Three Sheets



In 1986, the Lord was taken over by its current custodians, including Managing Director Blair Hayden. With the aid of an 1852 photograph the new custodians took a beautiful old pub and restored it to its former Colonial glory. A stunning sandstone façade was revealed along with many convict made chisel marks on the locally quarried stone.

A microbrewery was built in the back area of the bar and cellar and the rest is history. Over a quarter century in fact.

Style: Australian Pale Ale     ABV: 4.9%

Tasting notes from the brewer: Lifted florals of citrus with a balanced malty dry finish. Our house favourite here at The Lord. Australian Pale Ale – delightfully balanced malt, overtones of herbaceous hop characters, citrus flora’s and aromas. Medium gold in colour.


Jacob Harris
Jacob Harris

"Put me in the longboat."

Australian pale ale usually has less of the strong floral and bitter flavours I enjoy in the style’s Indian and American cousins, and I initially thought Three Sheets would be more of the same. But this brew from Sydney is much more flavoursome than other examples I’ve tried and a hell of a lot more enjoyable.

It’s light on the bitterness but the finish is crisp and even, leaving you wanting more.

Would I buy it again?
Yes. I plan to have a session in the historic pub this brew hails from next time I’m in Sydney.

Joe Young
Joe Young

"Royal caramel."

As far as beers go, the Lord Nelson Pale Ale isn’t half bad; you would have to think they must be doing something right if they have been around since 1841.

It has some bitterness to it but definitely nothing overpowering especially as it’s offset quite nicely with the caramel and citrus undertones. I would describe this beer as well balanced.

It isn’t the cheapest but I can see why people would be willing to spend a little more to sip on this quality golden beer.

Would I buy it again?
When I’m next in Sydney I would love to give the Lord Nelson pub a visit but I don’t think I’ll be rushing out to get a 6 pack.

Justin Felix
Justin Felix

"Golden opportunity,"

Poured a clear, golden amber colour with a relatively short white head, I must admit, I was hoping for more when it came to the aroma, which was a little off-putting if I’m honest. Thankfully though, the fairly restrained bitterness and light but delicious hop flavour made up for my initial disappointment.

The malty dry finish made it a really sessionable ale worthy of a visit to the Lord Nelson hotel itself. Either that or a six pack at the beach, in a park or anywhere on a summer’s eve really.

Would I buy it again?
I would, but I reckon I’d prefer it on tap at the Lord Nelson.

Paul Skelton
Paul Skelton

“Hard going.”

I don’t understand this seemingly-sudden fascination with pale ales. Who wants to drink beer that leaves you feeling like you’ve sucked on a liquorice root? (Dirty hipsters who want to look like they are deep and meaningful – that’s who...)

But I won’t take my dislike for pale ale and hipsters out on this offering from Lord Nelson, which had great colouring and texture, and it smelled great (quite nutty, really), but it seemed almost flat (there wasn’t a lot of head, even though I deliberately poured badly to try and elicit some frothy goodness) and the flavour was very overpowering (especially for someone who likes lighter flavours).

Would I buy it again?