Bad Shepherd Red IPA

Bad Shepherd

Published March 27, 2016

They're wasting little time making a mark on the Melbourne market down at Bad Shepherd. The Cheltenham brewpub has been pulling crowds since opening late last year (when we discovered our last cab driver lived Bayside and told him to check it out, it turned out he'd already been with his family). Already, limited release number two is here. Following the Raspberry Wheat comes a second beer of a red hue, albeit not quite as fluorescent as its predecessor.

The Red IPA is another beer that suggests brewer Dereck Hales is one to keep an eye on. It sets five punchy hops – Simcoe, Centennial, Crystal, Cascade and Chinook – into battle with a selection of specialty malts; the former contribute peach, apricot and pine aromas, the latter sweet toffee and biscuits. There's welcome complexity to the flavours, a hint of alcohol and a clinging bitterness that reminds you that, while there's plenty of solid malts in there, it's an IPA at heart.

Bad Shepherd

386 Reserve Road
VIC 3192

(03) 8555 3175
Regular events

Wednesday: 50c wings all evening, with around seven different wing sauces and rubs available.

Open Hours

Mon & Tues: 4.30pm onwards
Wed to Thurs: midday to 11pm
Fri & Sat: midday to midnight
Sunday: midday to 8pm