A traditional example of what a Pale Ale was, but an example of how a Pale Ale hasn’t evolved with current Tastes and Trends.
The Good: This Pale Ale is definitely sharper on the taste buds that what I typically expect from a Pale Ale. For the first beer of the evening it was enough to awaken the taste buds, satisfying and quenching the thirst with ease.
The Bad: With quite a few Pale Ale’s now reviewed on Suburban Brewing, the scents and flavours that we are usually accustomed to just did not come through. In fact the scent I get from this smells more like a lager or session ale than a Pale Ale. Even for your mass produced Pale Ales like Fat Yak or Wild Yak or even Little Creatures, there is definitely more of a Pale Ale “vibe” to those beers than there is to the Yenda Pale Ale. I mean the beer tastes fine and perhaps it is the evolution of what a Pale Ale has become recognised for that has changed, but considering what we have come to expect as a Pale Ale I must admit this was not it.
Enjoyment: To be completely blunt this Pale Ale is one that I would skip next time I am at the bottle shop. To me a good Pale Ale is a staple of what a brewery can do and the Australian Beer Company missed the mark on this one, it tastes like mass produced average beer and not the carefully perfected recipe of a good pale ale that we come to expect from a smaller micro brewery. That being said there are numerous beers that are mass produced that I am a big fan of (Sierra Nevada to name just one), the difference is that the combination of flavours and scents mixed with the sustained duration that a beer has on your tastebuds all makes an impact.