76 / 100
Tried on-tap at GABS 2015 in Melbourne.
Pours the golden colour of costume jewellery, with quite perfect clarity. Body is light and holds streams of carbonation. Head is a fine ring of white that leaves some solid frothy lace behind it. Looks pretty good.
Nose is pleasant enough. Slight sharp hoppiness suggests New Zealand varieties tending almost towards actually being funky with hops. Clean rounded fruit around the edges too. It's more sharp and clean than genuinely potent, but it's pleasant nonetheless.
Clean sharp fruitiness on the front of the palate, maybe something like mangosteen, tending towards a full, fruity mid-palate. Slight hints of sharp, underripe pineapple with a smooth, clean back and a slight linger of hops in the finish. It's quite lovely.
Feel is clean and bright—just right for this type of beer.
It's very, very drinkable, and a beer that I felt like I didn't give enough time to at GABS. This is the type of beer I want to session. If they brew it again, or I ever get myself down to Wagga Wagga, I can see myself happily spending the night with a few more.
61 / 100
Pours a champagne colour, clear with large bubbly white head. Bit thin and still-seeming, but not bad.
Smells fairly fruity and new world. Piney notes with passion, pineapple, pear and peach. Not very bitter but a touch of woodiness to it which acts as a surrogate. Not bad.
Caramel malt upfront that doesn't really build until hops come through late-mid. Passionfruit tang to it, without ever really taking hold. Touch of grapefruit on the finish but nothing else in the way of bitterness or hoppiness in general.
Thin body, decent with just a touch of alcohol noticeable just because there's nothing much of note going on.
I expect more from Thirsty Crow. I think they responded to my tweet saying that it's meant to be subtle which I'm learning at GABS means 'yeah I dun fucked up'. It's just very non-descript and can't stand out at a festival like this.