Brenhophead (538) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 11, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a nice light copper and no where near the aroma of the galaxy single hop, a slight hint of passionfruit?..Has a very light flavour also decent bitterness and ok malt backing. Overall its could be better.
ALLOVATE (2349) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served up just on cool. Big old yeast pack was hard to keep settled in the bottle so a careful, albeit excited pour left a good lot of beer behind. Head was rampant to fill out the rest of the glass and raise a plume out the lip that held well. The body has a lot of fine streams pushing endlessly upwards, a slightly hazy orange amber. Bitter, underripe grapefruit, liquorice root, peach, candied strawberry and sticky, warm toffee nose, well pronounced and on a sweeter tip, with just a hint of bready yeast. Biting through the acridly bitter head was a little unsettling but worth it to reach the beer below. Creamy in mouthfeel, quite light and spritzy upfront. Big wads of hops fill out the mouth. There is spicy aniseed and a herbaceous quality held behind notes of strawberry, honeydew and a lot of grapefruit not unlike its aroma. Not too bitter, in fact tamer than expected, the typified piney notes are in high gear lending a woody dryness to the swallow and linger. Mild floral perfume and candied fruit notes also hang around after each sip. Malts flavours are soft, but it has a great fusion of flavour to hold balance and a well deserved complexity. This showcases this hop fantastically but is oddly nothing like the product description (hop for use in lagers with pronounced Noble hop characteristics!) Iíve got to get hold of some for the coming Summer for test-drive in some golden ales. A very enjoyable, very quaffable IPA, and a great intro for me with this Aussie hop! (33cL, no date stamp, Cellarbrations Carlisle)
Maris (966) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - NOV 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 330ml bottle on 6/11/2011. Pours a slightly cloudy orange with a big thick head. Has a strong, lovely fruity, floral aroma with lots of passionfruit and some lychee. Flavour wise you get a light caramel malt background with a big, lingering grapefruit hop bitterness. Up till now, Bridge Road beers have generally failed to impress me but I like this one. Canít believe itís only 4.8%.
gam (3175) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 14, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Misty orange pour good soft bubbly head aromas perfume like pasionfruit grapefruit flavours medium strong bitter caramel malt finish strong ffruity hop mild sweetness lasting bitter
maneliquor (3006) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours a cloudy straw yellow with a small white head. Mass amounts of passionfruit, blood orange and grapefruit on the nose, very tropical. Less in the taste. Grapefruit and only a tluch of bitterness. Solid single hop. Enjoyed this one
bluevegie (3051) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Grapefruit seems to be the main character coming across in the taste for me. Good bitterness, medium body.
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Mrs Parmaís. Very tropical, nice but a bit rough. Aromas of citrus, pineapple, with hints of grass. Taste has a sweet start, sour notes, and bitterness taking over for a very dry finish. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Cloudy yellow, with a frothy head.
Davros (1869) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark amber with a large head.
Nose shows masses of fruity hops and sweet malt. Big honey, melon and peach blossom notes. Incredibly sweet smelling.
Similar sweet, malty flavours, lots more caramel and cookie dough along with resinous, piny hops. A spicy/grassy noble character shows later, especially in the bold, sharp bitterness. Unfortunately that bitterness has an unpleasant, harsh metallic note to it.
Could use carbonation.
Seems to me like stella hops are great for aroma, but not so much for bittering....
Stew41 (1725) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - SEP 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a good íun. Clean and sharp but not aggressively bitter. Lean fruit profile but seems totally appropriate for these hops. All about the structure here as the flavours are not juiced up with malt and alcohol. Very robust for a sub 5%.
hawthorne00 (2367) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2011 Growler. Gold with a modest white head. Aroma of passionfruit and grapefruit, light biscuit, some window-cleaner. Taste is full of fruits - passionfruit, melon with quite sharp grapefruit bitterness. Some white pepper at the end. Not really reminiscent of noble hops but somewhat restrained fruit salad character. Clinical but lovely hopshow. [3.7] A bit less vibrant in the bottle, but only -0.1.