nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - JAN 3, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a reddish copper with a beige head. Malty aroma with floral hops. The malt flavour in this one does not compliment the hop bitterness for my liking and results in an unbalanced beer. Medium finish with a harsh dry finish.
madquacker (1063) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - OCT 27, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hard to fault this. Lovely burnt look and taste with a good head. Plenty of hops over charcoal. Very refreshing and grippy. Excellent brew.
Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 25, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours hazy amber with auburn highlights. Head is beige...i think, didn’t stick around for long. Aromas are about right for the style, stonefruit and pine hops with sweet malt in abundance. Palate is a tad reserved for the style. More sweet malt, (hinting burnt caramel) apricot, pine hops. Finish is long but not overly bitter, seems to lack penetration. A very freindly interpretation of the style. Good effort for relatively low abv!
Pyobon (1027) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 26, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2013 Bottle. Cloudy amber brown with beige head. Surprisingly little aroma: slightly hoppy. Medium body, well carbonated. Flavour seriously dominated by hops with very bitter finish. Overall I found this an unbalanced beer, overwhelmed by hoppy bitterness.
Tried this again 2013/04/03 on tap and enjoyed it much more: Ar: 8, Ap: 3, Ta: 8, Pa: 4, Ov: 15.
Samma (73) - Fitzroy, AUSTRALIA - JUN 10, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at brewery and then later in bottle. This is a little beauty. Wonderfully amber in colour with burnt aroma and well-balanced palate. At the lighter end of the IPA spectrum but beautifully crafted. Not sure Iíve tasted a better IPA in Australia.
Muggus69 (1390) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - MAR 5, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle served chilled. Near-opaque deep amber body with thick off-white foam leaving nice lace. Burnt caramel background with grassy citrus hops on the nose. Body considerably lean, reasonably low carbonation, slightly tannic lingering malt quality to it. Big hit of burnt toffee malt balanced, and overpowered even, by earthy, grassy, citrusy hops, juicy with flavour, stamping an assertive lingering bitterness. Probably needs just a bit more body, but quite a nice IPA regardless.
Lunkie (1533) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - FEB 27, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sweet ma;t hop aroma. Murky brown colour with poor head and lacing. Sweet malt smokey hop flavour. Fizzy palate.
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2008 Pretty dark as others have said. Big off-white head. Aroma of strong caramel and grapefruity amarillo notes. Pretty straight forward but I like how malty it is. Nice full flavour... Iíve drunk quite a bit of this stuff and Iím really struggling to believe that its 4.8%. Lots of american hops, not much bitterness, all works pretty well. Perhaps a bit husky tasting near the finish, pretty sweet too. enjoyable.
Edit, had this on tap and it states 6.8%, thats more believable..
eczematic (1321) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - OCT 10, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
darker than expected - deep red. which leads me to suspect abuse of crystal malts. big hop-oily head of loose bubbles. heavy crystal presence in nose and palate, with plenty of grapefruit and vanilla from cascade or similar. some nutty/toasty malt adds interest, but itís too thick sweet and chunky to be drinkable - this sort of overload of sweetness "balanced" with overload of cohumulone just isnt my thing. trace of acetic infection in finish too. this beer would have been amazing in this country even two or three years ago but now you need more.
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - SEP 10, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It pours like an American stlye IPA in that it isnít clear and coppery like the mainstream ones a la JS. It seems to promise a bit more body and it does. Nice and chewy with the requisite hoppiness of the style. Like mothers I think this bats outside of its league as it is the same ABV and the JS IPA. Lovely resinous toffee nose and a great mouthfeel round off a very good experience. This reminds me a lot of the Jamieson Beast but not at the 7% of this beer. Well done to the lads.