Akasha The Mountain & Sequoia

Style
Strong Pale Ale & American Stout
ABV
6.2% & 6.0%

Ever found yourself standing at a bar or bottleshop stuck in an infinite loop of indecision: am I in the mood for a pale ale or IPA? Akasha figured the conundrum presented a legitimate gap in the market so they’ve decided to plug it with The Mountain, a strong pale ale.

This is every bit an Akasha beer. In other words, it’s clean and hoppy as hell. Relatively light in colour, they’ve worked their customary magic on the malt front to give it the kind of strong base which can stand up to a cavalcade of Simcoe, Amarillo and Centennial hops. This gives it plenty of oomph, fills it with pine and a pleasing bitterness. At 6.2 percent ABV it does sit comfortably in that slot between styles (one previously occupied by their XPA) though perhaps not exactly halfway between – you could reasonably argue that this beer is closer to an IPA. Then again, arguments tend to have two sides. Either way, this is solid as a rock. Or mountain.

Similarly large in stature is Sequoia, Akasha’s American stout. It brings to mind the brewery’s 2017 American Stout (minus the arboreal reference) in that it’s not a traditional stout but a very hoppy one. So you’ll find plenty of roast, chocolate, espresso and liquorice character from the malt while the hops add lots of citrus plus a bit of spice and a little floral character. For all that, it’s got a most pleasant creamy feeling in your mouth, which satisfies before allowing the bitterness to finish things off.

Nick Oscilowski

Published July 6, 2018

Name
Akasha Taproom & Brewery
Address

10-12 Spencer Street
Five Dock
NSW 2046

Phone
(02) 9715 7156
Open Hours

Wed & Thurs: 4pm to 8pm
Fridays: 2pm to 8pm
Saturdays: midday to 8pm
Sundays: midday to 7pm

Regular events

Food trucks Fri to Sun
Super Chill Saturdays: Rudderless Records set lists + takeaway case specials + discounted jugs

Tours

By appointment

CBCo Goldy

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