Mash Brewing Tiger Balm & Blackbird

Style
IIIPA & Barrel-Aged Barleywine
ABV
10.8% & 9.5%

If you're heading to the Swan Valley this winter, be warned: two monsters are lurking there, each with its own beguiling charm, both threatening a sneaky comeuppance for the careless.

We begin with Tiger Balm, Mash Brewing's new brewer Craig Hill’s soothing and incredibly drinkable double digit IIIPA that sits in the middle of a harmonious Venn diagram of juicy, lean and dry – not to mention a fair whack of bitterness. Mango, sweet mandarin and orange peel, plus a touch of lime marmalade lead with pineapple rings and dank pawpaw – if that's a thing? – rounding out the plush, fruity energy. Reserved piney licks meet balanced-for-size bitterness with a warming booze salve the only hint at the purring delicious danger within.

And then there’s the luscious Blackbird, a Whipper Snapper whiskey barrel-aged barleywine. American oak-derived vanilla and malt layers entwine with prune, fig and soft chocolate, with stave texture and a genial ABV roaming through the lasting finish. Each sip reveals more, then more, and there lies the trap in this liquid birdsong.

Guy Southern

Published July 21, 2023

Name
Mash Brewing
Address

10250 West Swan Rd
Henley Brook
WA 6055

Phone
(08) 9296 5588
Open Hours

Mon to Thurs: 11am to 4pm
Fri & Sat: 11am to late
(Kitchen closes at 9pm)
Sunday: 11am to sunset
(Kitchen closes at 6pm)

Froth Town 2024 B 2
Indies 2024 B

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