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 (1319) - 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.
mpeve (28) - Bolwarra, AUSTRALIA - JUN 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A heavy hop aroma surrounds the glass that contains a ruby-red ale with a thick, puffy off-white head. This medium-bodied beer provides delicate hints of orange notes amidst a wonderful balance of malt and hops. Overall, a very, very good and drinkable example of an IPA though the alcohol seems a little low for an IPA at 4.8%.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark copper-ruby with a very nice head. Surprisingly, the aroma is dominated by a dry, toasty malt character with very resinous hops present but playing a supporting role. Rich toffee malt character, hop character reminiscent of orange oil, and intense bitterness to the point of roughness. Thereís loads of crystal malt, but it carries it well. This stuff really seems a lot bigger than 4.8%, in fact I did a double-take when I finally realised it was the case. Itís not at the extreme end of the IPA spectrum obviously, but like Emersonís IPA it has enough guts (particularly bitterness) to earn the label. Quite simple, but loaded with flavour. Lovely stuff.
Stew41 (1736) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - MAY 27, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2008 Colour and appearance as per previous notes although definately some more haze this time around. Nose is very good; sweet grapefruit and truckloads of lift. Some harder hop notes in the background. Palate is less impressive; iron and metal notes, firming hops, all quite technically correct but for mine a bit unfriendly. Malt plays a strong role in the back palate.
May 2007 (3.5pts) My quaffing midweeker of the past month or so. Pours a big yellow - light brown head with good rocky texture. Colour is textbook maroon - brown. Nose is typical as well with hard hoppy, bitter, metallic notes; quite forceful. More expansive in the mouth; cutting hard hops, iron fillings (not a bad thing), the faintest of softening touches through a late showing of malt. Well rounded, "all-corners-of-the-mouth" finish. Iíve had better samples but this is still a very solid beer.
bluevegie (3053) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
For an IPA I wasnít expecting this colour, it was a murky muddy brown with a short but solid off white head. Medium hop nose, though in the taste the hops seem to stand out better and are backed by a touch of caramel. Just had a J.Squire IPA but enjoyed this much better.