Jade (409) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Out of a bottle into a tulip glass. Murky brown colour with a biege head. Aroma of malt, quite pleasant and not as over powering as similar brews. Rich, toasted malt flavour with a bitter after taste. I like this one, quite pleasant.
bendybenbeer (38) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 21, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interesting beer this one. Off white/beige head, dense. Murky brown. Not the prettiest to look at, but the taste makes up for that! Aroma is fairly subdued; malt aromas the more noticeable, rather than hops. But hey, how old is the bottle? And considering the storage conditions (shelf), it’s traveling alright. I really wish local bottlo’s would put all their fragile (read:craft) beers in the fridge. It would hold them in good stead, as well as continue the good name of the brewery...Anyway, I digress....
Mouthfeel of the beer is bang on. Good carbonation, pleasing bitterness in the aftertaste, and albeit out of character for a fairly responsible ABV, a little alcohol remains...
Overall, IMO, I’d like higher a ABV, a little less malt and more hop character. But this is still a great beer! And one I would happily buy again.
mickmac (484) - Ngunnawal, AUSTRALIA - DEC 20, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours with an off-white- tan head over a read brown hazy body. Aroma of caramel, toast and marmalade. Taste of marmalade, spicey, floral and with a mpdest bitter finish. Medium to full bodied.
hawthorne00 (2434) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2011 Bottle. Murky copper, tight beige head that fades quite a bit. Savoury malt and hop aroma. Hop aroma is predominantly grass and citrus, but there are pine, flowers and herbal touches too. Medium to full body. Fruity sweetness with big but subtle bitterness. Perhaps the finish could linger longer.
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 14, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Hashigo Zake. Pours hazy amber, good IPA colour. Hoppy malty aroma, zesty hops but a bit of sulfur.
Flavour is well balanced between zesty hops and malt body. A great lingering bitterness on the finish makes this a solid IPA.
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 30, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Very hoppy, great taste. Aroma of grass, and bitter flavour that lasts long. Palate is velvety, and it has a medium body. Orange colour, with a frothy white head.
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a light reddish copper colour with a creamy beige head that lasts for a little while. Aroma has plenty of floral hops as well as notes of toffee, malt, cinnamon and some tropical fruits. Flavour is not as strong as the nose suggests but has hints of citrus, malt, toffee and some bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is on the light side but still has enough body to hold it all together. Easy to drink and not overly sweet or bitter, this is a nice example of the style without pushing any boundaries.
jonno (2325) - JAPAN - SEP 25, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2011 Beechworth seem to like uping the malt, thankfully this is reasonably hoppy as well. Not in West coast territory, but still quite bitter on the finish. Nose is dominated by the malt and this baby is dark for the style. Pretty easy drinking and reasonably balanced.
Davros (1939) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 14, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Earthy red pour with a thin covering of off-white head.
Aroma has lots of grassy hops, lots of sweet fruit notes. Grapefruit, peach, apples and pear. Underlying sweet toffee malt is definitely not forgotten.
Nutty/toasty cereal malt is first impression upon tasting, followed by an impressive long-lasting bitterness characterised by a slight grapefruit hoppy note.
Quite highly carbonated. Nice heavy mouthfeel though.
Much more malt driven than several other IPA’s I’ve had, which I’m quite partial to.
MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - MAR 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (330ml) 5.8%. Poured burnt copper with a lightly tanned, dense frothy head which was average lasting. Strong notes of resinous piney hops in the aroma with superb tropical fruit notes; passion fruit, pineapple, ripe apricots and some biscuity malts and toffee to back it all up. Flavor was a dry resinous hop bitterness (as expected) with grapefruit, passionfruit, nectarines, toffee malts and a great dry piney/grassy finish. Medium bodied with soft carbonation, a dry hoppy mouthfeel and a great finish. An extremely sessionable IPA – very moreish.