New ales on the block

Beer paddle
  • words by Tim Rule

We have scoured the lands of this great state and we’re bringing you these three awesome beers (and more) this month!

First off the cab this month is from Helios Brewing on Brisbane’s south side with their Limited Release Session Hazy Pale Ale. This hazy pale ale has a punchy fruit driven nose from a mix of New Zealand and American hops to start the show off right. The beer pours a hazy burnt orange colour with the pithy citrus and resinous hops gripping the palate, and finishes bone dry with moderate bitterness. This is a great, well rounded pale ale.

Next is a sneaky mid-strength ale from our friends at the Gold Coast Balter Brewing. Balter’s Captain Sensible (such a great name) balances refined malt undertones against vivacious hop notes to round out a full taste and mouthfeel that defies its mid-strength nature. Perfect for those who like to keep a lid on it, but still want to knock back a couple.

And finally there is nothing more truly unique, a Cream Soda sour ale from the innovative minds at Currumbin Valley Brewing. This beer tastes exactly as the name describes – a tart ale with a subtle pop of vanilla and citrus along with a creamy twist. This is a truly unique beer experience in my opinion. I have tried many sour ales in my time and yet these pioneering brewers still seem to find new ways to excite and impress.

A big bravo goes out to all The Queensland brewers out there, keep doing what you’re doing! These three beers and many more are available now at Tap’d Bar at the Prince Alfred Hotel so don’t miss them. Cheers! Tim