Australian craft brewers have developed a knack for getting creative with the names of their beers, but Mornington Peninsula Brewery have bucked this trend, naming their IPA…IPA (others in their catalogue are “Pale”, “Witbier”, “Porter”, and “Brown”). They seem a no frills sort of brewer – in rugby league terms, they’re more Paul Gallen hit-em-up-smash-em-down than a fancy Benji Marshall flick-pass-side-step – but does this image come through in their beers?
Their IPA is dark orange in colour, very cloudy (with obvious pieces of sediment), and has a thick frothy head. Stone fruits and grainy aromas come through, leading to a woody taste with hints of spices and pines and good amount of bitterness. It comes in a fraction over-carbonated for my liking, but that doesn’t take away from the overall quality of this beer.
I’ve always heard that the Mornington Peninsula is a great place to go, and if this beer is anything to go by then that’s certainly true. Their IPA is a good brew – apart from it being a fraction over-carbonated, the balance of flavours throughout the beer is perfect, and matches the IPA style perfectly.
Drunk: from the bottle