Long-time beer drinker Ross Lewis puts some of Australia's top drops to the test.
Lord Horatio Nelson had little impact on the American War of Independence in the late 18th century.
But his name is being used to win a bitter beer battle with a popular US style of brew.
Sydney microbrewery Lord Nelson, based at Australia’s oldest continuous pub which dates back to 1841, has joined in the fight of seasonal beverages with its take on an American India Pale Ale.
And unlike the English almost 250 years it has succeeded.
Lord Nelson Brewery’s Double Nelson is in keeping with the theme from the producer in that it also pays homage to the revered British naval hero just like its Three Sheets, Trafalgar Pale Ale and Old Admiral drops.
However, it not so much a drink designed for those in the Old Dart, more to challenge the US on its new fondness for their own variety of IPA.
The approach was simple. Lord Nelson decided to work off their well known Pale Ale by doubling the amount of hops in its latest product. Hence the name Double Nelson.
In cricket terms when a batsman reaches 111 it is referred to as a Nelson, in respect to the famous sailor’s reputation for having one eye, one arm and one etcetera (no-one has been able to determine what the final one represents).
Yet there is no doubting the double impact of this quality beer, which uses 100% natural ingredients and lacks sugars or preservatives.
The taster can detect the extra hops but it doesn’t overpower the beer, which pours a dark gold and gives off a sense of orange, even mandarin.
It has a dry finish but not overly bitter and has a pleasant feel from the caramel malt for which the brewer is renowned.
A great beer for late summer, early autumn and at 5.4 per cent it won’t knock the wind out of your sails.
The Sip Snip
Brewer: Lord Nelson Brewery, Sydney
Style: American IPA
Alcohol content: 5.4%
Standard drinks: 2.3 (500ml bottle)
Bottles: 500ml and on tap at Lord Nelson Brewery.
Estimated calories: 156 (per 330ml)
The Sip Tip (rating): Top shelf
Average prices: $7.50 per bottle