Holgate Brewhouse Mountain Mist

Style
Hazy Pale Ale
ABV
5.0%

As summer 2022/3 approaches, it looks like it's going to be a race to the line between pale lagers, fruity sours and hazy pales for the title of most-brewed new release from the country's brewers. Industry pioneers Holgate already have two pale lagers in cans – one of them making the transition last month – while I've long been a fan of their Wild Berry Sour, back from when it was called Blush. And now they've added a hazy pale to the lineup in the shape of Mountain Mist.

The last time I was up a mountain near the brewery it was more a case of the classic British pea-souper – one could barely see beyond the end of one's nose, old chap – and that's the sort of haziness at play here; presumably the name Peaky Pea-Souper failed to make it through the upper echelons of the brewery's marketing department. That appearance is matched by the beer's potency: while the sweetly fruity flavours and aromas are delivered with the cloud-like softness typical of the style, it doesn't dull their impact.

There's both elements of an old school American pale ale – think grapefruit / orange rind and a hint of something herbal – and a sort of tropical sponge-in-a-blender contemporary sweetness in there, while the finish is dry more than bitter. Take some with you on your next hike and, if you get lost in the mist, crack a can and get the SES to follow their noses to find you.

James Smith

Published November 3, 2022

Name
Holgate Brewhouse
Address

79 High Street
Woodend
VIC 3442

Phone
Hotel, Bar and Restaurant: (03) 5427 2510 Brewery Sales: (03) 54 273 522
Open Hours

Seven days: midday to late

Tours

Sat & Sun: 3pm
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