The beer you want as you sit out a flood

Central and North Burnett Times - - EASY EATING - with Si­mon Ir­win For more go to myshout@news­re­gional­me­dia.com.au.

THE ques­tion of which beer you would take with you to a de­serted is­land be­came more than idle spec­u­la­tion for some res­i­dents of Rock­hamp­ton dur­ing the flood­ing that fol­lowed Cy­clone Deb­bie’s tour of de­struc­tion.

Un­like the tsunami-like walls of wa­ter or cy­clonic winds that de­stroyed the Whit­sun­days re­gion and took lives in north­ern NSW, a Rock­hamp­ton flood is a much more mea­sured af­fair that al­lows peo­ple time to pre­pare.

Prepa­ra­tions range from mov­ing ev­ery­thing up out of flood reach and stay­ing with friends to lay­ing in enough pro­vi­sions to sit it out for four or five days.

If TV footage is any­thing to go by, the over­whelm­ing choice of drop taken into store by those hardy souls who had opted to sit it out was XXXX Gold and UDL cans of var­i­ous spir­its.

I imag­ine a mid-strength beer would be a good op­tion if you must re­main a bit vig­i­lant for snakes, crocs and un­wanted hu­man vis­i­tors, and I sus­pect a cou­ple of full-strength rums at the end of the even­ing might as­sist in get­ting to sleep in an en­vi­ron­ment of no elec­tric­ity but squadrons of mozzies.

For­tu­nately, un­like the sit­u­a­tion with re­tail­ers of bread and milk in the lead-up to a flood, most liquor out­lets tend not to run out of sup­plies, and this is how Hugh the Neigh­bour and I were able to en­joy the de­light­ful drop that is Gage Road Atomic pale ale.

HTN and I think this is a beau­ti­ful beer. In fact, at the risk of be­ing ac­cused of grow­ing a man bun and go­ing all inner-ur­ban tosspot about it, I reckon this is a “Goldilocks’ beer – not too hoppy, not too malty, in fact just right.

It pours a rich cloudy golden colour in the glass with a rea­son­able head that doesn’t hang around for long.

There is a fresh­ness about it that de­liv­ers some flo­ral hop­pi­ness on a back­bone of toasted malts that doesn’t over­power the palate.

At 4.7% al­co­hol, and 36 IBU it is still a bit­ter beer but doesn’t stray into that mouth-puck­er­ing tart­ness of some US pale ales.

This is a beer for a ses­sion. In fact I would say that it is dan­ger­ously mor­eish.

A beer that will warm you in the colder months to come.

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