hawthorne00 (2375) - 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 (2275) - 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 (1869) - 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.
gam (3183) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Large creamy biege head good carbonation in a rich copper coloured IPA aroma stonefruit citrus very hoppy malt caramel note flavour smooth at first then a citrus tang orange peel smooth caramel pear nice beer this finish smooth fruity good bitter.
kearnsy (68) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Royston, Richmond. Looks great, deep amber almost copper colour with nice thick creamy beige head. Burnt hop aromas with underlying malt. Flavour is sweet malt and pine needles from the hops. Nice even palate, flavours come together well for me. Great example of an IPA, could be a bit harder on the hop bitterness, but very well crafted, take a bow guys you have created a little beauty!
mkel07 (3136) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 11, 2009
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2011 330ml bottle. First rated this back in February 2011 and I don’t know if my palte has developed or this has gotten better since then but it is much better than I recall. Poured a copper colour with a heaped crown of beige foam. Aroma is packed with hops and citrus with some caramel hiding in there as well. Rich malty flavor, nutty and caramel that is quite good. Long and lingereing on the palate.