Monday 7 March 2022

Capital Brewing Co - XPA - Beer Review

Review Date: 6/3/2022
Brewery Name: Capital Brewing Co (Fyshwick, ACT, Australia)
Beer Name: XPA

"A bright tropical number with a hint of citrus, very refreshing and delightfully easy to drink. Like a calypso sunset in a can."

Capital Brewing Co - XPA - Can


Alcohol By Volume (ABV): 5.0% (Standard)

Label/Design: 6/10

Serving Style: Can

Region of Origin: Pacific (Australia, New Zealand)

Style Family: Pale Ale

Malts/Adjuncts: Golden Promise, others unknown

Hops: Azacca, Mosaic, Amarillo

IBU's: 30


Colour: Straw


Brilliant Clear Slight Haze Hazy

Collar of Foam & Head Retention


(Up to 15 secs)

(15 - 60 secs) 

(more than 60 secs)

Foam Texture

N/A Thin Fluffy Mousse-Like

Carbonation (Visible)

None Slow Medium Fast-Rising Bubbles

Alcohol Aroma

Not Detectable Mild Noticeable Strong Harsh

Aroma & Flavour

Esters Aroma: None
Phenols: None

Alcohol Taste:

Not Detectable Mild Noticeable Strong Harsh

Hop Pungency:

Mild Moderate Strong Extreme

Hop Bitterness:

Restrained Moderate Aggressive Harsh

Malt Sweetness:

Low Medium High Cloying


Low Medium High


Light Bodied
Medium Bodied
(Light + Full)
Full Bodied
(Round, Rich & Creamy)

Palate Carbonation: 

Low Medium High


(Up to 15 seconds)
(15 to 60 seconds)
(More than 60 seconds)

Oxidative/Aged Qualities: None

Capital Brewing XPA in the Craftd Alpha glass


Drinkability: 10/10

Overall Impression: 9/10


This beer was rated #7 in the Gabs Hottest 100 beers of 2021, and it's easy to see why.

It's hard to describe exactly what an XPA is, but we know this is definitely what it should taste like. Light, refreshing and full of flavour. Similar to Balters XPA, it really hits the spot and is totally crushable - hence the perfect drinkability score. Plenty of tropical fruit flavours with minimal bitterness, with a light body and clean finish.

This one appears to be widely available in bottle shops - if you see it, give it a try, you won't be disappointed!

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