Bowral Brewing Company Reviews




blackbock
2
Pigs Fly Pale Ale
Bottle. Poured a filtered copper hue. Nice sparkling carbonation, although poor head retention. Thought this beer had a bitter dry finish. Not great
Saturday, December 26, 2015

TedE
2.5
Pigs Fly Pale Ale
330ml bottle into glass. Faint hop nose, a touch vegetal. Sparkling golden beer with frothy lasting head. A few bubbles. Spritzy mouthfeel, fairly straightforward taste. Aspirin bitter finish with a touch of lemon. Not one Iíd repeat.
Saturday, July 11, 2015

Jimthechap
3
Pigs Fly Pale Ale
Appears coppery orange in colour with a minimal head, fine carbonation and a touch of haze. Aroma dwells on the malt profile, offering satisfying coppery biscuitiness and some orange peel coming from the malt. Prickly carbonation in the mouth before a surge of oranges and some spruce bitterness. It lacks a little in body, but I suppose would be a good session pint. Likeable enough.
Sunday, May 03, 2015

StevieT
2.9
Pigs Fly Pale Ale
From a bottle. Copper colour, minimal head, dry finish with a nice hop balance. Pretty good stuff.
Thursday, April 09, 2015

Narrabian
1.6
Pigs Fly Pale Ale
Taste it, tick it off your list and move on... nothing much to see here and no reason to ever want another.
Sunday, October 26, 2014

RafeAU
2
Pigs Fly Pale Ale
a pretty flavour less pale ale. little hop aroma or taste. There is no reason at all to seek out this beer.
Saturday, August 23, 2014

Jmar33
1
Pigs Fly Pilsner
Bottle. Hate to be brutal, but thereís bot much doing here, poured it down the sink after two sips...
Friday, August 15, 2014

Jmar33
1.7
Pigs Fly Pale Ale
Bottle. Nothing particularly special about this, other than that it is at the lower end of the good pale ale spectrum...
Friday, August 15, 2014

Bygers
2.3
Pigs Fly Pilsner
Bottle 0,33l. Pours a clear straw colour with very little head. Aroma of hops, vegetable with some floral hints. Crisp fruity floral foretaste with a fair amount of bitterness in the finish. Light body and carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Tuesday, December 24, 2013

vanvenlo
2.9
Pigs Fly Pale Ale
(31-Dec-2006) Sweet fruit hop aroma. Dark amber colour, goodish head and suds lacing. Big hop and light sweet malt flavour. Hoppy finish and sweet malt aftertaste.
Friday, November 01, 2013

Rob_D_UK
2.9
Pigs Fly Pale Ale
Pours a clear copper with a thin white head. Floral aroma and the taste has a bitter finish.
Monday, September 16, 2013

KeefOz
1.9
Pigs Fly Pilsner
330ml stubbie. BB 25/Jul/13. Poured a clear but uninspiring pale amber with a thin white foamy head that diminished quickly and laced poorly. Moderate carbonation seen by small bubbles forming trails. Aroma not much, may be a hint of hops. Taste initially nothing then followed by an unpleasant yeast taste - not nice. Low bitterness. Light body bordering on watery. An unpleasant sour yeast finish.
Monday, June 17, 2013

Sevenlee
2.9
Pigs Fly Pale Ale
Pours a clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma is malt, hints of fruit, caramel and bread. Taste is light to medium sweet leading to a light bitter finish. OK.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

ALLOVATE
3.3
Pigs Fly Pilsner
Hope that the recipe has changed since earlier ratings otherwise I must be getting soft in my ratings. Bit of a let down in the looks department but this pleasant offering made up for it in what is most important. It produces a sparkling yellow gold and donned by a paper thin sheet of white. The carbonation very sluggish, fine and intermittent. Pleasant, ripe citrus and tropical fruit on the nose over just a touch of grass and palest grains - very fresh, very clean. Nice, grainy malt profile gives it a little depth over those dominant fruity hops. Medium bitterness, crisp and short in the finish but residually sweet so drinking this chilled is highly recommended. Light bodied with very lively carbonation. Honeydew and grapefruit comes to mind with a lingering lychee note on the tongue. Overall a refreshing number; I thought this was a decent Summer quaffer. (33cL, BB 25/07/13, Liquor Baronís Hillarys)
Wednesday, May 01, 2013

madmitch76
2.7
Pigs Fly Pale Ale
28th February 2013
Cheers Jack. Clear amber beer, tidy pale cream coloured head. Light palate, semi dry and a little crisp. Light lagerish malt - a bit papery. Super mild citrus. Semi dry finish. Just about passes muster.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Scopey
2.6
Pigs Fly Pale Ale
Bottle, thanks to Jackl. It pours clear amber with a small off-white head. The nose is earth, light floral, malty, umami aspect and smoked ham. The taste is earth, toast, brown bread, decent bitterness, some underlying sweetness, metal and faint spice with a dry, earthy finish. Medium body and average carbonation. So-so at best.
Friday, March 08, 2013

jackl
2.9
Pigs Fly Pale Ale
Bottle @ Bruceís. Cheers to a generous co-worker who brought this back from Oz. The pourís dee gold with a tiny head. THe nose is graham cracker sweetness. General grains and honey. Only a hint of mild hops. White bread. The taste is more of the same. Sweetened bready body, a bit of caramel. Softly hoppy finish. Pretty inoffensive stuff thatíd be fine to kill at a barbecue. Overall, a decent beer. Sort of tastes like a bridge beer for craft converts.
Friday, March 01, 2013

Leighton
3.1
Pigs Fly Pale Ale
Bottle at Bruceís, London. Pours clear gold with a fine, creamy head. Bready malts in the nose, light caramel and cereal. Medium sweet flavor, toasty cereal, bread, caramel. Light bodied with fine to average carbonation. Fine cereal finish, light toast, dry brown sugars. Fair.
Thursday, February 28, 2013

Bygers
2.7
Pigs Fly Pale Ale
Draft 0,33l at The Hardware Store, Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia. Poured a copper color with a thin white head that diminish quickly. Floral aroma with hint of butter, caramel, hops and malts. Taste of malts, flowers and a hint of fruits. A bitter hops finish. Moderate carbonation.
Thursday, December 27, 2012

KeefOz
2.6
Pigs Fly Pale Ale
Poured a clear golden amber colour with a thin white bubble head that diminished quickly. Poor lacing. Moderate to high carbonation. Aroma of hops and subtle malt. Taste of sweet malt followed by a slight hops bitterness. Light body. A long slightly bitter finish.
Saturday, November 10, 2012

LesArgen
2.5
Pigs Fly Pale Ale
A pleasant aroma of butter, peaches, malt and hints of citrus got me excited about this beer, only to let me down in the tasting. The palate is a little weak with very little of the malt body promised by the nose. Thereís a moderate amount of grapefruit that gives this beer a refreshing Summer taste but itís ultimately a little disappointing.
Thursday, September 27, 2012

fletchfighters
2.5
Pigs Fly Pale Ale
Thin, fairly decent malt backbone and some hops. Nothing too exciting or too interesting.
Tuesday, August 07, 2012

jdpeebs
3.2
Pigs Fly Pale Ale
330ml Bottle. Copper in colour. Subtle hop aroma. Nice malt undertones and medium bodied, with refreshing lingering bitterness. A very enjoyable beer.
Friday, May 11, 2012

jdpeebs
2.1
Pigs Fly Pilsner
330ml Bottle.Pours yellow, with a small head, not much in the aroma stakes, but subtle amarillo hop aroma. Reasonable beer, nothing special, but still drinkable
Friday, May 11, 2012

gav12c
2.7
Pigs Fly Pale Ale
pours amber with little to no head, not a lot of aroma,a little hops and malt. taste fairly bland, not terrible ,just plain.
Saturday, March 10, 2012

jimmy01
3.8
Pigs Fly Pilsner
Pours golden with reasobable head. Smell the amarillo during the pour. Clean and slightly fruity. Nice beer
Sunday, January 22, 2012

Maris
1.9
Pigs Fly Pilsner
From a 330ml bottle on 14/1/2012. Pours a clear pale yellow with a small head. Has a modest grainy aroma. The flavour is sweet malt and a touch of citrus. For a pilsener, it has a disappointing hop profile. Just barely better than bog standard macro pale lager.
Friday, January 13, 2012

davidm
3.6
Pigs Fly Pale Ale
Bottle 330ml. Excellent beer. Aromas of caramel and biscuit, with a hint of butter. Taste is sweet, with average length, and bitter notes. Palate is oily, and medium bodied. Amber, with a thin head.
Friday, September 16, 2011

hawthorne00
1.7
Pigs Fly Pilsner
Bottle. Pale gold with a modest white head. Mild grainy aroma with citrus and weeds. Fizzy. Taste is sweet and grainy with some lager sourness and less than balancing bitterness.
Sunday, January 30, 2011

Mjollnir
2.5
Pigs Fly Pale Ale
330mL bottle. Pours clear pale gold with a small persistent white head. Aroma of grass and sweet malt. Malty, mildly hoppy flavour, mild but harsh bitterness. Light bodied, average carbonation, quite creamy and smooth with a medium length finish.
Sunday, December 12, 2010

Maris
3
Pigs Fly Pale Ale
From a 330ml bottle on 7/11/2010. Has a moderate grassy citrus fruit aroma. Taste wise, itís relatively bland, with some sweet malt up front, a bit of citrus fruit, and a moderate hop finish. Iím a little disappointed, as I recall trying this some time ago and thinking it was quite good. Just a shade more interesting than a typical premium lager. Rating 2.4. Re-rate on 17/11/2012. Tasted significantly better this time round, with much more pronounced fruit and malt notes.
Saturday, November 06, 2010

ndon
2.2
Pigs Fly Pilsner
light yellow/gold in colour. not a beer that is heavy on flavour, but is quite citrusy on the nose
Sunday, June 20, 2010

ndon
3
Pigs Fly Pale Ale
deep amber in colour, with an off white head that disappears quickly. a passable pale ale with slight citrusy aromas
Sunday, June 20, 2010

mkel07
2.9
Pigs Fly Pilsner
330ml bottle. Light straw colour with a moderately lumpy white head that looks like freshly fallen snow. Zesty citrus aromas are pleasant enough as is the flavour, which is light and dry with a strong finish and smooth in the mouth.
Friday, June 18, 2010

Mattburns
2.4
Pigs Fly Pale Ale
Maybe it is because this beer is no longer brewed in Bowral. I remember when I first tried this and loved it. ... the second time round I was certain it was a different beer all together. Completely lost flavour. Very dissappointing.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010

mkel07
3
Pigs Fly Pale Ale
330ml bottle. Dark amber in colour with a disappointing veil of faint white bubbles that try to pass themselves off as foam and struggle to stretch across the surface. Smells a whole lot better than it looks with floral and citrus aromaís. Good body and mouthfeel and a nice taste - okay but not great.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Pyobon
3.5
Pigs Fly Pilsner
Bottle. Clear straw colour with very little head. Reasonable aroma - hops, vegetable with some floral hints. Light body and carbonation. Crisp fruity floral foretaste with a fair amount of bitterness in the finish. Quite a nice beer.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Pyobon
3.2
Pigs Fly Pale Ale
Bottle. Clear amber with little head. Aroma is subtle - floral hops and malt. Medium body and carbonation. Forestaste is subtle - malt with a perhaps fruity tag and decent floral hops. There is a nice bitter finish with a slight metallic edge to it.
Thursday, January 08, 2009

highlandlad
1.8
Pigs Fly Pilsner
Another disappointment in a poor crop of new beers at this years mini-beer fest at Sydneys Australian Hotel. The Pigs Fly pale ale is passable but this "pilsener" misses the target by some distance. Piss yellow colour with a poor head. Eccentric aroma of canned pineapple and Seltzer - very medicinal with no obvious Saaz. Fizzy palate. Weak malts, low ibu for the style and that nagging Seltzer note. Problematic. Avoid. [Bottle at the Australian Beer Festival, Nov 2008]
Tuesday, December 09, 2008

MBison
1.6
Pigs Fly Pilsner
Sampled at the Australian Beer festival (Bottle). Arrived golden yellow with a small, frothy, white head which was average lasting. Aroma was of grainy malts with honey, faint notes of lemon citrus and some wet paper. Flavor was overly sweet and was dominated by wet paper/cardboard with stale grainy malts and a minimal bitterness. Very little to report only words that come to mind are; unpleasant, bland and cheap homebrew. Steer clear of this one, just another pale larger to add to the list.
Thursday, November 20, 2008

bluevegie
2.4
Pigs Fly Pale Ale
Stubby enjoyed in the company of Sully and Highlandlad. Cloudy yellow body and very lemony in the taste. That about as many notes that I wrote about this beer, so not very impressive.
Thursday, May 08, 2008

Lunkie
2.2
Pigs Fly Pale Ale
Hop malt aroma. Clear amber colour with fair head and lacing. Bitter hop malt flavour. Flat palate.
Friday, January 04, 2008

TimE
2.6
Pigs Fly Pale Ale
Thin mouth with barley noticeable hops. Like too many Australian pale ales, just had no backbone or bitterness.
Thursday, December 27, 2007

MBison
2.5
Pigs Fly Pale Ale
Bottle (330ml) 4.7%. Poured a golden orange with yellow highlights, with a small white head. Aroma was of peaches, passion fruit with some mild grassy hops on the nose. Taste is initially sweet with more fruits present such as passion fruit (again) and grape fruit with some mild metallic bitterness towards the end. Light bodied with a sweet/watery mouthful and short finish.
Tuesday, December 04, 2007

strings
3
Pigs Fly Pale Ale
Bottle. Not too bad, bit of mandarin and passionfruit perhaps, and decent enough bitterness. Fizziness took away a bit from the subtlety a bit.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Muggus69
2.7
Pigs Fly Pale Ale
330ml bottle. Serving it with a slight chill. Pleasant aroma of citrusy floral hops with the faintest off-putting note to it, canít put my finger on it. Clean dark golden body with tightly packed white head and lace. Reasonably citrus hop character, grapefruity more than anything. Has a dry sort of finish with an off-putting metallic note. Nothing special at the end of the day.
Friday, December 01, 2006

madquacker
2.6
Pigs Fly Pale Ale
Another little creatures attempted clone though without the balance. Citrus flavours at the start taper to a blander metallic taste. Very drinkable never the less.
Saturday, November 25, 2006

bridge
2.4
Pigs Fly Pale Ale
Slightly cloudy amber orange with not much of a head. For me this smelt of passionfruit and metal, but quickly became saturated and left me floundering looking for more. Some bitterness, but mostly lame in terms of flavour. Carbonation was a bit too effervescent, giving a lemony touch. Gassed up a bit, filling the gut. Another sub-par APA.
Wednesday, September 06, 2006

highlandlad
2.4
Pigs Fly Pale Ale
Another from the APA-by-numbers handbook that is passing from new brewer to new brewer in Oz these days. Since the advent of Little Creatures it seems to be an unwritten law that the first beer from any new brewery has be a pale ale. Ah well, shouldnít grumble because a mediocre pale ale is better than a mediocre pale lager any day. This one was the familiar translucent burnt orange with a notably poor head. Lots of bright Chinook hoppiness in the aroma - grapefruit and lime cordial - but little backbone. Found the carbonation too spritzy and nagging. Lime juice again in the flavour mix, plus peach yoghurt and a soapiness that could just be poor glass handling at the pub. Quite sherbety in the finish due to the sharp carbonation. Thereís such a surfeit of this style that expectations are much higher than a few years ago and Iíve rated accordingly. (330ml bottle from the Australian Hotel, Sydney)
Thursday, August 24, 2006

Sully
3
Pigs Fly Pale Ale
When I purchased this, co-incidentally at the Bowal hotel, I asked the chap behind the counter if this was another attempt at a Little Creatures clone. Yup, was his answer, and so I embarked on another quest to define this as a true Aussie brew. Everything looks ok in the glass as does the nose. It presents in a typical APA style, even though my knowledge of the subtleties of the relevant hop sems to be a bit on the lighter side. Fortunately, no popcorn and butter in this sample as I feel the level of diacetyl was acceptably low. All I can discern is either a nervous hand in hop generosity or an eye to the accountant who might like to save on input costs. Good APA style with resinous hop and fruity aroma and flavour. Malt is low but in all an acceptable beer. I am not that keen on the obvious rip-off of a pig with wings compared to the LC cherub either.
Tuesday, April 18, 2006