Pirate Life Brewing
Hindmarsh, South Australia.
Golden Era Summer Ale ABV 4.7% 355ml Can
Collaboration with the Hilltop Hoods’ record label. Like the Hilltop Hoods’ music, Pirate Life’s Golden Era ale is firm but fair.
For conservative drinkers this golden ale has a muscular grip that will draw you in once you get the beat.
And it’s a beat built around a sustained backbone of Munich malt. Brewers Jack Cameron and Red Proudfoot have tweaked the water’s salt aspect and the result is a full bodied middle with a hint of stickiness, like pub carpet at a Hoods sellout.
The wide-open floor of Weetbix-like maltiness then gives way to the beer’s bouncers, hops, used late in the boil and tending toward fruit and spice rather than bitter.
And the hop varieties – Summer, from Australia, and Amarillo, from the US – represent the Hoods’ key geographic fanbases.
The creamy malt returns to centre stage for a strong finish that snaps dry like a punter’s T-shirt in a summer festival breeze. The alcohol is also moderate (4.7 per cent) so you can stay the melodic course through those long, edgy sets. In a word, more-ish.