Our customers have been asking for an XPA - and essentially this new version of our pale ale takes it in that direction.

Head Brewer Liam Jackson describes it as 

"A new world, hop forward pale ale featuring Australian and US hops.

Pale in colour, the malt character is very subtle, with barely discernible notes of breadcrust and biscuit.

Although there is a generous palate of citrus peel and tropical fruit, the hop character this beer's defining feature.


The long story:

In Australia, Pale Ale is still the most consumed style out of all the "craft" categories (i.e. excluding mass produced lager).

However, Pale Ale is an incredibly broad term. Here are some facts:

- The "original" Pale Ale was the British Style. It was a lot more malt focused.

- Then the US craft beer movement kicked off around 30 years ago and out of that came the American Pale Ale. Basically, modelled on a British Pale Ale, but they made it more hop focused, using new US hops with flavours of citrus peel and pine. An "APA", according to style guidelines, is also quite bitter.

- Now there are Australian Pale Ales, New Zealand Pale Ales, International Style Pale Ales. How do they differ? They are more based on the American Style, that is, less malt driven and more hop driven, but aren't as bitter as an American Style, and use hops that aren't just American.

Pale Ales don't have to be very Pale in colour. The Pale part in the name originates from the fact they were using "pale malt", not necessarily the finished colour of the beer. Or, if it was about the colour of the beer, then you could argue that anything that was not as dark as a stout could have been considered pale, back in the day!

Our Pale Ale was originally based on the most famous of American Pale Ales - Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. It has a fair amount of caramel malt in it, and uses just one hop - Cascade. This style though is not to most Australian's taste. Brewed true to style, most people would find it too bitter, too dark, too much malt/toffee flavour. We've actually tweaked that beer over the last few years, gradually lightening it, but the change now is a bit more significant, thus why we feel we should communicate it.