From Burleigh Brewing in Burleigh Heads in Australia comes their “FIG JAM IPA”. In Australia FIG JAM is an acronym for Fuck I’m Good, Just Ask Me. Gotta love a cocky brewery! The Beer pours a copper colour with a white head. The aroma consists of stone fruit, caramel and floral hops. The flavour is of brown sugar, caramel, sweetness, citrus, lemon, pineapple, stone fruit and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 70. I quite enjoyed this and I am happy I got the chance to try it. I am glad my friends and family buy me Beer on their travels.
Commercial Description: Traditionally, India Pale Ales (IPAs) were brewed extra strong and hoppy to last the long journey by boat from England to India. These days, we brew ours that way because we love it. And, you know, for history and nostalia… The incredible balance of Burleigh Brewing FIGJAM India Pale Ale belies its 7.0% abv and 70IBU IPA statistics. The fine balance of malt, hops and alcohol is deftly managed through five separate hopping phases, delivering the classic IPA characters of floral hop aromas and a distinctive hop character on the finish. All the ‘punch’ of an IPA, carefully delivered with Burleigh Brewing’s trademark balance.
From Fremantle Australia’s Little Creatures Brewing comes their “Pale Ale”. Little Creatures is one of these little breweries owned by large corporations (Kirin Brewing Company which is in turn owned by Mitsubishi). The beer pours a cloudy amber/orange colour with an off white head. The aroma of the beer is of malts, citrus and floral hops. The flavour is of citrus, malts, floral hops that has a mild bite. The alcohol content of this brew is 5.2% and the IBU is 40. This is a bottle conditioned beer. I quite enjoyed this beer and would pick it up again if I find it for sale in Metro Vancouver again.
Commercial Description: Little Creatures was a brewery born to make Pale Ale, a style that had very quiet voice in Australia when we started but one that we were sure would soon touch the hearts of Australian beer enthusiasts. When Little Creatures was merely a twinkle in our eyes there were two hop varieties coming out of the North West of the US that really took our fancy; Cascade and Chinook hops. These hops packed an addictive punch and gave rise to the super hoppy American Pale Ale, a style that inspired us way back when and continues to inspire us as certified hopheads today!
Preservative and additive free our Pale Ale is live-yeast conditioned for unmatched freshness and character and takes about six weeks from brewing to being released.