70 / 100
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.