Code Red is dangerously good
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
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.
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.