The first beer to appear under the Prancing Pony special release range called Thoroughbred was also the first beer to start a buzz about the brewery among beer aficionados in their home state. The India Red Ale is a no-holds-barred beer that ramps up the malt profile (making full use of their much-loved "fire brewed" caramelisation) and the hops in equal measure. Frank's inspiration came from wanting to combine a New World IPA with an "American Imperial Double Red Ale" (trying saying that after a couple of them) and resulted in this full-bodied brew.
It made the pages of the Crafty Pint -penned book "150 Great Australian Beers" in which we said this thoroughbred "would score highly for presentation in dressage, thanks to its deep red colour and dense, lingering head that coats the glass. Tropical, herbal hops merge with caramel atop a full-bodied beer with enough biscuity, toasty malt to carry off the high level of bitterness."
If you plan to pop one on the dining table they recommend pairing with Asian food and curry dishes, blue cheeses and smoked meats. Or, according to the book, Barossa Berkshire pork belly with ginger and orange sauce. Yum.
- 60 IBU