This is my first post since before Christmas – because I’ve been on holidays and having too much fun to sit down and write a blog entry.
I know some bloggers will interrupt their holiday to post something but not me. But I have been busy doing research: thr holiday took the family to Canberra and Newcastle and in both places my wife graciously allowed me to indulge my obsession with good beer.
There will likely be a post or two about that but right now lets start the new year rolling with a review of a beer from the mother lode that I brought home from Warner’s at the Bay (I use the word “mother lode” in its seldom used meaning of “17 different beers plus a growler” ( the growler was full of Doctor’s Orders’ Zephyr- and it was awesome. I want some more).
The beer in question is The Motherlode from The Australian Brewery. Now I’m certainly not the first and nor will I be the last to say ‘‘hey, the can makes it look like an energy drink’’. I only mention it here so you know I wasn’t oblivious to the fact The Motherlode looks more like Mother (one of those disgusting ‘‘energy drinks’’ (why do we talk about an excess of caffeine giving us ‘‘energy’’?)) than a beer.
Why did the brewers do this? Buggered if I know – maybe they got a discount on smaller cans. Also, why did the brewers spell it ‘‘motherlode’’ when the correct spelling is ‘‘mother lode’’? Buggered if I know. And my knowledge is likewise buggered when it comes to using the name ‘‘mother lode’’, given that it’s defined as ‘‘a rich source of something’’.
Now the space-deprived Motherlode isn’t a rich source of anything really. At 6 per cent it’s not high in alcohol, there aren’t truckloads of hops and there’s not a whopping heap of malt flavours either. It did have a big head but I suspect that’s more due to being in the boot of my car and driven all the way back from Newcastle.
While it’s not rich in anything, The Motherlode is a tasty ESB. There’s some choice toffee-caramel smells that come from the beer and the caramel is backed up in the taste as well. And it has a nice, soft mouthfeel that is quite welcoming too.
Would I drink it again?: Despite the inappropriate nature of the name, the misspelling and the odd-looking can, I quite liked this beer. It’s a good, solid ESB for me.