Malty but mild and flickering with flavour, ol’ smooth Smiling Eyes is a real charmer. Owner Carl wanted to make an Irish red ale as an homage to his Irish heritage, and who can blame him? It’s just the thing for lovers of malt in a Brisbane climate.
In pairing traditional hops (East Kent Goldings) with a less traditional yeast (a kölsch yeast from White Labs, which makes for a super clean fermentation), this beer is all about the malts. They shine with delicate but delicious flavours of dark fruit and toffee, with a touch of caramel and toast. It’s easy on the eyes and easy on the palate, and has a slightly creamy feel in the mouth despite having a light body.
Smiling Eyes would be at home by a crackling fire in a Dublin pub… but I reckon it’s equally pleasing to drink by the pint on a cool Brisbane evening.
- Irish Red Ale