Thursday, February 6, 2014

Dundee, not a crock but chasing the White Rabbit, Hammer 'N' Tongs (beer).

OH MY GOD! Have you seen how many awesome beers are available these days. It's amazing. And don't even start thinking about how many different ciders on the shelves. Some beers are good, some beers are OK and some beers are just plain awful. Let's get the awful one out of the way first. Like Tasmanian Bitter, Hammer 'N' Tongs is an awful beer. When poured you get a nice creamy head for about one minute. Come back for a second sip and the heads dead, just like the beer. After two minutes the beer is completely flat. There is nothing really "beer" about Hammer 'N' Tongs. It's soft and soapy and also mostly tasteless. I'd rather drink Carlton before forced to drink this stuff. Stay away.

I have been enjoying the occasional White Rabbit for some years now. Like hammer 'N' Tongs it is made in Australia (or is it, maybe more like San Miguel - James Boag and Sons - and a Thailand Brewing company. Could explain why it tastes like SHIT!) Unlike Hammer 'N' Tongs it is an exceptionally good drink. This is a dark ale with a dry finish. Think stout (what some call Guinness) dark, rich flavoured, bitter and full flavoured. I love this Beer for its sheer depth of flavour it's dark creamy texture and satisfying pleasures. Dundee may not be chasing a crock but he would be chasing after this beer because, like White Rabbit, Dundee is a full bodied lushes drop.

Dundee is brewed on New York. Generally I don't like American beers. I think it's the water, seriously. I have only ever liked a few. Budweiser, though not a big favourite of mine, is good for something different, now and then. Dundee Indian Pale Ale is not only a stunning tasting bitter beer but looks a million Dollars straight out of the bottle. It's dark treacle in colour with a rich creamy fine bubbled head. It has a bitter-sweet taste which sits at the back of the pallet and stays there for ages.

I drink it icy cold (typical Ozzie) but I'll bet this beer would taste even better just cool. There is so much flavour it has to give and the depth of flavour just keeps unfolding. A shockingly good beer. A really well crafted American ale. I didn't know they could do it. You must try this beer even if you are not a big beer drinker, you may turn for this one.

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