Batch Brewing Co
from Australia (New South Wales)
Highest RatedCampos Milk Stout (66 / 100) Average score61 / 100 (Decent)
Lowest RatedAmerican Pale Ale (46 / 100) Number Tried9
A Currant State of Infusion
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 15.08.17 on tap
61 / 100
A dark sour coffee beer with currants, brewed for GABS festival 2017. Tried at the festival in Melbourne in a sampler.

Pours a dark brown colour, clear body with a nice foamy beige head that doesn't stick around. Looks alright.

Smells coffee, sweet, roasty. A little like an Asian milk coffee - noticeable coffee roast but dominated by sweet and light characters. Alright.

Tastes similar, like those Asian coffee lollies you used to get. The Kopiko things, like that espresso roast but also big sweetness. At least upfront; towards the mid and late it's tart and citric, with a slightly vinous note as well. Not sure about the blend, but the elements making it up are OK.

Decent mouthfeel, modest presence.

Not too bad, but there's some off characters in that weird roasty-sweet-sour mix.
appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.25
Trippy Hippy Citra XPA
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 23.02.17 in bottle
57 / 100
Bottle bought by Chris and shared with the mad lads down the south coast.

Pours a pale golden colour, somewhat cloudy. Head is small, quite bubbly and doesn't really stick around. Lace is not bad but not amazing. Not bad.

Smells like citra. Passionfruit, pawpaw, yeah fruit salad and tropical aroma. Decent hoppy aroma, delivers what it promises. But nothing else on there except for citra.

Taste is reasonably grainy upfront with some cereal notes, fairly porridgey with a slight earthy note. Midway is all fruity hops, slight kiwi and lime notes but mostly tropical with mango and pawpaw. Finish is somewhat bitter but very short. Doesn't really go anywhere. Yeah, it's like a citra-hopped pale ale. This is what citra does. It needs something else, some cascade or a NZ hop or something that has more substance, especially in the bittering stakes and the lasting bittering stakes.

Not bad, some drying hop character, not a whole lot of body though.

Falls into the same trap as every beer that leans on citra. It will probably be popular but it feels insubstantial and hollow to me, just fruity and sweet.
appearance: 3.25 | aroma: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.25
Marrickville Pork Roll
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 11.08.16 on tap
64 / 100
Non-descript beer designed to mimick a Vietnamese Banh Mi roll - brewed with cucumber, carrot, coriander, chilli, pork broth and Sorachi Ace hops - for GABS 2016. Tried there on tap.

Pours a champagne colour, quite cloudy. Cream-coloured head, sparsely foamed out. Odd pink tinge to the body. Not bad, but weird.

Carrot and coriander on the nose for sure. Big herbal note and a touch of clove as well. Slight honeyed tinge to malts. Smells savoury, and vegetative, for the most part.

Grainy upfront, then tastes savoury, meaty. Slightly vinegary twist of tang towards the mid. Touch of smoke and some spice, especially on the back with a bit of a phenolic character and some earthy fennel-coriander notes as well. Slight lick of chilli warmth as well. Odd, but ultimately not bad.

Full body, yeah I think that pork broth lends this some substance that the non-descript beer underneath might not have. But then I wouldn't know.

Interesting savoury drop. It does what it says. The heat on the back is welcome and enjoyable. Look I had no expectations, or I expected bad things from this, but it's actually quite enjoyable if only in a curiosity kind of way.
appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | drinkability: 3.75
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 09.03.15 on tap
63 / 100
On tap at the brewery.

Pours a pale yellow, somewhat green-tinged. Nice bead feeding a dying head, off-white colour, nice enough retention. Looks OK.

Smells fruity, pleasant enough. Decent orange, citrus notes with a touch of passionfruit, then big green tea at the back. Kind of mutes it all a bit. Decent, but just goes away.

Taste is interesting. Decent fruit notes upfront that give big mango flavour, notes of peach as well, then finish is fairly clean, tea notes are subtle but what's not subtle is the yeast cutoff which is unfortunate. Kind of bitter early, otherwise a little bland.

Bit of buzz from the carbonation is actually the saviour. Decent malt base that gets texture from the carb. Quite palatable.

A bit bland; could use more flavour on the back and just character generally.
appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.0 | drinkability: 3.5
American Pale Ale
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 09.03.15 on tap
46 / 100
(Not Great)
On tap at the brewery.

Pours a pale amber colour with yellow tinge. Head is nice; off-white with decent lace trails left behind. Some bead that looks OK. Pretty good.

Smells more malty than hoppy; not what I'd expect from the style. Lots of caramel sweetness with vanilla cake batter character, a hint of citric hops at the back with a touch of lychee. Could have used more of that.

Taste is a bit more hoppy. Fair malty char upfront with a bit of sweetness, gets sour and bitter from hops which aren't pronounced but have some presence on there. Dank, grapefruit character with a touch of wood resin on the back. Sharp finish. Fair character but not overly drinkable. Could soften up the hops in a big way, just doesn't have the malt presence or the flavouring hop character and the finish is a rude shock.

Decent texture. Nice carbonation that isn't too harsh, bit of presence from malt.
appearance: 3.75 | aroma: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | drinkability: 2.5
Summer Farmhouse
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 09.03.15 on tap
64 / 100
On tap at the brewery.

Pours a pale gold, quite opaque but translucent. Head is decent when poured; sinks to a ring of small white bubbles. Not much lace. Looks OK.

Smells like rubber. This is not a bad thing. Big organic rubber note with some farmhouse characters and yet a light elderflower note as well. Still predominantly rubbery. Floral but rubbery. Enjoyable.

Taste is saisony upfront, gets very rubbery towards the back. It's still not a bad thing but this time it's a bit too much. Saisony notes are there: lucerne, horse blanket characters, notes of soil and fresh cut grass, and maybe a touch of lemon. Finish is very rubbery, kind of cleans up the freshness in a way that isn't welcome. Could retain more of the more fresh notes late and that'd be great.

Decent body, but a bit too much fizz. Think the ABV could be upped a bit to provide more body. Just a bit.

Good amount of saison characters but leans on the wrong ones in a way that makes them a bit unbalanced.
appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | drinkability: 3.5
Mosaic IPA
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 09.03.15 on tap
64 / 100
On tap at the brewery.

Pours a pale yellow colour, fairly cloudy, steady bead. Nice head, retains superbly. Very pale though; not sure why.

Smells new-world hoppy. Passion, pine and citrus. Touch of lemon. Not much malt; could use more, just has that floating fruit character.

Taste is better, more grounded. Hops are present from the start with passionfruit and pineapple and lime notes, very tropical. Some caramel malt underlying, giving some sweetness but mostly cutting fruit. Not bad.

Fuzzy, foamy in the mouth. Pretty decent.

Have had more exciting IPAs but have also had better balanced IPAs. I have to say this doesn't quite reach either peak. It's not that exciting but also seems off-kilter, so one wonders what kind of excitement they were aiming for without reaching.
appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | drinkability: 3.5
Campos Milk Stout
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 09.03.15 on tap
66 / 100
On tap at the brewery.

Dark brown, can get a tinge, but not much colour when held up to the light. Head is beige, stagnant, dense. Would look like a skin formed on milk, except this looks pleasant. Density and lace are great.

Smells coffee, spicy. Chocolate as well, mild caramel notes. Spicy espresso with a touch of pepper, some cinnamon and capsicum. Yeah, I enjoy that.

Taste is very strong on the Campos coffee. Not coffee; just Campos coffee. That iconic spice character on the mid-palate with pepper, chocolate on the back, touch of mild caramel and white toffee late. Bit too sweet, could have kept up the Campos spice for a bit longer and then trailed off. As it is, it feels slightly meek. Bit insipid really.

Smooth body, pretty nice.

Decent milk stout, could be sweeter; could also be more full of flavour generally.
appearance: 4.25 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.0 | drinkability: 3.25
Shiffty Amber Ale
Reviewed by Jez on 22.08.14 on tap
64 / 100
Tried on-tap at Spooning Goats in the city.

Pours a fairly clear, but quite dark amber-brown colour, with a milky off-white head that stays fairly persistently. Lacing forms in long sheets down the glass. Body is quite light, but it hold some swift streams of carbonation. Looks pretty decent.

Nose is quite toasty, but light throughout. It has a rather thin quality to it, and even a vague suggestion of acidity. As it warms, it's a little smoother, with a touch of vanilla or carob coming through. Again, it's quite decent.

Taste is also solid. Mild, fine grain notes provide a basis with a toasty character from start to finish that dries out towards the back. The back overall is pleasantly neutral, which keeps the beer very light and drinkable—it doesn't leave any lingering astringency or even too much roast. Feel is light, but it works fine for the beer.

Overall, I'm going to be honest—it's hard to deny that this is very much in the style of James Squire Amber Ale, with a bit of additional smoothness and cleanness. That makes it certainly a nicer beer. But at the same time, it doesn't do much out of the ordinary. It's just a well-made brew that fits squarely within its genre.
appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.75