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Mix Six Beer May: Red Army

Six variations on a theme to keep your tastebuds tantalised. From hop-centric, malt-derived and sour flavours, this month’s pack showcases the diversity of red beers in both classic and modern forms.

Lervig x Boneyard ‘Viking Blood’ India Red Ale
A collaboration between Norway’s Lervig Brewery and Tony Lawrence of Bend Oregon’s Boneyard Beer. Using a refined red ale as its base, some developed toffee sweetness interacts with added hops to coerce notes of zesty marmalade, red currants and earthy spice from the glass. While only containing a slightly bitter finish, it still manages to be super refreshing.
Norway, $8.50

AleSmith My Bloody Valentine Ale
From the brewers:
This red-blooded cousin of Evil Dead Red Ale, our Halloween Brew, is a beautiful crimson color. Notes of caramel, toast, and bittersweet chocolate balance an intense bouquet of floral hop aromas that we know you’ll fall in love with.

Forget the Hallmark-derived theme, this shoegazing treat presents bold flavours via a delicate brewing approach. Perfectly sized for sharing in any context.
San Diego, $19

8 Wired Sour Poppy
This is essentially the same recipe as 8 Wired’s original ‘Tall Poppy’ except that “a natural, live culture” was used to innoculate the wort, lowering the pH in the process. The result? An increasingly sour beer which closely resembles a Flanders red ale; showing cranberry tartness, subtle malt sweetness, oak spice and savoury complexity.
Warkworth, $14.50

Wolf of the Willows ‘Wolf Blood’ Red IPA
Scotty and Renae McKinnon are very good at beer. Originally a collaborative effort, this second release showcases the duo’s trademark refinement in producing hop-driven beers. It’s lean, tight and restrained but never boring as citrus, pine and stone fruits burst from the glass. A slight sweetness on the palate is cleverly offset by bitter hops on the finish, meaning fans of West Coast IPAs will find huge satisfaction.
Melbourne, $6.50

Rodenbach Vintage 2014
Each year, Rodenbach’s brew master selects the finest barrel of two-year-old ale for the Grand Cru bottling. It’s a complex brew and one which deserves big burgundy glasses and good mates to share with. Notes from the brew master:

Rodenbach Vintage is 100% matured old beer, resulting in superior Rodenbach Grand Cru. Its taste is complex, round, intense and refreshing. Typically, the apple tart fruitiness combines with caramel, wild honey and oak with a hint of vanilla, cherry and liquorice. Its aroma has hints of caramel and oak, as well as notes of green apples mixed with honey and chocolate. The soft sour, fruity aftertaste is long and nicely balanced like a grand cru wine.
Belgium, $38

Forrest Irish Red
From the Otway Ranges comes an altogether rich and spicy Irish red ale, which champions classic malt characters. Think caramel, hazelnuts and toasted grains that leads to a cleansing, bitter finish. Definitely an old-school experience.
Forrest, $7

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