Red Duck XPA & Orange Mosaic

Red Duck Brewery

Released February 6th, 2018

Why release one XPA when you can take one of the styles de jour in two directions at once? That seems to be the intention with Ballarat's Red Duck who have made a pair of XPAs part of their quartet of canned offerings as they open their 2018 account.

The XPA is based off the brewery’s longstanding Pale, with the recipe tweaked to create a beer with less barley and more wheat, resulting in a beer that's lighter than its predecessor and in line with the growing number of contemporary New World pales on the market. The X in the name presumably refers to the extra hops, with the troika of Chinook, Simcoe and Amarillo delivering flavours of pine, melon and citrus accompanied by a building bitterness along the way.

Mosaic has become the favourite hop of many a brewer, thanks to its ability to create an assortment of flavours and aromas ranging from citrus to berry to all manner of tropical fruits. To further emphasise those tropical notes in Red Duck’s second XPA, the Orange Mosaic, the brewers added both mandarin extract and orange juice and zest. It’s a beer which exudes a juicy combination of flavours, with orange prominent but joined by peach, some tropical touches and a healthy dose of mandarin.

Will Ziebell

Style
XPAs
ABV
4.2% & 4.4%
Bitterness
34 & 26 IBU
Name
Red Duck Brewery
Address

11a Michaels Drive
Alfredton
VIC

Phone
(03) 5332 0723
Website
Hours

Mon to Fri: 10am to 4pm
Sat & Sun: midday to 5pm

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