halfbaked (47) - - NOV 9, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pale golden colour. Malt aroma with a background of sharp fruit. Malty, smooth flavour with medium low carbonation. A touch of citrus bitterness in the aftertaste. Ok.
Swanny6193 (17) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 10, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Alright hops in the taste, little bit of
Malt, too. Bit chemically. Not much in the aroma.
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Sevenlee (884) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - FEB 25, 2013
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours an orange colour. Aroma is some malt, hints of fruit and something that, for some reason, resembled corn. Taste is pretty light on most things with little bitterness. Pretty watery. Wasn’t too impressed at all.
rhsiung (310) - USA - OCT 29, 2012
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
not the badlands i usually think of! i prefer their dark. leaves, woody, sparkling, butterscotch, creamy, astringent, cereal, clear, light
ComradeK (731) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - AUG 9, 2011
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
330ml bottle. Pours a light, clear gold, with a tiny, loose head, which fades almost instantly. There’s not a whole lot going on as far as aroma is concerned - some mercifully weak soapy notes, and perhaps a metallic tang, but nothing more. An unpleasant artificial lemon taste hits as soon as the beer touches the lips, but is soon overcome by a bland, metallic sensation (I think "taste" would be overstating things here). Stale, slightly leafy hops come in next, with a mildly astringent finish. This is easily the worst beer I have had for some time, which is more than a little disappointing, as the IPA from the same brewery was acceptable, and the porter very enjoyable. It treads a fine line between dull tastelessness and active awfulness, and to be honest I don’t really care on which side it collapses. Either way, it joins a long list of pale ales designed to lure the sort of person who drinks commercial pale lager, which is to my mind an exercise in futility. Leave them to their dull and watery beverages, and keep proper beers for those who appreciate them, instead of trying to pander to the lowest common denominator.
Pyobon (728) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 27, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Clear golden with good white head. Beautiful flowery and delicate fruit aroma with malty biscuity hints. Medium body and carbonation. Refreshing fruity start with nice gentle maltiness and some reasonable bitterness in the finish. A great pale ale.
crispi (102) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 5, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
0.33l bottle. clear pours dark amber. White head, with a little lace. Aroma of malted biscuit and toffee, with a hint of citrus. quite a bit of bitterness. moderately carbonated with a medium finish.
mkel07 (2340) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 21, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
330ml bottle. Clear dark amber in colour and carries a level layer of white foam. Distinct malt profile in the aroma. Easy to drink and light on the palate with a good balanced flavour. Okay for a new brewery.
highlandlad (1375) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 16, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A well-made session ale from a new brewer from the NSW central west. Not especially ambitious for a first shot - this is very much in Coopers Pale Ale country and I’m not sure that there’s a market for something this similar in a higher price bracket. Translucent gold with a thin corona. Malt-dominated aroma with some coppery hop character but not a great deal to hold the attention. Quite full in the mouth, with bready malts leading into a mildly bitter finish. Hoppier than CPA but not by enough to warrant a return visit. Wouldn’t be out of place in an English pub. A live cask version would be interesting. Hope this is the start of good things from this brewer after the demise of the unlamented Hopping Mad in the same district. (330ml bottle)
Maris (748) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - FEB 10, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear medium golden colour. There is not a lot to detect aroma wise - just a little fresh cut grass and grain. There’s more to the flavour, which is actually quite unusual - some mango and apricot, with a little lemon. The hops kick in nicely at the back, and the finish is quite long. Quite a decent drop.