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The Sip #2 - Constable Copper Ale
The Sip #2 - Constable Copper Ale

Long-time beer drinker Ross Lewis puts some of Australia's favourite drops to the test.

A flight across the James Squire stable of beers is like a journey back into Australia’s colonial past.

The company’s name is a tribute to Australia’s first commercial brewer. And the labels of the various drops on the shelves, such as 150 Lashes, Stow Away and Nine Tales reflect elements of those pioneers on the east coast in the late 18th century.

However, the latest drop from the James Squire tap, which adding to the education in early Australian history, is definitely a drink for modern times.

With the Constable Copper Ale, the brewer is targeting the mid-range market. As the responsible consumption of alcohol campaign increases, the public is seeking beers that aren’t as heavy on the head.

At 3.4 per cent Constable Copper Ale becomes a good session drink.

One of the good features of this beer is that it retains a good head in the pour, which as it title suggests, is very copper in colour.

There is a woody, definitely floral, aroma with light but still noticeable malt.

And there is a citrus taste with a pleasantly bitter finish.

As a mid-range beer, Constable Copper Ale is very arresting.

Constable Copper Ale
Brewer: James Squire – Sydney
Style: English Copper Ale
Alcohol content: 3.4%
Standard drinks: 0.9
Bitterness: N/A
Bottles: 345ml
Hops: Crystal and pale
Estimated calories: 102
The Sip Tip (rating): A few for a lazy Sunday

Average prices: $57/carton. $18/six-pack.

The West Australian

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