it's a Kölsch-style. Kölsch is a very yummy beer.

This is a very yummy beer. It reminds me of the afternoon in front of P J Fruh brewpub in Cologne, Brauerei Früh am Dom, washing down a kurrywurst mit pomme frites with the haus bier. What a glorious afternoon that was. And the weather was a lot cooler. I love this beer; I could drink it until I get the wobbly boots. Next time I go to Orange I will certainly get a sixpack. And a meal containing more bacon than I could eat in a week, but that's another story.

Brewbacca Kolsch
Badlands Brewery, Orange NSW
4.9% alc/vol
500ml bottle

*if you are careful. There is yeast sediment in the bottle, so if you get it wrong you pour a very pale, cloudy yellow.
** when you pour the sediment in, otherwise you are Wasting Beer.

Brebacca Kolsch

Same again, sir? Oh my word yes.
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Another brew from The Badlands

Heaps Hoppy Kiwi Pale

Pours a very pale, slightly cloudy amber The head is small and fades to a thin lacing.

First sip: Mild malts and citrus flavours almost overwhelmed by hops. The hops flavours are not overly strong but linger for some time. Mouth-feel is thin, slightly astringent, with a mild carbonation tingle on the tongue.

I was expecting the "WAH! HOPS!" hit of Sierra Nevada Torpedo , but no, this is quite mild by comparison. There is a lot of hops in it - Heaps hoppy! - but maybe the Kiwi hops are a milder variety. I wouldn't normally enjoy a beer like this...

but...

It's 43C/110F degrees outside. THIS BEER IS EXACTLY WHAT I NEED. It goes down massively easily and provides hydration, nutrients, and sugars. This beer is GOOD FOR YOU. I am really, really enjoying this brew. I know the weather is affecting my judgement but I don't care. . I wish I had a six-pack.

Heaps Hoppy New Zealand Pale Ale
Badlands Brewery, Orange NSW
4.2% alc/vol
500ml bottle

Heaps Hoppy Kiwi Pale

Same again sir? Oh so very yes! Make them cold.
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Another brew from my favourite microbrewery.

U-Boat Lager

Pours a slightly cloudy pale gold, with some carbonation visible. The head is medium and fades away quickly.

First sip: Strong malts and citrus up front, with a medium-strength grapefruit after-taste. Very mild hops linger on the tongue after the swallow. Medium and slightly astringent mouth feel. Slightly foamy carbonation tingle on the tongue.

It's 40C outside, and 32 inside under the evap a/c. I haven't had a beer for days. Also, it is a very yummy beer. This probably explains why a third of the glass vanished in the first sip. And it *is* a yummy beer. On a day like today I didn't want a heavy, warming brew. I needed something cooling, and U-Boat hit the spot. The label is right; one sip of this and I wanted to sink a schooner.

U-Boat German Lager
Badlands Brewery, Orange NSW
5.2% alc/vol
500ml bottle

U-Boat Lager

Same again, sir? Yes please!

U-Boat Lager

Don't mention the war
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Q: What's worn under the kilt? *
Draughty Kilt Scottish Ale


Pours a dark amber colour with a large tan head. A small amount of carbonation is visible.

First Sip: Lots of dark roasted malts with a mild coffee flavour. Extremely mild hops which only appears as an after-taste. Medium mouth-feel with a mild carbonation tingle on the tongue.

Oooh this is a yummy beer. It's not too fizzy, and has a lot of good, solid malts. Even the beer burp is nice. I don't think I could ever grow tired of this brew. It would put hairs on yer sporran.
Badlands Draughty Kilt Scottish Ale
Badlands Brewery, Orange NSW
5.1% alc/vol
500ml bottle

Draughty Kilt Scottish Ale

Same again, sir? Juss kip tha bevvies coomin, ya bastid.

*A: Nothing! It's all in perfect working order.
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Badlands Brewery Pale Ale

Pours a clear golden colour with a foamy, medium sized head. some carbonation is visible in the glass.

First sip: Bready malts and grapefruit citrus up front, with a very long lasting mild hops after-taste. Medium mouth-feel with a slightly foamy carbonation tingle on the tongue.

This is very easy to drink - as in "I'll just have a sip bloody hell where did half the glass go?" easy to drink. It just goes down that easily. This is a nice beer; a good one for hot summer's days while you watch the Cricket*. It's not heavy so wrecking a six pack would be effortless. It is a nice ale.

Badlands Pale Ale
Badlands Brewery, Orange NSW
4.6% alc/vol
330ml bottle

Badlands Brewery Pale Ale

Same again, sir? Yes please.

*Australia vs Pakistan Test Match, Day 1, in case you're wondering.
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Badlands Brewery Darkness

Pours a deep, near opaque red with small tan head. No carbonation is visible.

First sip: Mild, dark malt which fade quickly to leave a lingering coffee and dark chocolate after-taste. Mouth-feel is light to medium, with a faint carbonation tingle on the tongue.

This is a very nice brew. Not as bloody-hell-this-is-nice as the IPA, but still very, very good. It is definitely a winter beer; best supped in front of the fire on a cold day. Not so good on a warm 30 degree November afternoon. When I say "not so good," I would never refuse one if it were offered, even if I was a teenager.

Badlands Brewery Darkness

Darkness London Porter
Badlands Brewery, Orange NSW
4.7% alc/vol
500ml bottle

Badlands Brewery Darkness

Same again, sir? YES!
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Badlands IPA

Pours a slightly cloudy copper colour. The head is beige, large and very foamy Some carbonation is visible.

First sip: BLOODY HELL THAT'S NICE! I mean, very malty, with a faint grapefruit citrus taste. Moderate hops taste which fades to a mild, lingering bitterness. Mouth-feel is medium and creamy, with a mild carbonation tingles on the tongue. Nice beer-burp.

Now. Bloody hell, that's nice. My "first sip" sucked down a quarter of the glass. On the bottle this is labelled as "dangerously drinkable." They are right! This beer is a yummy, yummy beer!

Badlands Brewery is a local brew-pub. It is a part of the Agrestic Cafe and Second Mouse Cheese Company. The cheeses are made from the Little Big Dairy Co whole milk, a Dubbo dairy. The cafe sells food that is mostly sourced locally. [profile] thefoxaroo had a gluten-free vegetarian meal, plus my baked beans. I had the Ploughman's Breakfast - sausage, egg, fried mushrooms, fried tomato, spinach, fried halumi cheese, smashed avocado, baked beans, sour dough toast, and more bacon than I would eat in a week. When it arrived I just stared at it in disbelief, then I gave away the baked beans. It. Was. Awesome. And it defeated me.

Cheese factory, brewery, cafe, less than a 2 hour drive from home. I have found my favouritest place in the world. I hope the other beers I bought are as good as this.

Badlands IPA
Badlands Brewery (no content, under construction)
5.2% alc/vol
330ml bottle

Badlands IPA

Same again sir? Yes! Oh yes! More!
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Shepherd & Neame Double Stout

Pours a very dark brown. The head is thick and foamy, and gradually fades away. The beer is opaque in the glass so carbonation is not visible.

First Sip: dark roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee flavours. There is a mild, lingering bitterness. Mouth-feel is medium, with a dry finish.

This is very nice, but not what I expected. Usually I can't get enough of a stout but this is one I need to be in the mood for. I don't think it would be terribly hard to make is a regular brew, especially on cold winter nights, but I still prefer Sheaf Stout. *half a glass later* I really am enjoying this beer now that it has warmed a little. The malts are becoming stronger and I'm growing used to the dry finish.

Double Stout
Shepherd Neame & Co, Faversham Brewery.
5.2% alc/vol
500ml bottle

Shepherd & Neame Double Stout

Same again sir? Yes, but not right now.
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Shepherd Neam & Co IPA<

Pours a deep, clear copper colour with little visible carbonation. The head is small with fine bubbles.

First sip: Mild sweet malts that fade away quickly, with a light but very long lasting hops. There is also a faint fruit flavour, with a fainter nutty taste. Medium mouth-feel, with a nice carbonation tingle on the tongue.

This is a yummy beer. It's your typical English ale, in that it needs to be kept cool but not icy cold, because it gets better as it warms in the glass. And those hops just go on forever without being all WAH HOPS! like some IPAs. There's nothing wrong with lots of hops but I don't think making your beer taste like raw pine resin is a Good Thing. (Looking at you, Urquell) I do appreciate the understated but endless hoppyness of this brew. And it has a nice beer burp.

Thing 1: It really does get better as it warms
Thing 2: Vintage Cheddar
Thing 3: IPA and Vintage Cheddar while watching the Bathurst 1000 car race = a good afternoon.

India Pale Ale
Shepherd Neame & Co, Faversham Brewery.
6.1% alc/vol
500ml bottle

Shepherd Neam & Co IPA

Same again. sir? Oh yes!
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I said right at the start of this that I would try All The Beers, even Fosters. Let's get it over with.

Fosters Classic Lager

Pours a clear pale golden colour with a medium head. Lots of carbonation visible.

First sip: A mix of sweet and grainy malts, with a very mild hops bitterness that seems to wash away quickly. No real after-taste. Medium to thin mouth feel, with medium carbonation on the tongue.

To be fair, this isn't the usual Fosters Lager. Apparently Carlton United went back to the original Fosters recipe of 1888 to produce this. They should never have left it, because Classic Lager is better than Fosters Lager. Better, in the way a poke in the eye with a blunt stick is better than a poke in the eye with a slightly sharper blunt stick. So let's say something positive about this beer:

It's ... a beer. And I will finish the glass instead of pouring it down the sink.

And...

...

No, that's about it.


Fosters Classic Lager
Carlton United Brewery
4% alc/vol
330ml bottle.

Fosters Classic Lager

Same again, sir? No.
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Coopers 62 Pilsner

Pours a crystal clear. light straw colour. The head is medium sized and thick. A lot of carbonation visible in the glass.

First sip: A lot of grain malt and... something else? It's a bit sour but not citrus. Some hops up front but does not linger. Actually, nothing seems to linger, all the flavours wash away. Mouth feel is light and a bit watery, with a light carbonation tingle on the tongue.

This is highly drinkable and goes down easily, but it's not interesting. I'd hardly call it a pilsner - more like a lager. Which is a shame because Coopers makes really nice lagers much better than this. As a pils, this is so thin a mild cheese easily overwhelms it. Very disappointing.

62 Pilsner
Coopers Brewery, South Australia
5% alc/vol
355ml bottle

Coopers 62 Pilsner

Same again, sir? Meh.
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Sail & Anchor Amber Ale

Pours a copper colour with a large, foamy white head. No carbonation visible in the glass.

First Sip: A lot of lemon citrus up front, with a small taste of malt. The lemon hides the hops - lots of citrus on the back of the tongue that fades to the crisp, dry hop flavours. Medium mouth feel with a mild carbonation tingle on the tongue.

Not what I expected for an amber ale. There is a lot of citrus in this one, but not so much that you can't drink it. It's very refreshing, but not in a beery way, and highly drinkable. It really does go down easily. It's an excellent warm day brew.

A mild cheddar cheese works well with this one - anything stronger would kill the beerness.

Amber Ale
Sail & Anchor Pub Brewery, Fremantle Western Australia
5% alc/vol
345ml bottle

Sail & Anchor Amber Ale

Same again, sir? Yes.
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Gage Road Single Fin Summer Ale

Pours a slightly cloudy, pale gold colour with a small head.

First Sip: Strong bready malts and grapefruit citrus, with a mild hops that linger long after the swallow. Mouth feel is medium with a light carbonation tingle on the tongue. Nice beer burp.

This summer ale goes down very easily, and quite quickly. It's a great hot weather beer, and good to drink any time - even on damp late-autumn days like today. I don't find myself drinking it in sips. I seem to be drinking it in big gulps and enjoying a mouthful of malts and grapefruit flavours. It's nice - almost a yummy ale. I found this bottle in the cheap bin at Dan Murphy's, reduced to $1 per bottle because it's almost at the best before date. That was $1 well spent, I can tell you. It also goes brilliantly with really cheap blue-vein cheese found in the "Reduced To Clear" fridge at Woolworths. ($2, reduced from $8. What's it going to do after the Best Before date? Go moldy?)

Single Fin Summer Ale
Gage Roads Brewing Co., Palmyra Western Australia
4.5% alc/vol
330ml Bottle

Gage Road Single Fin Summer Ale

Same again, sir? Yes please!
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Yenda Golden Ale

Pours a clear golden colour with lots of bubbles visible in the glass. The head is white, medium in size, and bubbly.

First sip: Very mild malt, with mild citrus and a little hops up front. Extremely faint hops on the back of the tongue, which gradually builds up to not much. Mouth-feel is light to medium with a nice carbonation tingle on the tongue.

This beer is... beery. And drinkable. And nice enough, but it's boring. If today was very hot, this would be a really good dying-for-a-beer-in-summer brew. It's not a good beer for mid-winter where you want something a little heavier and tastier you can quaff in front of a fire. It's not a bad beer, but it's not a great beer. South Australia brews great beers and this isn't one of them.

How do you get a boring beer?

Yenda Golden Ale

Yenda Golden Ale
Australian Beer Company
4.2% alc/vol
330ml bottle

Same again, sir? Umm... Yes. No. Maybe? Meh.
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Hawthorn Pale Ale

Pours a pale golden colour. The head is medium in size and fades quickly to a thin lacing. A lot of carbonation is visible through the glass.

First Sip: moderate malt, with a mild citrus flavour, and a very mild but pleasant hop bitterness as an after-taste. The mouth-feel is medium with a carbonation tingle on the tongue.

I found this sixpack in the cheap-bin at Dan Murphy's. And what a find! It's really nice and cooling on a day like today (35C with a hot wind). The flavour is not overly strong in any direction. It's just a nice, mild beer I could easily drink all day without getting sick of it. It's a nice beer. And I bet it would kill a hot curry nicely.

Hawthorn Pale Ale
Hawthorn Brewing Co. Victoria
4.75 alc/vol
330ml bottle

Hawthorn Pale Ale

Same again sir? Yes.
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4 Pines Hefeweizen

Pours a slightly cloudy golden colour with a moderate amount of carbonation visible in the glass. The head is small and fades away to a thick lacing.

First Sip: Mild malts, and rather a lot of fruit with a creamy feel. Very mild hops which lingers for quite some time. Mouth-feel is medium to a little thin. A lot of carbonation tingle on the tongue.

This is a rather nice brew - not heavy but not too light. It's refreshing for a very hot day. On the other hand, it's not one to rave about. I bought my six-pack from the cheap bin at Dan Murphy's. It's highly drinkable but not so good that I'd pay full price for it.

Hefeweizen
4 Pines Brewing Company
5.2% alc/vol
335ml bottle

4 Pines Hefeweizen

Same again, sir? Yes.
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And finally, after all the medical issues and drug-taking, I can return to my drug of choice.

Alpha Pale Ale

Pours a dark amber colour with a medium, but long lasting head. Small amount of carbonation visible, made up of very fine bubbles.

First Sip: Predominantly citrus grapefruit, with a very mild malt and toffee sweetness. The after-taste is lingering, mostly of medium hops and mild pine-resin. Medium mouth-feel with a nice carbonation tingle on the tongue.

This is a rather nice brew for a hot Summer's day. Not too complicated, not too hoppy, refreshing, and goes down very easily when the temperature is anything above "warm." It's highly drinkable, but not more-ish. However I would happily take this brew if it were on offer, and would not be wondering if there was anything else to drink. The label does go on about the hops, but this brew is mild compared to some Pales I've tried. It does not have the "WAH! HOPS!" impact some of the pales have. I like it. AND, it goes very well with some cheddar.


Alpha Pale Ale
Matilda Bay Brewing Co, Melbourne
5.2% alc/vol
345ml bottle

Alpha Pale Ale

Same again, sir? Yes please!
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Rogue Chocolate Stout

Pours black and thick and opaque, like a very strong coffee. The head is tan, small and long lasting. No carbonation visible in the class... not much of anything is visible in the glass, just black. A white LED behind the glass shows up as a faint ruby glow on the other side.

First sip: Heavy, slightly bitter chocolate and coffee flavours up front with mild malts. Nice hoppy bitterness that lingers. Mouth-feel is thick and creamy with a faint carbonation tingle on the tongue. The beer burp is very nice.

This stout is like washing down a mouthful of Lindt 90% cocoa-mass dark chocolate with a black coffee. But, unlike the Lindt chocolate which kills and chocolate cravings with one square, this is highly drinkable and more-ish. As the beer warms in the glass, the dark roasted malts become stronger and the bitterness decreases.* It is a little too heavy to drink on its own; it needs a munchy to go with the quaffing - crisps, or cheese, or toast. I had toast, with Vegemite of course. Oh my goodness, eat toast and Vegemite while you drink this!

Note to self: add some to chocolate ice-cream next time I buy some.

This is a yummy beer.

Chocolate Stout
Rogue Ales, Oregon
5.8% alc/vol
650ml bottle (3.3 standard drinks, and I drank it all! AAAAH HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH! *burp*)

Rogue Chocolate Stout

Same again, sir? OH YES PLEASE!



*or I became used to the bitterness.
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The Australian Pale Ale

Pours a very pale, slightly cloudy straw colour with a large head. A lot of carbonation visible in the glass (read: fizzy)

First Sip: Rather a lot of citrus, particularly grapefruit, and mild bready malts. There is a long lasting, very mild hops bitterness. Mouth-feel is thin and a little gassy.

Having said that, I would most definitely drink this again. It's highly refreshing, and would make an excellent hot day brew; certainly better than the usual macro-swill on offer here. The grapefruit taste is a bit of a shock at first but I got used to it quickly and could continue getting used to it. It's called "The Australian Pale Ale" but it is an American Pale Ale, using Australian hops. This is a Nice Beer. DOES NOT REQUIRE CHEESE!

... I've looked at their website. I must go here.

The Australian Pale Ale
Australian Hotel & Brewery Sydney
4.2% alc/vol
335ml can

The Australian Pale Ale

Same again, sir? Yes please!

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