Maris (1349) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JUL 12, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a 330ml bottle on 12/7/2011. Pours a slightly cloudy golden, with a big head. Has a nice fruity aroma (esp passionfruit) with some yeast and bubblegum notes. Flavour wise, it’s a little less involving - just a bit of fairly non-descript fruity sweetness, followed by a quite decent hop kick. Not a bad drop.
crispi (107) - AUSTRALIA - APR 8, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2011 bottle. 33cl. Pours hazy orange brown. Nice aroma of hops and malt with a hint of honey and slight spice. little residue of yeast. white head, with lots of lace. sweet with a long finish. not too carbonated. drinkable.
KapitiCritique (379) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - OCT 1, 2010
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Hashigo Zake
Aroma: slightly toasted not something that jumps and makes itself obvious;
Appearance: murky light brown, minimal head and lacing;
Taste: slightly sour, medium bitter
Palate: light to medium body; thinnish texture, average carbonation, short finish;
Overall: Not really that remarkable
ndon (857) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2010 overly sweet with a slight tinny flavour. tropical fruits and citrus come through with a light bitterness at the finish. a lot better than their english pale ale, though
davidm (2068) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 22, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. This is a great APA. Aromas of grass, and grain. Flavour is long-lasting, and predominantly bitter. Velvety in the palate, and medium-bodied. Amber colour, with a creamy long-lasting head.
mickmac (484) - Ngunnawal, AUSTRALIA - DEC 20, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours with a small average white head over a cloudy red gold body. Aroma of grapefruit and passionfruit. Subdued/modest piney-citrus taste. A full bodied-oily mouthfeel.
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 14, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours hazy golden, white head. Nice fresh hop aroma - citrusy lemon.
The flavour follows suit with a clean body and zesty hops. A very to-style APA: tasty and refreshing.
hawthorne00 (3417) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 20, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2015 [11/09] Bottle. Pretty cloudy pour with visible sediment. Orange, large off-white head that fades. Grassy hops and cantaloupe nose with some dusty sweetshop aromas. Big late-hopping attack, followed by fruits. Not quite enough malt for balance and slightly bubbly mouthfeel. Could use a little more bitterness at the end, too. But nice stuff - it seems like an expression of the style rather than something that’s been tinkered about with to get a result. [3.3]
[12/11] Growler. Nice aromatic hops, but less to back it up. Mango, guava, oranges, again dusty, again could use a little more bitterness. Refreshing.
[12/15] Bottle, from their Advent calendar. Melon, mandarins, mango, spices. Not sure there’s any more bitterness than before but it’s cleaner and maybe a little drier at the end - which kind of comes to the same thing. [3.5]
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 18, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Hazy golden orange body with a bubbly white head that quickly disappears. Fruity, hoppy nose with notes of pineapple, melon, peach, passionfruit and caramel. Flavour is a little sweet and has lots of resiny hops as well as notes of citrus, caramel and stonefruit. Highly carbonated, medium to light body and a nice bitter finish; this is a nice beer, a bit rough around the edges, but overall quite pleasant and refreshing.
Nicko (223) - Ashfield, AUSTRALIA - NOV 9, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Really overcarbonated bottle, it’s been in the fridge undisturbed for a week and frothed out everywhere on opening. Now my kitchen table smells like pineapple. Big amarillo aroma, something not quite right in flavour. A little inky newspaper in the finish. Another aussie APA that you’d only want one or two of; unbalanced and overly sweet.