The not-so-minor details
McLaren Vale Beer Company
With roots in the deep Himalayan mountains of the Indian/Kashmir region an India Pale Ale (IPA) is an acquired taste with mystical spiritual origins that is best paired with a ride that’s a little more special than the normal.
Like most modern IPA’s the Vale is a little removed from true IPA roots and leans towards an American style IPA, this time with an Australian twist. It’s like an Australian trying to put on an American accent, who in turn is putting on an Indian accent.
The Vale IPA isn’t cheap, let’s not beat around the bush. It’s worth it though. As you stand there exhausted and still dripping with the sweat of adrenaline the smooth rich taste of the Vale sends feel good vibes down your spine as you swill away in the glorious red sunset. Even if it’s not a sunset, it will feel like one.
In some senses of the word the Vale IPA is a reward. A reward for all your hard work and not in VB way. It’s a reward that makes a statement, ‘I am a mountain biker, I deserve this, and much, much more.’
If you’re the type that likes a drop before you ride then the Vale IPA contains 41 IBU’s, or International Bicycle (Energy) Units, so there’s plenty of energy for your journey.
We highly recommend the Vale IPA as your next post (or pre) ride partner.
**ALWAYS REMEMBER TO DRINK RESPONSIBLY AND NEVER DRINK AND DRIVE – THAT’S WHY YOU HAVE A BIKE.
INDIA PALE ALE, 5.5% ABV, 41 IBU
AN AUSTRALIAN INTERPRETATION OF AN AMERICAN IPA, USING A COMBINATION OF HOPS FROM THREE COUNTRIES. GALAXY FROM AUSTRALIA, NELSON SAUVIN FROM NEW ZEALAND AND CITRA FROM UNITED STATES. MALT FLAVOURS ARE DERIVED FROM THE COMBINATION OF PALE, WHEAT AND CRYSTAL. VERY HOP FORWARD SHOWING STRONG PINE AND CITRUS NOTES, WITH STONE FRUIT AND PASSIONFRUIT CHARACTERS. THE MALT STRUCTURE IS BEAUTIFULLY MATCHED WITH THE DRY HOPPING, GIVING THIS BEER A REFINED BALANCE.