Code Red is dan­ger­ously good

Tweed Daily News - - LIFE -

GOLD Coast brewer Black Hops has me see­ing red lately and it has ev­ery­thing to do with what they are do­ing at their Burleigh brew­ery.

With the weather cool­ing off, the Black Hops boys have de­cided it’s also time to add some colour to our lives with their

Code Red Red IPA.

This a won­der­fully bold IPA which is a clever blend of IPA qual­i­ties with a red ale which you might ex­pect from the

Welsh.

This has a rich plum colour with a cream-coloured head and it has a fruity nose with malt notes com­ing through as well.

The true ap­peal of Code Red is that it backs up its ap­peal vis­ually and aro­mat­i­cally with plenty of bold flavour and body, slightly creamy in na­ture.

There’s an ini­tial cit­rus flavour which fills the palate but this gives way in a smooth, well bal­anced na­ture to malt notes with plenty of body. It leaves the palate with a pleas­ant de­gree of bit­ter­ness draw­ing you back for more.

This is a strong beer at 6.2 per cent but that guar­an­tees plenty of body and flavour and while is very strong, it doesn’t hit you hard but does pro­vide a very pleas­ant warm­ing feel­ing go­ing down.

It is slightly heav­ier than nor­mal IPAS but it’s not bloat­ing and that’s where Code Red truly lives up to its name — there should be a Code Red warn­ing on how ap­peal­ing this brew is be­cause of its ses­sion­abil­ity — par­tic­u­larly in the cooler months.

I think this would go well with glazed ham or ribs with rich sauce. It might even go well with a strong cheese to add to the body and flavour of the beer.

This is def­i­nitely one Code Red that I would like to hap­pen on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

MY TIP

Serve cold, not chilled, and in a brandy bal­loon-style glass to ap­pre­ci­ate its many qual­i­ties. At around $20 per 375ml 4 pack of can, it’s a qual­ity beer worth track­ing down and most bot­tle shops.

ONCE a year in By­ron Bay, the Stone & Wood team show good taste in help­ing the en­vi­ron­ment while have a good time do­ing it with their an­nual Fes­ti­val of the Stone.

This year, the fes­ti­val will be held on June 9 at the Stone & Wood pi­lot brew­ery and will see the re­lease of their lim­ited sea­sonal win­ter Stone Beer in a night of cel­e­bra­tion that will in­clude good food and live mu­sic while rais­ing funds for Big Scrub Land­care.

Brewed eight weeks ear­lier, the beer hon­ours the an­cient tech­niques of brew­ing — by adding wood fired stones to the ket­tle to rouse the boil, the malt char­ac­ters are in­ten­si­fied, which con­trib­utes to the beer’s roasted caramel aroma that’s bal­anced with a warm­ing, full bod­ied co­coa flavour.

Fam­ily friendly, the fes­ti­val is about bring­ing the com­mu­nity to­gether. There will be a kids area ‘Malt Dis­ney’ with tunes for the kids to dance along to, as well as crafts and en­ter­tain­ment from the Spaghetti Cir­cus.

Sign up on the fes­ti­val web­site: www.fes­ti­val­ofthe­stone.com to be no­ti­fied when pre-sale tick­ets come on­line for Fes­ti­val of the Stone hap­pen­ing on Satur­day, June 9 from 3pm — 10pm at Stone & Wood’s brew­ery in By­ron Bay.

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