Willie the Boatman Pine Lime & Red Rye-ot

Ice Cream Sour & Red Rye IPA
6.8% & 5.5%

Yeah, crypto is great, but if you’d have invested in ice cream sours three years ago imagine where you’d be now? Perhaps your stocks would have gone up at the same time St Peter’s own Willie the Boatman released Pine Lime Ice-Cream Sour.

A tribute to a "milkbar classic" (I assume a Splice?) this 6.8 percent ABV sour pours gold and clear, looking just like a refreshing lager or pilsner. This is not an illusion that can continue after tasting. A tangle of lime sweetened by pineapple puts a smile on your face and a lingering vanilla turns it almost into a smirk. The citrus is strong but never bitter due to the backend having a creamy ice-cream finish courtesy of the added lactose. The tin promises to be a decadent and layered sour, a claim it deliciously upholds. However, "a walk down memory lane" it is not as I never had a Splice this good growing up.

Although Willie the Boatman are proud of their heritage in Sydney’s inner west, their Red Rye-ot NZ Red Rye IPA is made from 100 percent New Zealand ingredients. Pouring an intriguing deep red (which looks a bit like watered red wine when held to the light) Red Rye-ot holds an impressive foamy head that looks thick enough to chew. On the nose is an almost Christmas cake level of dried fruits, spices, and caramelised sugars.

Unlike what the name suggests, this is no riot on the tongue, however: this glides along like a posh lady’s silk scarf. At first I thought this beer was too light on the tongue but repeat sipping opens up a gorgeous profile with delicate notes of Top N Fill caramel, brown sugar, and the faintest hint of red raspberry lollies. This isn’t an IPA that is stomping down on your tongue, this is a comforting little sipper that can be enjoyed fresh from an esky or chilly bin alike.

Benedict Kennedy-Cox

Published September 5, 2022

Willie The Boatman

Suite 601, 75 Mary Street
St Peters
NSW 2044

Open Hours

Wed & Thurs: 12pm to 9pm
Friday: 12pm to 11pm
Sat & Sun: midday to 9pm

Canberra Fest 2024 B
HCH 2024 B

More from Willie The Boatman

Willie The Boatman Wet Willie & Aye Aye Captain
Fresh Hop NEIPA & Double IPA
6.2% & 8.7%
Willie The Boatman People Be Triflin & Sugar Baby
Christmas Dessert Beers
4.7% & 5.7%
Willie The Boatman Rise & Shine & No Way Jose, Gose
Oat Cream IPA & Mezcal Gose
6.6% & 5.7%
Willie The Boatman Cappuccino Nitro Stout
Nitro Coffee Stout
Willie The Boatman Crazy Ivan IPA
Willie The Boatman Tempe Tim Pale Ale
Willie The Boatman Rogue Draught
Willie The Boatman Albo Pale Ale
Pale Ale
Willie The Boatman Common Ground
California Common
Willie The Boatman Lil Louis XPA
Willie The Boatman Nectar Of The Hops IPA
Willie The Boatman Black Bunny
Dark Ale
Willie The Boatman Old Salty Rockmelon
Rockmelon Gose
Willie The Boatman Andy Smash
Hazy Pale
Wille The Boatman Little Legend
Midstrength Pale