In the past couple of months I have really discovered the joy of the Sydney craft beer scene and I got to say: watch out the rest of the country because Sydney is taking the reins. With guys like Doctors Orders, Dennis Brewing, Nomad and the newly opened Modus Operandi turning heads, I can very easily see Sydney taking the mantle of Australia’s best craft beer producer. To add to this list we also have Ekim Brewing, who doesn’t like a beer sporting vikings? I have heard nothing but good things about Ekim and was very excited to come by the Slammer: as a new brewery, their stock isn’t massively available down here in Victoria and anything is a good thing! Brewed with heaps of agave and single hopped with Sorachi Ace hops, let’s see whats in store for with this tequila pale…
Style: Tequila Spiked Pale Ale
Pours a hazy, rich golden amber colour with fluffy white head.
On The Nose:
The tequila spiking really jumps out on the nose: smooth, rich, creamy and warming with lots of spicy, herbacous notes thanks to the agave with dry, zesty lemongrass notes coming from the sorachi ace hops. Also getting some sweet spices like star anise, cloves, and sweet honey with minty/ medicinal characters.
Fresh and crisp, the agave and Sorachi Ace balance fantastically. Getting lots of crisp lime and grapefruit flavour and acidity, creamy malic notes, spicy lemongrass and liquorice with sweet honeysuckle and sweet spices. Finishing in a minerally, steely character.
This is a clever take on the conventional pale ale. Brewed using agave and sorachi ace hops this is a brilliant and harmonious balance of spicy lemongrass and awesome, crisp citrus characters with rich, creamy, herbaceous minty, medicinal and minerally notes. This is brilliantly dry, super refreshing and far too sessionable for its own good: a classic summer brew with all aspects brilliantly integrated. Fingers crossed, Ekim will start making it to Victoria more often because it is delicious!