174. Bohemian Ale

Posted: March 20, 2013 in ale, International beer
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Bohemian Ale - BOTTLEBohemian Ale

Company info:
The McCashin Family
Nelson, NEW ZEALAND

[www.stokebeer.co.nz]

Bottle size sampled: 650 mL

Alcohol:
 5.3%
Standard drinks: 2.7

Cap type: Non-twist

Cost: I picked this up for $4.79AU

Label info: ‘Our artisan-in-charge created the Stoke Bomber Bohemian Ale to straddle the ale/lager debate perfectly. Everyone will enjoy the interaction of wheat and lightly roasted barley with the lively citrus and pepper flavours. The ale team will promote its rich golden hue, fully rounded mouthfeel and engaging honeyed malt complexity. The lager camp will insist that the spicy hope emphasis is classic bohemian. Which side are you on?’.

What the label really means: Sounds like one very interesting beer. A label to get the brewers and connoisseurs talking among themselves. Any beer that sparks debate like this is a beer worth trying in my opinion.

The Hell-Cat review starts here

Label: They’ve crammed a whole bunch of text onto this label that looks a little daunting on first glance. Yes I appreciate the font, and the horizontal demarcation lines, but it still looks cramped. I don’t mind the fact that it is a clear plastic label, as it makes the text look like it’s floating, but the text is just too damned much. I even struggled working out the name of this beer. Is it ‘The Original Stoke Bomber by the McCashin Family Bohemian Ale’, ‘Stoke Bomber Bohemian Ale’, or the one I decided to guess at, ‘Bohemian Ale’? If the name of your beer isn’t immediately obvious among the rest of the text and design elements on your label, I think you are doing something a little wrong.

I give it a label rating of 5 out of 10.

AROMA:  Taking a strong sniff of this, I am getting barely anything noticeable. It appears quite weak. I’m worried. Bohemian Ale - GLASS

Taste: GLASS – An intensely spicy, hoppy, bitterness flows through every drop of this ale. It’s so hoppy that it is literally a punchy mouthful of hops in every sip. It’s smooth to drink but a little overwhelming. A couple of sips in and I feel I’ve done a few rounds in the boxing ring. While I cannot deny the enjoyable flavours I just feel it’s perhaps a little too intense.

I give it a beer from glass rating of 7.5 out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE – While drinking Bohemian Ale from the bottle takes the edge off the bitterness, mellowing it out a little, and introduces a unique nutty element, it’s just not as fun. I think this beer is meant to be as intense as I found it from the glass and the bottle isn’t quite there.

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 7.5 out of 10.

Accompanying food: I feel seafood would work well with this bomber.

Best season to appreciate: More of a Summer brew.

All-nighter beer? The more I drink of Bohemian Ale, the more I am seeing this as a worthy session beer.

NEXT WEEK: TBC

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Comments
  1. Radio Snivins says:

    I tried this stuff at a Murphett’s Halloween tasting last year. At least, i think I tried it. It may have been its co-chum, Kiwi Pale Ale. Irregardless, I liked what I glugged. So, in conclusion, I bought a slab of pumpkin ale, and woke up in Diddlypoop’s meter box.

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