Arbor Ales started in 2007, set up initially as a one-man band who gave up his IT job to follow his passion (ah the dream!). This brewery has since grown to several full-time employees brewing 5 days a week in their 20 barrel brewhouse in Bristol.
I love the fact that this brewery puts quality ingredients above all else, I love the fact that this brewery embraces experimentation – having made over 300 beer styles since inception, I love the fact that their beers are hop forward, and I love the fact that they build beers to showcase hop varieties and region. This is my kind of brewery.
The Oz Bomb pale ale has been made to showcase Australian hops, made with Galaxy and Vic Secret hops.
The beer poured with a very small, fine head which disappeared quite quickly, it was amber-to-light-copper in colour and a mid-to-high haziness. There were lots of bits floating in it even after a careful pour.
A very strong, but quite pleasant aroma hit me almost as soon as I opened the bottle, the classic new-world pale ale combination of strong passion fruit and citrus, but interestingly, also hints of menthol.
The flavour was less intense than the aroma, containing a sweet maltiness balanced well with passion fruit and citrus bitterness from the hops, there was also a slight grassiness.
The mid-length finish started off sweet and fruity, with bitterness slowly creeping in through the middle and end. More menthol was evident here, giving the beer a great cooling, refreshing finish.
With a mid-to-high level of carbonation the beer had a tingly mouth feel, with a very interesting cooling menthol finish. Overall a very interesting beer that provides a good showcase of Australian hops.
A great showcase of Australian hops, with an interesting menthol finish.