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Robohop Golden IPA – Kaiju! Beer (AUS)

Kaiju!'s Robohop - Serve the public beer!
Kaiju!’s Robohop – Serve the public beer!

This my first venture into Kaiju! territory and possibly my first ‘golden IPA’. I’ll have to take their word for the colour as I drank it straight from the bottle, next time I’ll pour it into a glass as I think this beer needs to breath to bring out the best in it.

I detected stone fruit and tobacco as I sniffed the bottle’s mouth (that sounds a bit wrong doesn’t it?) and I was expecting fruit when I took the first swig. Unfortunately, it was the tobacco flavours that shone through immediately, not something you’d associate with an IPA. A JPS, yes, but not an IPA.

This is where the breathing comes in, once the air has got to the ale, it’s more subtle flavours come through, lychee and rockmelon balanced with a grassy bitterness. This all adds up to a very different but satisfying brew and before you know it, the bottle’s empty.

Would I like another one? Affirmative

Would I recommend Robohop to other carbon-based organisms? Affirmative.

Should Kaiju! develop a merch shop with their label designs on t-shirts? Hell yeah!

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Robohop – Serve the public.

Here’s the Stranglers with their ode to dystopian bread-making, ‘Hey! (The Rise of the Robots)………




Stout (seasonal release) – Moo Brew (AUS)

No expense spared on design .........
No expense spared on design ………

You can’t judge a book by its cover but when I saw this decal, I jumped to the conclusion that this particular tap was serving stout. Call it Beerhunter intuition if you like, but I was not wrong, stout it was and a bloody good one at that.

The Moo Brew brewery was first located in Hobart’s MONA ……. (well worth a visit, even if you don’t like beer) and is home to many a good ale.

MONA (Museum of Old and New Art), Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
MONA (Museum of Old and New Art), Hobart, Tasmania, Australia ©Mike Greenslade

It’s safe to say that this seasonal stout deserves a place alongside some of the masterpieces in MONA. This is a delicious dark  brew, ebony black with a head the colour of a John Player Special filter. There’s a Jamesons aroma, backed up by whiskey barrel and Dundee cake flavours, like a Guinness dashed with vintage port. This won’t be around for long, so get it while you can.

Moo Brew Seasonal Stout - a brewing masterpiece
Moo Brew Seasonal Stout – a brewing masterpiece.

With a Strangulated musical connection, here’s Celia and the Moo-tations with MONA MONA ………………….



Boston’s Mill Pale Ale (AUS)

Don’t be fooled by it’s name, this American-style pale ale doesn’t come from Boston but from Sydney. Named after Australia’s first brewer, ‘John Boston’, the beer boasts some dubious heritage on the brewery website. However, the proof of the pudding is in the eating.

Boston's Mill Pale Ale - with taking for a spin
Boston’s Mill Pale Ale – with taking for a spin


I christened my rejuvenated front deck with this fine pale ale. Boston’s Mill is a beautiful honey coloured beer, with a good malty nose and plenty of fizz. It’s nicely hooped, with caramel undertones and hints of passionfruit and nectarine. It holds its head well and finishes with a balanced bitterness. A class act, It goes well with roast Tawny Frogmouth or seafood.

The new deck gets the seal of approval from the locals
The new deck gets the seal of approval from the locals


Taking their name from the Boston Strangler, here’s the ‘Men in Black’ with a fabulous cover of the Burt Bacharach classic, ‘Walk On By’ ……. ‘just go for a stroll in the trees’

The Chancer Golden Ale by James Squire (AUS)

My second beer from the James Squire stable had to go some to match the quality of The Constable. Aussies like to bet on anything and you can bet your bottom dollar this Golden Ale is everything as good as the ‘Copper’ one.

James Squire's The Chancer Golden Ale - texture like sun .....
James Squire’s The Chancer Golden Ale – texture like sun …..


As fresh as the salad from my neighbour’s garden, it’s a beautiful dark, gold, almost bronze colour. Slightly fruity on the nose, it slides down easily and is not dissimilar to the Monteith’s Summer Ale. At 4.5%, it’s refreshing with a hint of citrus and muted, bitter finish. After an hour’s digging in the garden this evening I found it to be very more-ish and regretted that I only had one in the fridge. (Note to self, fail to plan, plan to fail). Take a chance on me ……

Sorry Abba fans, I was tempted but here’s the Stranglers with ‘Golden Brown’