A fruity and resinous XPA using the best and “brightest” Australian hops and malt, and so named after the brightest star in the Southern Cross Constellation.


From the early days of Holgate Brewhouse the finishing hops were almost exclusively imported due to the lack of locally grown hops with character. Thankfully, the Australian brewing and hop scene has come of age and the local hop growers run an awesome breeding program to develop innovative hop varieties.This Australian XPA is born out of a love affair with the new breed of great new hops coming from Hop Products Australia that saw us brew up a series of Australian-hop driven single hop IPAs in our experimental Tank 9 series. Alpha Crucis uses the knowledge we gained from our experiments to highlight the incredible attributes of these ripper Aussie hops. Built from a very simple malt bill of Australian malts we let the hops shine to create an Antipodean XPA suitable for our climate.

Tasting Notes

Alpha Crucis showcases three great hop varieties coming from Hop Products Australia: Galaxy, Topaz and Victoria Secret. Named after the brightest star in the Southern Cross constellation, Alpha Crucis XPA sings of sweet tropical fruits and zingy citrus. The moderate bitterness and clean dry finish makes for an XPA that suits the Australian climate and culture. The 5.5% ABV allows for a more thorough investigation (another pint) of the great hops and malt being grown in Australia.


Australian XPA


ABV: 5.5% EBC: 8 IBU: 50
Hops: Galaxy, Topax, Vic Secret
Malts: Pale, wheat