203. Coldstream Crisp Pale Ale

Posted: February 6, 2014 in Australian ales
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Coldstream Crisp Pale Ale - BOTTLEColdstream Crisp Pale Ale

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Company info:
Coldstream Brewery
Coldstream, VIC

[No website listed]

Bottle size sampled: 330 mL

Alcohol: 4.8%
Standard drinks: 1.2

Cap type: Non-twist

Cost: I picked this up for AU$3.09

Label info: ‘Brewed in the Yarra Valley for a crisp hop finish’

What the label really means: ‘We ran out of room to include anything else’

The Hell-Cat review starts here

Label: The bold yellow lettering of ‘Crisp Pale Ale’ stands out on the clear label against the dark bottle. The yellow at the top is also very bold. But does it work? For me, overuse of yellow can be a bit like gold on a beer label – it just doesn’t work. Perhaps it’s the suggestion of XXXX beer? Thankfully the white on this label just barely brings it back from the brink of disaster, accompanied by a picture of a bloke standing in knee-high water wearing a pair of budgie smugglers, washing himself, or perhaps shivering.  He is the saviour of this label – why is he there? What is he doing? The mysterious Coldstream creep. 

I give it a label rating of 7.5 out of 10.

AROMA: Deliciously hoppy, malty, alcoholicy aromas.Coldstream Crisp Pale Ale - GLASS

Taste: GLASS: A citrus upfront welcome quickly moves aside to present darker toffee, malt flavours that sweep this brew through to a dry, bitter finish. It’s very tasty, very hearty, and chockers with flavour. Delicious.

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

Taste: BOTTLE: Much the same from the bottle, with all flavour profiles still clearly discernible. The finish becomes softened a tad, and not as bitter which is nice.

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

Accompanying food: Ok this sounds weird – but bare with me. I’d like to suggest this alongside a warm pecan pie with a huge dollop of cream. I think it’s the darker, malty flavours that prompt it.

Best season to appreciate: The darker notes of this brew make me suggest this as more of a Winter-warmer.

All-nighter beer? I’m not too sure if this is too heavy for an all-nighter….but to hell with it – I want it all night long.


  1. Dazooki Banana says:

    There’s a saying in Victoria that everyone knows someone from Coldstream, but that the clever people keep it to themselves.


  2. Mr T says:

    Hahaha, ‘Coldstream creep’! If you ever go to Coldstream you would realise how appropriate that term was!


    • Mason Hell-Cat says:

      Interesting! The second reference I have now heard to there being a creep at Coldstream!

      Coldstream Brewery – if you’re reading this, what’s the story?
      *gathers up a big cushion and sits at the feet of the Coldstream Brewery story teller*


      • Twanky Laudanum says:

        Coldstream is a hamlet with an aerodrome, no cougars, and a 4th division football team named The Cougars. It’s main exports are secondhand dogs, and tales about Dame Nellie Melba’s lesbian soirées.


  3. Twanky Laudanum says:

    I’d love to see who blubs first in a Fightclub style biff-up between Coldstream Crisp and Balmain Pale Ale.


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