Arbor Ales Oz Bomb

A classic fruity pale ale, with a twist

One of my BeerBods beers from several weeks ago was Oz Bomb, by Arbor Ales.

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.

Arbor Ales Oz Bomb
Arbor Ales Oz Bomb – 4.7% ABV

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.

  • Overall Enjoyment
  • Session Compatibility
3.8

Summary

A great showcase of Australian hops, with an interesting menthol finish.

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