Our resident beer author (greatest job in the world, proper?!) has sipped his means by all the pieces from Emu Export to Barrel-Aged Imperial Porters.
Trying out this week’s sip, Simon Collins provides his verdict on the Tinnie of the Week and whether or not it’s price cracking one with a mate.
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Nail Red Carpet Imperial Red Ale
WHERE’S IT FROM?
WA brewing veterans Nail first rolled out Red Carpet at the Great Australian Beer Spectacular in Melbourne 5 years in the past.
The increased alcohol model of their standard core vary Red Ale, which continues to be a good 6 per cent in contrast to this one’s 8.4 per cent ABV, was such a winner that proprietor/brewer John Stallwood and his crew have launched a recent batch virtually yearly since then.
Unlike different annual releases which can be tweaked due to hop availability, brewer’s whims or just to make it higher, Red Carpet hasn’t modified one iota in the previous couple of years.
Which is nice information for followers however maybe disappointing for folk on social media hoping to s…publish about it not being pretty much as good as final yr.
WHAT’S SO SPECIAL ABOUT IT?
It’s large. It’s crimson. It’s bought a snake on the tin. It drinks such as you’re on the crimson carpet with Bella Hadid or Idris Elba (take your choose). And it tastes even higher.
But significantly, the steadiness of malts (Pale, Cara Red and Munich) with dry-hopped Citra is perfect. Citrus cuts throughout outstanding toffee and caramel malt notes to make this one very easy trip.
Nail’s core vary Red Ale is a ripper, and no slouch at 6 per cent. Red Carpet simply brings all the pieces into brighter and greater focus. Just be cautious of snake chunk.
SHOULD I SHARE IT?
This is an 8.4 per cent however — and, look, let’s be trustworthy — it’s a bloody large crimson banger. No-one will begrudge you having this one all to your self, particularly in lockdown.
WHAT’S THE DAMAGE?
Somewhere in the ballpark of $8 for a single tin and $29 for a four-pack.
4.5 out of 5 … and never far off a perfect rating.
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