Cockies Ocean Road Pale Ale brewed by Jamie Roydhouse a born and bred in Geelong lad. He has been experimenting with brewing for most of his life and has recently planted a small patch of hops on his farm in the Barrabool Hills overlooking Geelong. Jamie holidays in Lorne and has a great passion for craft brews. He is using Otway water in his beer and a unique recipe that he believes is suited to the Australian palate….
“5/6, The best beer I’ve tried this year.” – Julie Hancock, Beer O’Clock, Radio SEN 1116, Feb ’15 Panel Pick of the pale ales
Gail Thomas, The Weekly Review Geelong, Feb ’15 – “Using a blend of four hops, together with fresh hops grown in the Barrabool Hills, four different barleys and a small amount of wheat to improve head retention and crystal malt for deeper colour and caramel flavour, it was the panel’s standout favourite in the pale ale comparative tasting. It has no preservatives, appealing fruity and herbaceous aromas with a palate profile of luscious fruits and spicy citrus following be light bitterness and a refreshing clean finish.”
Hops put the ‘bitter’ in beer and are grown in similar environments to that of grape vines. There are so many different varieties to choose from when brewing. The hops for Cockies Ocean Road Pale Ale are a blend of four:
Citra displays aromas of lemon,orange and grapefruit, providing a very clean citrus flavour, Cascade has aroma of spicy flowers with a very smooth bitterness component, mainly used in the recipe is for the bittering, which is on the very low side, Goldings shows aromas of mixed citrus and florals with flavours of peach and apricot. Mainly used for aroma rather than bittering, and Mosaic gives the aromas of tropical fruits and berries.