The Clarence River is the life flowing through the Clarence Valley region, and the centre of a whole lot of agriculture. Since the hops in Big River XPA exude the fruity character of the orchards lining the Clarence, the name seems to be a fitting homage to the river.
The XPA sits in the glass as a deep, foggy gold, like sunrise mist over the water. Notes of mandarin, apricot and tropical fruit flow freely, with the hoppy fullness being joined by rich biscuity sweetness. This all dances on the tongue before drifting away with just a hint of bitterness left behind, making it a little too easy to drink another and another. But since they’re only 5 percent ABV anyway, you don’t need to feel too worried about having more than one, and can worry instead about what food you’re going to pair with this fruity beauty.
Not that you can go too far wrong - it’ll cut through the grease of a barbecue just as nicely as it’ll match the freshness of peanutty Vietnamese.