Wednesday 6 October 2021

Morrison Brewery - Oat Biscuit Ale - Beer Review

Brewed By: Morrison Brewery
Beer: Oat Biscuit Ale (Red IPA)
ABV: 6.5%
Malts: Unknown
Hops: Unknown
IBU: 35
Other: Golden Syrup, Oats, Toasted Coconut

Morrison Brewery Oat Biscuit Red IPA in the Craftd Alpha glass

This collaboration between Tasmanian brewery Morrison and online retailer Hops To Home might be called Red IPA, but take a closer look and you'll also find "Oat Biscuit Ale" on the cans. Dig further still and there are references to Australia's favourite biscuit and times of war. Given the brewers used golden syrup, oats and a huge bag of toasted coconut along the way, you should have an idea where we're headed...

That said, while Anzac biscuits are the inspiration, there's a bit more fruitiness at play here, with elements of soft citrus rind and red berry sitting alongside the cake batter like sweetness and conjuring memories of a fruit biscuit slice or a slice of dense orange cake. It makes for a rich experience in which the combo of fresh hops, specialty malts and other adjuncts even contribute a cinnamon like spice as well as flashes of coconut, before the hops add a drying bite.

Morrison Brewery Oat Biscuit Red IPA Can


I like the uniqueness of these collaborative beers between Hops to Home and craft breweries. And would like to make special mention of the really cool can design - as pictured above.

The Oat Biscuit Ale Red IPA by Morrison Brewery is no exception. After opening the can it pours a deep redish, caramelly colour that has also leeched into the foamy head leading to a tinge of brown appearing.

Upon the first sip, some real hop spiciness pushes through the malt profile - which unfortunately hasn't been specified. When mixed with the bitterness and what seems like a slightly higher level of carbonation for an ale style beer - it really hits quite hard on the mouth and taste buds.

There is a mention of coconut and golden syrup being used in  this beer, however any traces of this are very subdued and barely noticeable - at least to my taste. This isn't necessarily a bad thing though - no doubt the subtleties of such inclusions combine in their own unique ways to give the overall unique flavour profile of this beer. It does seem like an interesting and complex mix of flavours and it's good fun really concentrating on each sip to see what notes you can pick up on.

Also nice to try an IPA with a bit of a difference and that doesn't taste like a fruit salad like most others do these days.



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