Jasper Ale - BOTTLEStone & Wood – Jasper Ale

Company info:
Stone & Wood Brewing Company

Byron Bay, N.S.W

[www.stoneandwood.com.au]

Bottle size sampled: 500 mL

Alcohol: 4.7%
Standard drinks: 1.1

Cap type: Non-twist

Cost: I picked this up for AU$6.99

Label info: ‘Here at Stone & Wood we take a fresh approach to brewing handcrafted beer in Byron Bay, one of the greatest places on earth. Reflecting the red volcanic soil of our hinterland and brewed from a blend of pale and crystal malts, Jasper Ale is deep red, has a rich malt character and is well balanced with a firm spicy hop bitterness’

What the label really means: Always drawing from the environment around them for inspiration, if all brewers lived by the Stone & Wood philosophy, the world would be a better place.

The Hell-Cat review starts here

Label: I’ve always been a fan of the Stone & Wood labels. I love the raised lettering, and the cartoon-like font. The red on this is a dirty dusky red and it works amazing well – especially beside their other brews. It’s simple, uncomplicated, uncrowded. Nice work once again, S&W.

On my last review of a S&W brew, I said the following that remains true today: ‘Every time I see the label I am reminded of the early 90s Aussie band ‘Things of Stone and Wood’ and their single ‘Happy Birthday Helen’. I mention it here for sheer nostalgic reasons’.

I give it a label rating of 8 out of 10.Jasper Ale - GLASS

AROMA: Rich, caramel tones. Very different to anything you’ve ever smelt from Stone and Wood.

Taste: GLASS – Soft caramel tones herald a dry, bitter finish and present this brew as a genuine comfort ale. It’s helped by being very smooth and warming and is the kind of beer that gets more and more enjoyable the more you drink of it.

I give it a beer from glass rating of 8 out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE – Surprisingly, this is just as good from the bottle and doesn’t appear to lose much at all. I am very much enjoying those brown sugar, malty, caramelised flavours that flow through this entire beer.

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 8 out of 10.

Accompanying food: Cheese, preferably a vintage blue. Or chocolate cake. Decisions, decisions.

Best season to appreciate: A Winter-warmer.

All-nighter beer? Look, this does get quite dry and it gets more and more so with every sip. If you think you can last a night with a very dry finished brew, then go for it. I’d ordinarily say I wouldn’t last….but….there’s just something so damned appealing about Jasper Ale that I just don’t want to put it down.

NEXT WEEK: The Convict Australian Strong Ale

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Comments
  1. Radio Snivins says:

    Jasper tasted like Scotch Ale to Radio. Radio doesn’t know what Scotch Ale is, but he assumes it’s an ale that tastes like Scotch whisky. Radio’s not a fan of Scotch whisky, neither are the letterboxes in his neighbourhood. Nine out of ten…hic

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