With the summer at our doorstep, it’s the perfect time to get to know some great Victorian beer to see you through. Enter KAIJU! – a fun, bold and distinctly comic-book style line of hop-centric beers.
While we love beer, we also love food, so we’ve outlined some pairings for KAIJU! beers to ensure you get the absolute best drinking experience this summer!
Kaiju Krush Tropical Pale Ale has a super-clean malt profile that allows the shipload of juicy tropical fruit flavours to arrive on the desert island of your palate unhindered. Fresh and moreish. A perfect summer beer.
Perfect for: charcuterie, anything with a high salt content, blue cheese/strong cheese
KAIJU! Robohop Golden IPA
The lightest beer from the hop-masters at KAIJU! Robohop Golden IPA explodes with citrus, passion fruit and grassy notes. A proportion of wheat malt gives a crisp impression on the palate while still allowing the flavour to linger.
Perfect for: spicy foods (Asian and Indian)
KAIJU! Metamorphosis IPA
Metamorphosis is a West Coast American IPA with a slight English twist. Brewer Nat Reeves wanted to beef up the hop intensity while maintaining balance in this beer, so he looked to the slightly sweeter, darker malt profiles of the English IPAs. The result is this bitter and beautifully-balanced IPA.
Perfect for: rice, Indian cuisine, fudge, apple anything, caramel, cinnamon rolls, cinnamon sugared donuts
KAIJU! Hopped Out Red
KAIJU! Hopped Out Red wafts of dank hops layered over biscuity-toffee notes make this one of the most aromatically complex beers around. This complexity follows through to the pallet, showing balanced sweetness and intensity without a hint of alcohol, and a nice, long bitterness to round things out.
Perfect for: cheeseburgers, fish & chips, kebabs, pizza. The earthier the flavours, the better.
KAIJU! Aftermath Double IPA
This beer is one of the biggest hop explosions you’ll find. Ludicrous amounts of dank, piney, caramelised orange and bright citrus aromas lead to a pallet that is almost impossibly well-balanced given the huge bitterness. The sheer weight of hops and malt extends the bitterness fully from the front to the back of the palate, finishing hugely long and satisfying.
Perfect for: steak, anything with caramel, cheesecake, cannoli
KAIJU! Cthulhu on the Moon Black IPA
This one delivers beauty from every angle. A malt bill rich in specialty malts delivers beautiful malty, chocolatey, roasty complexity that is perfectly met by a gorgeous herbaceous hop profile. The palate is full and incredibly satisfying, with flavour intensity and bitterness balanced on a knife’s edge.
Perfect for: Japanese, Mexican and creole foods
KAIJU! Where Strides the Behemoth Double India Black Ale
This black ale is probably Australia’s hoppiest beer, with 30 grams added per litre produced, the huge, roast, chocolate, coffee and malty intensity still assert themselves alongside the huge, dank hop character in this truly extraordinary drink. The palate is fully saturated with flavour intensity that can’t be adequately described, only experienced.
Perfect for: marinated and smoked pork/beef ribs, beef brisket, cheddar/Gouda/mixed nuts
Golden Axe Apple Cider
Golden Axe Apple Cider uses only freshly-crushed Victorian apples to maintain fruit flavour. A crisp, refreshing style with aromas of fresh-cut apples, straw and blossom. A vegan-friendly, gluten free cider with just enough sweetness to carry the flavour while leaving you wanting more.
Perfect for: fruit salad, anything with berries, pumpkin, squash and spinach/rocket. It’s the ultimate Sunday sessions drop.
The good news is all the beer (except the cider) goes with Aussie BBQ, but is up to personal opinion of course. Burgers, snags, steaks, lamb chops, you name it – all work well with this line of beer. So round up the crew, grab the deck chairs and kick back at the ultimate summer BBQ.
Find and adopt your KAIJU! of choice at your local bottle shop or head to www.kaijubeer.com.au for stockists.