Monteith’s Southern Pale Ale, New Zealand $3.60 / 330ml ($18 a six-pack)
The colour is full amber, not really pale, and the bouquet is attractively hoppy, spicy and fragrant. The flavour is full and has plenty of character, showing good malt and hop flavours, well-balanced and long. An appealing everyday beer with a well-hopped finish and a cleansing but fairly mild bitterness. (4.6 per cent alcohol.) Score 91 ★★★★
Stockists: Camperdown Cellars (NSW); The Melbourne Wine Store (Vic); Vintage Cellars stores.