Brewed by Bridge Road Brewers
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Beechworth, Australia
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Bridge Road Brewers have created their own take on a more traditional beer style - India Pale Ale, originally a heavily hopped beer developed for the long haul from England to India by boat. Fresh hops were added to the barrel and the alcohol was bolstered to ensure the beer went the distance on the high seas. Bling, is a huge beer, with all the bells and whistles. This ale is armed to the teeth with hops and studded with 24 carrot modified malts. At Bridge Road we’ve gone all out to make an IPA that screams hops and malt but still keeps balance in mind. Try matching this beer it with anything spicy or enjoy this malt and hop mouth full on its own. We love it, and hope you can too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
highlandlad (1477) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 22, 2011
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)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maris (1394) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - FEB 5, 2011
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maneliquor (3484) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 8, 2011
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 14, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (5729) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ndon (857) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2010 a true session IPA. plenty of hops with enough of a toffee malt thrown in to keep it in balance

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimmythechippy (90) - , AUSTRALIA - MAY 15, 2010
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.....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jade (434) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 2, 2010
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bendybenbeer (39) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 21, 2010
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.

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