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Pirate Life IPA

Brewery: Pirate Life Brewing
Country: Australia
ABV: 6.8%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: Malts – Pale Malt, Munich and Crystal. Hops – Centennial, Riwaka and Simcoe

Brewer Description: (from website blog) Up until now if you wanted to step up from our Pale Ale you would have to reach for a trusty tall boy of our IIPA. While we would baulk at the suggestion that this is ever a bad thing, there are times where one wants to drink at least four beers without feeling like they have just gone round for round with Boony on a plane trip back from London. So we are happy to announce we have finally bridged the ABV gap with the release of our fourth core range beer: The Pirate Life IPA. Sitting nicely between our Pale Ale and IIPA at 6.8% ABV the IPA has a gentle orange hue and a round, full bodied malt character care of Pale Malt, Munich and Crystal. With our Pale Ale and IIPA having withdrawn most of our funds from the dank bank we thought it was time to make a beer that brought something a little different to the table. Chock full of Centennial, Riwaka and Simcoe our IPA is bright, fruity and full of liquid fun.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.97
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.7

Intro: A 355ml can with a best before date of 21st June 2017. Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.
Appearance: A slightly hazy amber orange colour with a big three finger cream coloured head that had decent retention and left some light lacing.
Aroma: Piney, citrus grapefruit with a hint of tropical mango.
Taste: Bitter citrus grapefruit and orange, a touch of pine and toasty biscuit malt.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: A nice refreshing IPA with great aromas.

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Pirate Life Pale Ale

Brewery: Pirate Life Brewing
Country: Australia
ABV: 5.4%
Style: American Pale Ale
Other Notes: 50 IBUs. Malts – Ale Malt, Caramalt and Crystal. Hops – Mosaic and Cascade

Brewer Description: (from website) The ubiquitous Pale Ale. The workhorse of pretty much any modern brewery. The brief we gave ourselves for our flagship beer was that it should be able to be sent to any bar in San Diego and to stand proudly alongside the many great Pales produced in, and around, the west coast of the US. The schematic for a West Coast Pale Ale is bucket loads of big US hops, full malty backbone and a characterful yeast. That is what this Pale Ale is all about. Enjoy as fresh as possible.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.01
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 355ml can with a hard to read best before date, but I believe it says best before 22nd June 2017. Poured into a Mikkeller stemmed tasting glass.
Appearance: A slightly hazy copper amber colour with a big fluffy three finger off white head that dissipated fairly quickly, leaving some soapy lacing.
Aroma: Piney, citrusy grapefruit, caramel malt with a hint of tropical peach and mango.
Taste: Sweet caramel malt beginning with some tropical and stone fruits. Lightly bitter grapefruit and pine finish.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This is solid! Very easy and enjoyable drinking for any time of day and year.

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Pirate Life Throwback IPA

Brewery: Pirate Life Brewing
Country: Australia
ABV: 3.5%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: 35 IBUs. Malts – Maris Otter, Carapils, Crystal and Wheat. Hops – Crystal, NZ Cascade and Simcoe.

Brewer Description: (from website) We love beer! We love beer so much that we want drink beer pretty much all of the time. Unfortunately the level of alcohol in most beer, with any hint of flavour, has quite the profound effect on us performing as a functioning and productive human. We need a reduced alcohol solution. Enter our Throwback IPA. Designed for intelligent and sexy humans who’d like to be able to throw back a few cans of a zealously hopped ale, endowed with an ample malt chassis, and still get on with their day.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.63
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.5

Intro: A 355ml can with no canned on or best before date, poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.
Appearance: It poured a slightly hazy copper amber colour with a big three finger off white head that held its own for a while before suddenly collapsing on itself, while leaving some lacing.
Aroma: Tropical pineapple and passion fruit with citrus grapefruit, orange and orange peel. There is also some pine notes.
Taste: Strong biscuit malt backed with pine, citrusy grapefruit and orange zest. Nice bitter on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Easy light drinking.

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