April 4, 2013 by 250 Beers
There used to be a lot of hype and excitement surrounding the release of a single batch beer from Little Creatures. For some reason, this one, Shepherd’s Delight, was released somewhat out of the limelight and under the radar.
Hardly anybody knew about it and then, BAM!, there it is. Released.
For me, the best thing that came out of the Lion Nathan purchase of Creatures was that the Fremantle outfit could utilise Lion’s distribution network. In recent times, Brisbane would wait more than 10 days for single batch beers to hit the bottle shops and bars. Not any more. The cartons seem to be clanking their way into cold rooms in Brisbane’s best beer haunts within just a few days. No more reading about Melbourne quaffing the stuff weeks before me! It’s the simple things that arouse me huh?
I treated this brew, a 6.4% red IPA, with some trepidation. We all know about the well-publicised take-over and I was sceptical as to what would happen to these single batches. Would they still be released and would they still be any good?
In this instance, the answer to the latter is “absolutely!”
This beer is reassuringly good. It’s re-assuring that the awesome brewers still have an element of free-reign over these limited release beers despite being owned by a Japanese conglomerate. It can’t be forgotten that Little Creatures employed some good people. The staff couldn’t help the fact that a take-over occurred and many of those brewers are still there. No doubt they are still brewing to the best of their ability.
I sat on this beer (not literally, of course as there is nothing worse than shards of glass in your bum cheeks) for approximately 30 minutes and it got better and better with every sip. With a third of a pint left, I couldn’t put it down. I’m glad that I possess more. It’s gloriously addictive!
It pours a wonderful red colour although it is actually more of a deep amber if we’re being picky. Nah, stuff it. It’s supposed to be a red IPA so red it is. Atop the red hue sits an off-white almost creamy thick head that lingers.
Also lingering, is a mediocre hop hit in my mouth. It’s nothing like the hop boom that I found in a predecessor to the Shepherd (Big Dipper) however, there is enough presence of hops for this to be deemed an IPA. Just don’t expect to be knocked unconscious by this Shepherd’s flock of hops which includes six different types: East Kent Goldings, Dr Rudi, Chinook, Victoria Secret, Stella and Southern Cross.
I’m glad single batches are sold in pint bottles. 330ml bottles really wouldn’t delight me nor any shepherd.
Lastly, the old adage to which the brew refers should be changed to;
Red sky at night, who gives a shite.
Just sit yourself down with some Shepherd’s Delight.