Name: Frost Hammer
Brewery: The 400 Brewing Company
Country: South Africa
Style: Hybrid (Ale and Lager)
Rating: 3.75/ 5
I had never heard of a yellow ale. Have you? Thought not. Ales come in loads of colours, but the straw/ yellow colours generally come out of lager or pilsner bottles. This Frost Hammer is a new beer on the block, and brewed here in Johannesburg.
The aroma is reminiscent of a lager, so a little grassy and some hop notes. The flavour is lightly malted and quite refreshing. The clarity is exceptional. No really, it’s incredible – I have rarely (if ever) seen a home-brew this clear.
I needed a few more sips (I lie, beers) to really be able to pin down what I thought of this one, and here it is: it reminds me of why I fell in love with beer to begin with.
I’m so used to tasting complicated, ambitious beers (“infused” this, “imperial” that, 15 varieties of hop in a 3 hour boil etc.) that this was refreshingly simple. This is a beer you can have 6 of without getting sick of it.
Now I’m not going to say that this beer is perfect – in my opinion, there isn’t enough carbonation or head. But the flavours are subtle and simple without being crude. It’s refreshing and at 4.7% isn’t going to get you hammered straight away.