Where did it come from?: Steamrail, the brewing arm of Coles. Which means I bought it at Liquourland – a Coles-owned bottle shop. Bought a few bottles on my lunch break, which meant I had to carry them back to the office careful lest they clink together and everyone knows I’ve just bought beers on my lunch break.
What’s it like?: Average. There are some nice biscuity malt flavours and aroma too. But the label promises citrus hop characters and I don’t get any of that. It’s almost like whoever wrote the description did so based on the phrase “Summer Ale” rather than actually trying the beer. Because you expect fresh fruit notes in a summer ale, don’t you?
Why do you like it?: I don’t. Given it was a summer ale – which tend to be lighter – I was hoping it would be similar to Steamrail’s Gold Digger, which I really like. But no.
Okay, now you can tell the story you think is funny/interesting?: The name of the beer seemed appropriate given Tony Abbott’s travails this week. But, according to the label, it’s got nothing to do with Tony. What the label says is this – ‘‘Legend has it that a northern beaches head lifeguard caught his life savers smuggling beers in their swimming costumes from the surf club. From that day forward the surf club were made to wear tight red togs, putting an end to the era of the full-length cossie’’.
Of course, it’s total bullshit – all the Steamrail descriptions are obviously made-up. Still, I reckon they should have gone with the Abbott reference.
Anything else?: Nope, can’t think of anything.
Categories: Beer of the Week