Long before a significant number of the country's smaller brewers decided to start exploring some of the classic beer styles of the world, rather than banging out hazies and XPAs at great speed, Eagle Bay were focused on doing such things – and doing them well. But when it comes to hybridising a couple of classics to create modern interpretations of interest, well, they seem to reach even greater heights.
Their India Red Lager is one such example. Released as winter turned to spring in WA’s South West, this modern retro style hits the spot in more ways than one. A striking, just-ruby red pour is topped with a light head and even lighter carbonation, carrying a rich aroma profile just so. Salted caramel, candied orange peel, nuttiness and Werther’s Originals are present. All this leads into a palate that is similar but bolstered by a touch of piney bitterness and some residual sugar. Breadiness, caramalts and some herbaceous hop character are all present, too.
Eagle Bay’s IRL spent seven weeks lagering and has retained a stack of both hop and malt flavour as it made its way into cans. It’s achieves a sweet balance of being light and easy drinking on the one hand, full-flavoured and bold in character on the other.
Published October 27, 2022 2022-10-27 00:00:00