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Reviews of Non-Alcoholic and Low-Alcohol Drinks from Drop Bear Beer

Drop Bear Beer New Brew

"Crisp, smooth, moreish...our revolutionary craft lager" Drop Bear Beer Co.

Drop Bear Beer Bonfire Stout

"Complex notes of roasted coffee and smoked malt awaken the senses whilst lashings of caramel burst through to create a carefully crafted balance of flavours. Inspired by the traditional Irish stout, this heavy and dark beer provides a refreshing and smooth finish. This stout is on a mission to show the alcohol free scene what a real stout is made of. Vegan and gluten-free, of course." Drop Bear Beer Co.

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Smoky and the Bodhran

I'm really rather excited about this. If you like smoky stouts, this is it right here. It took me back to the time when a 10 year old, I first tried Applewood Smoked Cheddar - I was blown away that so much flavour could be contained with a food. The head and aroma when poured are both excellent, a chocolatey colour coming through in the froth. The mouthfeel and taste starts off akin to a proper Irish stout that I had at a bar in Carrickfergus. (I was supposed to be sleeping in the hotel part of the building, but by 3am in became clear that the Irish liked their traditional music and stout so I gave up sleeping and joined in). There is a bit of wateriness hiding in the smoke, but I soon forgave it. What I quite liked, and others may not, was the feeling in the back of the throat afterwards that you get when you've been standing round a campfire. To my mind, drinks are supposed to elicit a response - and this one really really did bang the Bodhran. 

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Drop Bear Beer Yuzu Pale Ale

"Easy drinking for the fierce, this pale ale has a lot to shout about. Dry hopped with refreshing floral and grapefruit hops, a splash of yuzu bursts through the caramel base to create a perfect harmony of flavours. We enjoy it best with some halloumi and chips, or a top notch barbie! (BBQ for you non Aussies). Best served bloody cold!" Drop Bear Beer Co.



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Very drinkable

To my mind, this isn't one to linger over but to drink a lot of over some salty snacks - Drop Bear's suggestion of a BBQ halloumi is about right. There's something in the aroma that reminds me of botanical spirits, perhaps it's the Yuzu in there. Unusual and I'm not sure if I like it or not. Mouthfeel is smooth enough and the taste is subtle - not fierce. If you are wanting to a beer to drink a lot of, maybe with some tortilla chips as I did, then this is a pretty good bet. 

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Drop Bear Beer Topical IPA

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The chorus, not the diva.

First of all, I'm not sure why this is tropical. It's not particularly fierce either. That aside, I like this. An initial hoppy burst is followed by some subtle malts - I'd put this somewhere between a traditional IPA and a more modern dry-hopped version. It's very easy to drink and you really do feel like you've had a decent beer after this. So often I have my taste buds blown away by beers trying to stand out. To my pallate neither this nor the Yuzu Pale Ale are the divas of the beer world, but then isn't it the chorus that does most of the work anyway? If you want a session ale, this one may sing your tune. 

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