moped (13) - East Lindfield, AUSTRALIA - SEP 22, 2007
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Best of the lot! Typical AU Pale Ale with little point of difference but none the less a nice drop. Easy drinking, good colour, nice body decent aroma. Worth a go.
Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 14, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Courtesy of Degarth. Pours yellow with bright white head. The aroma is sweet sweet pale maltiness and mild earthy, floral hops and hay. The flavor is similar with sweet sweet maltiness cut by some mild floral hops. OK beer for a hot weather experience.
PorterPounder (4942) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 2, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tallahassee, Fl. - Publix Supermarkets - 11.2 oz bottle. Pours a slightly murky, medium golden with a thin but persistent white head. Hard to place aroma, not unpleasant, - some musky perfume, a hint of nectarines. Flavor has some buttery notes, a touch of ripening fruit, some peppery notes. Mouthfeel is pleasantly thick enough. A decent sumer diversion. Good bitter finish. Barons seems to be a pretty solid brewer - looking forward to more from them.
Aurelius (3719) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly peaty, sweaty-cigaretty-Betty aroma with some lemon. Great bottle, slightly orange-tinged gold, fairly large head on the initial pour. Pretty balanced and drinkable. This is an interesting brew thatís a mix of classic and modern, in terms of PA flavors. A little grapefruit rind, fruity, moderate hopping - but not too bitter. A slightly chemical citrus finish with some off flavors in the high palate. Iíve liked the three brews that Iíve had from this brewery so far. Let this be my last rating for August 2007, since itís 11:45 pm.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
New to Tampa. Toasty grains with light fruit notes, fresh barley and honey notes make up the aroma. A lot going on in the nose, but nothing grabs me as special. The body is golden/orange with a thin lifeless head. Steeped grains, mild sweetness. Watery cereal with mild hop notes is about what you have here.
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle. New to Florida. First rater outside of Australia. Pretty cool. Golden straw body with a small, fizzy white head. Good retention and adequate lacing. Skunky aroma, with some floral hops and malt notes. Flavors of hops, sweet malts and citrus peels. Not much else going on. Palate is light bodied but not watery, finish is medium length and fairly bland. Forgettable.
sinkas (265) - Perth/Fremantle, AUSTRALIA - JUL 17, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, Cellarbrations alfred cove?
Quite a pleasant hoppy aroma to this one, with a good biterness bite, and crisp finish. Pretty good, pity its not a big bigger ber all round.
bluevegie (3028) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 7, 2007
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Clear, orange golden body with average white head. Yeast and fruit on the nose. Thin in the taste, notice the Sauvin hops - just, pretty ordinary but not offensive.
highlandlad (1394) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JUN 10, 2007
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Innovation is a rare commodity in Australian brewing, so itís unfortunate that the end results so often disappoint. According to "Beer & Brewer Australia" magazine, Barons set out to create "a true Pacific Pale Ale" using wheat malt, crystal malt and three types of New Zealand hop. So far so good. But what theyíve produced is a flabby, ill-defined ale of no real character. It looks great, if a little too pale for the label, with a thick 3cm of wheaty whipped-cream head. The aroma is subtle to disappearing point. Gooseberry, passionfruit, a faint herbal note, but nothing to excite the senses. Itís softly carbonated and medium bodied. In the mouth, the NZ Hallertau trumps the Nelson Sauvin and Pacific Gem hops to create a weak, soapy ale with minimal bitterness and a sour-wheat finish. Watery tropical fruits and soda flavours. A very dry finish. The brewer targeted a paltry 30 IBUs; the beer reflects that lack of ambition. Like Little World Beverages, Barons began well but seem to lower their sights with every new release. Why do so many local brewers have such a low opinion of Australian tastes? Whereís the ambition? They apparently have high hopes of cracking the US market, but I canít see why any knowledgeable American drinker would favour this over the superb local APAs. (330ml bottle from Liquor on Parade, Kingsford)
eczematic (1306) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 3, 2007
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
yellow, clear, vb style thin rim of white. looks like vb. smells faintly of high-AA% hops and not much else, maybe a bit of yeast fruit. slight NZ hop tang in the mouth. a bit metallic and piney. low bitterness, very dry, quick finish. empty, bland beer. closer to cascade pale ale than anything.