highlandlad (1470) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lucky Vics. This is one of the better Australian pale ales. Not quite top rung - suffers marginally from the usual problem of being malt heavy, hop light - but hoppier and better balanced than most. Cloudy bottle-brown with an enduring head. Crystal malt-heavy nose - toffee, wine notes, canned peaches and faint passionfruit. Nice, thick mouthfeel. Caramel chews, mint leaves and pine on the tongue. Nice finish. Bit too sweet, as Australian pale ales tend to be. Another 10 IBUs and this would go on my ’regulars’ list. Streets ahead of most of the pale ales on local shelves. (330ml bottle)
Maris (1382) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - FEB 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 330ml bottle on 6/2/2011. Pours a cloudy dark orange. Has a moderate hoppy aroma, with some pine and citrus fruit. In the mouth, there’s some more sweet fruit and toffee, with medium though quite long hop kick. Has a very creamy body. A decent crack at an IPA, though not in the same class as Jamieson’s Beast, Feral’s Hop Hog, or a raft of excellent American IPAs.
maneliquor (3483) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 8, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2012 Bottle from Mane Liquor. Medium brown with an off white head that quickly faded away. Sweet malts on the nose with a hint of raisins and sultanas. Palate isn’t as thick as I’d like but still ok. Starts well with sweet malts and finishes with a decent bitterness. Overrall a good sessionable ipa but I would rather drink feral’s hop hog anyday
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 14, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2010 Bottle. Pours a murky brown with rocky beige coloured head. Good lacing but not a great looking beer to be honest. Aromas are pretty subdied be honest. Some sweet biscuity malt and some resiny hops. Decent enough. Sweet initially followed by some resiny hop bitterness. Fullish mouthfeel. Zingy carbonation.
jgb9348 (5676) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Super hazy, muddied ruby coloured brown body with some copper and bronze highlights and a very thin, fast-dying tan head. Aroma of metal, peaches, nuts, caster sugar, alcohol, pit fruits, raisins and a touch of light hops - definitely not the strongest of the scents though! Medium-bodied; Strong metallic and malty flavours show up first, then fade to a hoppy overtone and a bit of a raisiny and pit fruity (almost like a barley wine) flavour. Overall, an okay IPA, definitely not what i’m used to from American IPAs, but showing a lot of malt, a lot of raisins and a lot of character from this beer. I sampled this 330 mL bottle purchased from SlowBeer in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 31-December-2009 for AU$4.30 sampled at home on the other side of the world in Washington on 06-September-2010.
ndon (857) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2010 a true session IPA. plenty of hops with enough of a toffee malt thrown in to keep it in balance
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. From the ’Beer Cafe, Melbourne, Aus’.
Good body and flavour in the full bodied, US, style. Lovely oily length. Good shape and structure on the palate. Length consistently long.
jimmythechippy (90) - , AUSTRALIA - MAY 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
one of my favourite beers, easily a session beer for me, just the right amount of punch with the hops and the malt backbone to support it all.....
Jade (433) - 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 (39) - 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.