Philter XPA
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 12.12.17 on tap
70 / 100
(Very Good)
On tap at the East Sydney hotel to kick off Sydney Beer Week 2017.

Pours a pale gold with steady stream of bead. Head is white, foamy and dense with good tight retention. Lacing is nice. Looks good but has a strange look of really manufactured beer, like it's too perfect. Need dem flaws to remind me it's a real beer.

Smells nice. Hoppy but light, with a slight dry yeasty character as well. Citrus and stonefruit, peach and apricot. Very slight nuttiness as well. Dry and clean; very appealing for a day like this.

Taste is good too; zesty, tangy citric hops throughout, especially on the front. Doesn't get a big fruity note because it's quite dry midway, and gets a little metallic tint before it. The finish is dry, mildly yeasty but not bready or anything, just lightly fizzy and herbal and refreshing. Pretty decent XPA; good hop character and decent clean finish.

Drinks pretty nicely. Slight fizz on the back and mildly bitty. Little thin and carbonated but fine for the style.

Yeah a good starter; nice tang but good refreshing dry finish.
appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | drinkability: 3.75