BEER: Ninkasi Brewing Company Believer Double Red Ale
6.9%, circa $4.50 for 750ml
Sadly this beer doesn't come to Australia, which makes talking about it something of a tease. But if you're USA bound I'd certainly recommend searching for a long neck of one of these beauties. Win.
What I really like about this is simply the depth of flavour. I'm a massive fan of red ales, but it's as much a marketing term as a beer style these days. Which just makes the full, 'Oktoberfest' style brew even more satisfying.
In the glass (I'm drinking this out of a wine glass. Clearly I can't help myself) this is ochre red in colour (surprise surprise). It smells of caramel malt and fresh hops, leading on to a palate that is toasty and dry, heavy with hoppy bitterness and dried barley flavours. It's long, full and just a fraction heavy, though that length keeps you coming back for more (and the 750ml bottle and 6.9% seems to help that along too).
A proper rich red ale with lots of flavour, alcohol and stuffing, this is certainly not a summer beer, but my bottle is draining at speed regardless. Like it.