If you missed my first Pirate Life post or even my second or third Pirate Life post, then I will recap their story one more time.
Pirate Life was set up in 2014 by Australians Red and Jack. They met whilst working at BrewDog (Australians involved in another part of the UK beer industry, whatever next?) They returned home, and after a couple of other jobs, they were able to set up their own brewery, selecting the lovely city of Adelaide (it is, we’ve been there) in which to get brewing.
In line with what Cloudwater have done for 2017, all of their beer is destined for can or keg. No bottles, no cask (you don’t expect much cask action in the Antipodes). There are still anti-can breweries out there (there’s a vehement one just across the border from me in Derbyshire), but Pirate Life are not one of those.
On to the fourth beer that has found its way into my favourite beer glass.
Style: India Pale Ale
Hops: Centennial, Riwaka, Simcoe
Description: Pirate Life has decided to make ANOTHER hoppy American style ale for the 4th beer in their core range. Seems a bit counter intuitive and appears to create a pretty one dimensional list, however, this is quite an important beer as it fills in a pretty big gap between the Pale Ale and the IIPA. Not to mention that it allows Throwback to be its own beer down in mid-Strength land.
So there’s a mid-strength, a well-balanced pale ale and a big broody, dank citrusy hop-bomb of a double IPA – what’s this IPA going to be like? Well, with a couple of pretty serious beers on either side, Pirate Life say that their IPA is bright, fruity and full of liquid fun.
Let’s open it up…
It is indeed bright and fruity, and liquid fun is not a bad description. Piney hoppiness on the nose, which carries through to the palate alongside the kind of resinousness you would expect from an American style IPA. A good malty backbone helps to balance out the hops in this one. It’s a nicely balanced IPA, and very tasty. Probably my second favourite, just behind the IIPA, and slightly ahead of the pale ale and Throwback IPA. They are all good hoppy beers which are right up my street.
This completes my tour of Pirate Life beers. Many thanks to Pirate Life for sending them over. For completeness, there are some more beers that you might want to check out. I certainly do after tasting the first four! Here are some of the others for you to look out for:-
Hopco NZ Pale Ale
Style: Pale Ale
Hops: NZ Cascade, Motueka, Pacifica
Description: This beer is an American style pale ale brewed with pale and Munich malts to provide a smooth malty backbone to balance out the ample hops that were thrown at it. NZ Cascade, Motueka and Pacifica combine to give the beer a rich key lime pie / lemon curd cheesecake aroma and a light resinous character on the palate all backed up by a satisfying whack of bitterness.
Golden Era Golden Ale
Style: Golden Ale
Hops: Amarillo, Summer
Description: Picture this. BrewDog brewery in Scotland. It’s freezing cold and Jack and Red are arriving for one of their 12hr plus night shifts. They get a message from home. Friends having beers at the beach. It almost breaks them. ‘What music do you want Redman?’ asks Jack. ‘Better make it The Hoods, skip’ replies Red. Five years later they’re launching in Adelaide – The Hilltop Hoods’ home town. They receive an email from the manager of the Hood’s record label asking if they’d brew a beer with them. The Golden Era Golden Ale is that beer.
Style: Stout (#obvs)
Hops: Columbus, EKG, Fuggles
A smooth 7.1% stout brewed with oats, black and chocolate malts, EKG, Fuggles and Columbus hops. Pirate Life Stout is perfect for the cooler months. The malts take centre stage with a cacophony of coffee, chocolate and sticky date pudding and a rich creamy mouthfeel thanks to the oats. Columbus smacks the palate with a healthy dose of bitterness while the late additions of EKG and Fuggles lend a gentle, earthy spiciness to the beer. The result is a stout that Pirate Life are excited to share with us all.