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Brewed by Bridge Road Brewers
Style: American Pale Ale
Beechworth, Australia

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RATINGS: 91   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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A Hop driven american style Pale, brewed in Historic Beechworth. Tropical nose, exhibiting melons and passionfruit, finishing smooth lingering bitterness. One for the real beer enthusiast.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (19225) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2006
Bottled. Cloudy amber, rich head. Obvious hop aroma with melon, orange and ash. Medium sweet with fairly soft mouthfeel and a firm malt profile. The hop flavours are like a fruit salad, with plenty of undefined fruits. It finishes with medium bitterness. An interesting, tasty little beer.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
highlandlad (1413) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 29, 2006
Quite a decent Australian APA, a bit over-carbonated but quite drinkable. Hazy brown colour with a good head showing fair length. The aroma was the best thing about it. Showed chewy caramel with plenty of Cascade/Amarillo piney notes and melon. Fair balance of caramel and pine on the tongue but not enough of either, I thought. Found the carbonation very intrusive. Doesn’t quite deliver on the aroma. (Duff homecoming gathering)

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2006
Bottle. Quite cloudy in appearance. Aromatic US hops in the nose. Some slight biscuity malt to start, with a beautiful hop leaf character, citrus, grapefruit, tropical fruit, finishes with some medium bitterness. Felt quite homebrewy, but i mean this in the best possible way. This was very decent.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 16, 2006
Poured a cloudy caramel brown with a thick creamy head. Dry piney hop aroma with a grapefruit tilt. The dryness carries through into the flavour, bringing a nice long bitterness. Unfortunately there was also a bit of a hospitally taste. It’s good, with a nice medium body and a good level carbonation, but it doesn’t have the all round integration of some of the better APAs.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vanvenlo (1201) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 5, 2006
10 Sep 05 - Fruity and slight burnt sulphur aroma, but not unpleasant. Cloudy light yellow-brown colour, Ok head and reasonable lacing. Big hoppy and light sweet fruit flavour. Dry hop finish with pronounced bitterness. The harsh hoppiness is a bit too much for me.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stew41 (1728) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - NOV 16, 2005
Very attractive looking beer - big powdery head upon pouring and excellent thick lacing. Big nose, good lift of tropical fruits and floral / herbal notes. Palate is more subdued; sweet malt hints early before firming up in the back palate with herbal hops and a good lick of bitterness. Very good effort from a local bloke.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Choos (592) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - NOV 4, 2005
Aroma: hints of toffee and loads of passionfruit. Appearance: golden yellow with a slight haziness from the yeast. Bubbly head with some patchy lacing. Flavour: passionfruity hop bitterness but with balanced with loads of sweet malt. The hop flavour/aroma gives a fantastic floral finish. Palate: not as much lingering bitterness as I am used to with this "style" but lasting sweetness. Overall: I actually like this!

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lunkie (1399) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - SEP 13, 2005
Spicy burnt hop aroma. Yellow brown cloudy colour with good head and lacing. Bitter burnt malt flavour. Fizzy palate.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bluevegie (3051) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 5, 2005
Good frothy white head, American Pale Ale but not as full on as others I have tried, lemon and fruit in the taste, cascade hops on the nose, dull golden straw body, a good APA but it loses it towards the end, similar to little creatures but more suited for my palate.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 16, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2005 Dark gold-light copper colour, clear, nice head. Smells (and tastes for that matter) a lot like Little Creatures. It has that floral, lychee, Nivea hand cream, US hop character I just can’t manage to get in my own APAs. It’s so similar to LC I wonder if they use a hopback. Icing sugar malt sweetness is overrun by big, prickly, herbal hop flavour with some vanilla and Brazil nuts in there somewhere. Bitterness is big and LONG with a quinine character. It finishes quite rough (not necessarily in a bad way but it doesn’t seem as classy) which is the only thing that really sets it apart from LC. It’s funny, just by looking at the bottles I had a feeling that this brewery’s beers would be good (and I was right!) - the only thing I can think is that the descriptions on the bottle made them sound like they knew what they were talking about.
RR: A bottle I suspect was from the same batch as my original rating (16/08/05.) Age hasn’t really done it any favours. Hop aroma is very much subdued, with a weird phenolic, almost roast malt-esque character throughout. Certainly not as bitter as it was either. This one was more of a typical, middle-of-the-road Aussie APA, unfortunately.


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