Kosciuszko Pale Ale

Company info:
Kosciuszko Brewing Company
Jindabyne, N.S.W

[No website listed on bottle]

Bottle size sampled: 330 mL

Alcohol: 4.5%
Standard drinks: 1.2

Cap type: Non-twist

Cost: I picked this up for AU$3.99

Label info: ‘Kosciuszko Brewery encompasses the spirit and the inspiration of the Snowy Mountains. Like the pioneering explorer, Edmund Strzelecki who first ascended our highest mountain and named it in honour of the Polish freedom fighter Kosciuszko, we are exploring the natural brewing limits by producing awesome ales that reflect the purity and spirit of the Australian Alps. Kosciuszko Pale Ale refreshes your palate with pleasant rich maltiness and a fruity hoppy finish. It is brewed for enjoyment after a hard day of skiing, hiking, fishing or just enjoying yourself in the mountains. Always in season.’

What the label really means:
Come on, it’s a pretty boring history lesson isn’t it? Australia’s highest mountain was named after some Polish dude by his biggest fan, Ed. Ah well, at least the beer gets suggested for a whole range of exhausting activities in case we’ve forgotten what exercise is.

The Hell-Cat review starts here

Label: A romanticised shot of Kosciuszko sits under a small banner telling us it is ‘The Spirit of Kosciuszko’. I don’t understand the use of the image. What, am I drinking an air freshener here? Surely a stylised sketch on a plain background could have elevated this label to classy. And if the image isn’t bad enough they go and throw in a whole chunk of blue on a white background. Maybe it’s to emulate colour on snow, which I’m all for, or maybe it just continues the air freshener theme. Not cool, kids.

I give it a label rating of 4.5 out of 10.

AROMA: I’m struggling to get anything worth commenting on. There is a very subtle to non-existent aroma that smells a bit like flavoured water.

Taste: GLASS – Kosciuszko Pale Ale (KPA) tastes ok. Given the lack of aroma, there is more taste than I was lead to believe. There is a subtle wheaty, malty taste with a slight twist of citrus. There is really nothing great about this which is a shame as I had visions of the great ‘Crackenback Pale Ale‘ when I bought it. There is a faint tinge of bitterness but it’s hardly enough to give this ale any considerable depth. With each sip of KPA it’s either growing on me or becoming more and more bland. It’s a fine line.

I give it a beer from glass rating of 6 out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE – Much the same…KPA remains inoffensive, lacking anything quantifiable, and frankly very dull. I’m now convinced it’s not getting better with each sip I just want it to. The one thing KPA does have going for it is that it is very easy to drink – but is easy to drink worth the AU$3.99 price tag?

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 6 out of 10.

Accompanying food / Best season to appreciate: With a few tweaks to this brew’s recipe it could be your new Summer-long best friend. It would work well at an outdoor afternoon picnic or BBQ and be thrown back very easily. As it stands, it’s more a drink in the attic while making a suit out of human flesh sort of accompaniment.

All-nighter beer? Sure. If you are after a non-cheap beer that you can throw back easily, this is one for the long haul. Take it or leave it.

NEXT WEEK: Blue Girl

  1. BargeDave says:

    It’s a good beer but it’s no Strzelecki.

    I’m sure Mase will get that gag but perhaps some others will be totally mystified.


    • Mason Hell-Cat says:

      Nicely played BD! I had planned to try and insert that gag somewhere myself but couldn’t find the right spot. Here is as good as any.


      • BargeDave says:

        I didn’t mind this beer, but it’s nothing particularly outstanding. I note that Chuck Hahn is behind it – he’s a brewer of some note and those that remember Hahn Ice (the first chill-filtered beer on the Australian market, it came out about the same time I hit legal drinking age) do so fondly.


      • Mason Hell-Cat says:

        Yes I also noted that in my post-review research. Gotta say I’m a bit surprised. As a fan of Hahn Premium, Kosciuszko Pale Ale doesn’t come close.


      • Radio Snivins says:

        Your average modern poopsnaggle wouldn’t have an Inpsektor Hërring of what you’re banging on about, Bargé. The only history they’re famil with is in their computer. If I may…

        The year was 1992. Australia had five television stations, a recession we had to have, and a beer market that was as stale as a new year’s day Salada. Times were bleak. Even corduroy sales where feeling phlegmy. Then the Ice Age hit – Carlton Cold Filtered and Hahn Ice. It was as though every freezer door in the country had been left open. There was a chill haze to the place. Suddenly, beer interest rates were on a par with home loan interest rates. Foozlers and Whifflers alike had a spring in their stagger and a rosiness in their nose that hadn’t been there since the bicentennial celebrations. Carlton Cold was by far the biggest seller of the two. Supply couldn’t keep up with demand, and rationing was introduced. Hahn was less popular and was sold in ‘bricks’ of 30. Here endeth the lesson.

        Nine out of ten.


      • Mason Hell-Cat says:

        Welcome back Son of Sniv. It’s been too long between burps.


      • BargeDave says:

        Sniv’s recollection of the era is precisely as I recall it. Good days, good days.


      • Radio Snivins says:

        Thankyou, Bargé. Thankyou, Hellakazoo. It’s good to be back. I haven’t been idle in my absence. I’ve been foozling furiously. Not to toot my own flugelhorn but my tastebuds are in excellent mid-season form.


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