Some­one has been mess­ing with my beer

The Chronicle - - TASTE - with Si­mon Ir­win

REG­U­LAR read­ers of this col­umn will have seen Hugh the Neigh­bour and I re­fer to Goldilocks beers, those all too rare bev­er­ages that are “just right”.

As al­ways, what con­sti­tutes “just right” is en­tirely de­pen­dent on the palate and tastes of the per­son do­ing the tast­ing, but usu­ally what works for HTN also ap­peals to me. We had another Goldilocks mo­ment last week­end only this was the other end of the spec­trum, with one beer be­ing too bland, and the other so fruity it tasted like juice rather than ale.

First up was the low-carb Tooheys Ex­tra Dry, TED.

As the first beer af­ter a day of do­mes­tic toil The Ted was most def­i­nitely wel­come, but af­ter the drink cut a trail down the gul­let, and some thought was ap­plied, it came up short for HTN and me.

You could get a faint hint of malti­ness and hops, but re­ally, there was not a lot there.

Pos­si­bly a beer for those who don’t like the taste of beer. The sec­ond beer was the lat­est in­ven­tion from the usu­ally on point team at James Squire.

Tall Tale Trop­i­cana Spring Ale is touted by Hay­den Mor­gan, the head brewer at Squire, as “a uniquely re­fresh­ing brew en­hanced with trop­i­cal fruit and hops”.

“En­hanced” may be the un­der­state­ment of the year. This beer reeks of pas­sion­fruit and guava, the hops cer­tainly adding another layer of com­plex­ity to, for mine, an al­ready over­crowded palate.

I know fruit beers have been around for a long time and re­mem­ber with some fond­ness a Bel­gian cherry dessert beer.

But for Hugh and I the fruit com­pletely over­pow­ered the ex­pe­ri­ence, which meant it was a beer to try as a nov­elty rather than set­tle in for a ses­sion.

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