Monteiths ‘XPA’ | XPA | 4.8% abv | 330ml bottle
Monteiths XPA is the latest offering from Monteiths Brewery. A relatively new style derivative of the American Pale Ale. XPA is dubbed an Extra Pale Ale – being Extra Pale in colour and malt, hop forward, without being too bitter, and sessionable.
But wait…isn’t Monteiths Brewery part of DB – one of the big two? That’s not Craft Beer, I hear you say. However the mere definition of Craft Beer is a fiercely debated, often hypocritical, topic that I will leave to the readers to discuss over their next beer.
Monteiths is considered DB’s branch of Craft Beer, much like Mac’s is to Lion Nathan. A quick bit of history; the original Monteiths Brewery was founded in 1868, brewing out of Greymouth on the West Coast of the South Island. Fast forward about a century, the Brewery was purchased by DB in 1969. While it was then known as the Westland Brewing Company, the Monteiths branding was introduced in 1990.
I still consider Monteiths and Macs ‘Craft’ Beer, although others may disagree. The term separates them from the mainstream, mass produced, ‘brown bottled beer’ that their parent Brewery pumps out in big case sizes for cheap prices. Monteiths and Macs are both affordable and enjoyable to the masses alike.
Now to the Beer.
Monteiths XPA pours a very golden yellow colour, with a small white head that settles out very quickly to a thin lacing. The aroma is not huge and I have to go searching a little bit. I get grassy, herbal notes, along with lime being a dominant citrus aroma. There is some subtle tropical notes also. There is a light malt sweetness, and a Lager like aroma, possibly from a pale, Pilsner style, malted barley used in the brewing process to give the beer a nice light appearance.
This beer is not packing massive flavours like some bigger beers, however true to the style, there is a light malt sweetness, and some hop flavour carrying this beer along. It is not punchy in flavour, with subtle citrus and tropical flavours. The lime/citrus is there continuing on from the aroma, and maybe slight capsicum/grassy notes also. However I do feel that this Beer would benefit from just a little bit more Hop flavour and aroma.
The mouthfeel is refreshing. The beer is crisp and dry, with a medium-low bitterness. This is a beer that would be great cold, over the warmer summer months. The aroma and flavours are not over-powering, making this a Beer that should be very approachable for non-craft beer drinkers, but also pleasing enough to satisfy those who drink craft beer and may not normally reach for a Monteiths from their local Beer shop.
Final Review: 3.25/5