Jump into this Southern Ocean Pale Ale head first! Or should I say thirst? Either way, a bloody good pale if that's your jam, and it'll quench even the mightiest of thirsts.
The Good: A nice malt forward pale that really hits the spot. A classic thirst quencher, this is perfectly suited to a post lawn mow Sunday sesh. I first tried this brew a little while ago at Pistol Pete's in Geelong and memory served me well, this is a great ale to sit on when it's one of those lazy afternoons. Very approachable to the commercial lager lover too.
The Bad: This is really a matter of perspective. It's not bad at all in my mind, some people may look for a little more of a hop profile but I personally don't think that's required here. Could be a question of balance, a little more forward on malt and bitterness than other pales perhaps, but honestly it's all very measured, and I think Southern Bay have pulled it off in fine style.
Enjoyment: Another great pale ale. I've come back to this one, and I'm of the opinion that if it's not your first rodeo with a beer, that's always a good indicator of the level of enjoyment. Pairs well with red meat, brisket etc. I honestly just remember trying this for the first time nursing a hangover and eating a sweet sweet american style burger at Pistol Pete's with our mate Dan. From that first sip I'm back there listening to live blues and feeling good (Well enjoying myself at least - Maybe not feeling the greatest...). I love the bitterness that lingers a little, and the nice malt tastes that are quite unique (At least for me they seem that way). This is an easy drinking, very approachable, no frills pale that I personally think hits the spot in just the right way.
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