mkel07 (2520) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 24, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
330ml bottle. Golden bright amber colour with a large thick white head that is deep like fresh snow. Aroma of freshly picked oranges and mandarins with a piney backdrop from the hop cones. Zingy and zesty in the mouth.
ALLOVATE (2281) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 8, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Produces a hazy, yellow gold with sparse and intermittent carbonation and a few sea monkeys floating about.Creamy, compact off white head is lasting and adds to the overall mouthfeel. There is a potent, swelling, all hop nose that is arguably seductive. Passionfruit, pineapple, lychee and pear, candied lemon and lime zest meld with notes of vine clippings, pine needles, peppery spice, eucalypt and citronella oil. Juicy, tangy mix of bitter and ripe citrus and tropical fruits dominate the palate. more pineapple, lychee, pear, etc., just a continuation of that wonderful bouquet. Quite foamy but firm; the body is relatively light and the carbonation just a prickle reserved for the tip of the tongue. Sun-drenched malt flavour shines through, giving balance. Not overly bitter in the tail; piney, light wood, subtly floral, but still all hops. This is a showcase glorifying our current hop industry and finally bringing Australia out of the dark ages of the dreaded Pride of Ringwood. These guys have produced a lip-smacking, bang-up, Friday night come Sunday session killer of a beer. And credit to them for keeping it below 5.0% ABV. Lovely stuff. (33cL, no date stamp, Cellarbrations Carlisle)
hawthorne00 (2255) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2013 Bottle, 12C. Pours pale gold with a large fluffy white head. Smells of grapefruit, blood oranges and a little resin with an odd (but not unpleasant) Wit-like yeast note - although a lot less than some others look to have found. The hop aroma is fresh but mild. Thereís light nectarine sweetness underneath aromatic but modest bitterness. Utterly frivolous throwing around of fresh hops with just enough malt to make it work. Fresh and lovely seasonal session beer. [3.6]
[5/11] 2011 version: as above, but with more tropical fruit notes in both aroma and taste - lychees and passionfruit I suppose - and a touch of spice in the finish. That (odd yeast?) character is there again, but I still donít mind it. The hops are interesting and very unusual. [3.6]
[4/12]2012 version. Hazy yellowish orange with a modest white head. Aroma of oranges, lychees, gooseberries, menthol, marijuana. Fruity with a dry and quite bitter finish thatís still overmatched by the green hops. [3.6]
2013 version - again different hops. Aroma is less tropical and green - a little cleaner with lime joining lychees and passionfruit. Bitterness is higher and the finish is dry and buzzing. Liked this version better. [3.7]
VastActiv (2201) - Oulu, FINLAND - OCT 4, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 0.33l at Black Door, Helsinki. Bottled 28/03/13. Colour is clear golden with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, citrus, grape, hops and malts.
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MrHangover (2141) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ beer temple. Pours a clear pale color with a nice, frothy head. Aroma is full of hops resins. Tangerine, orange, grapefruit. Flavor is incredibly hoppy. Nice balanced bitter. Very juicy.
jonno (2130) - JAPAN - OCT 31, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with Nate. As he says it may be a bit passed it, but i still enjoyed it. Looked a bit piss weak, very light straw yellow. Aroma is malt accentuated with faint hops. In the mouth is quite heavy and the resonious hops are interesting. Overall well done. Fresher I could only imagine it mgght be a few points higher. Cheers Nate!
davidm (1926) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Delicious. Aromas of citrus, and pine. Taste starts sweet, with some sourness, and a long bitter finish. Palate is velvety, with a light-to-medium body. Cloudy yellow, with a frothy white head.
Davros (1806) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours amber with a large head.
Nose shows ridiculously fresh hops... like that green, just picked flowers and fresh mown grass smell. Lots of resin, very sweet, very spicy. Amazing. Plenty of cookie dough malt to back it up as well.
Loads more cookie dough as a flavour, along with a fair bit of bready malt before transitioning to a hint of grainy-ness. some nutty notes in there as well, pecans or something.
Lively carbonation is a bit excessive, but the body is quite smooth.
Stew41 (1662) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - JUN 26, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A great companion to the more intense but far less sessionable Bling IPA. This beer shows fantastic balance and the green nettle hops are a real highlight on both the nose and in the mouth. This hop input is quite subtle but matches the structure very well. Lachlan is right in saying that the palate power is a bit light but this didnít detract from the sheer drinkability. A true session beer if I ever saw one.
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown! / Waikato, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 31, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours pale golden with a small white head. Okay first off Iím not sure about the freshness of this bottle but here goes anyway...nice fruity hop aroma - mainly tropical fruit mix with a faint grassy even resiny backdrop. The flavour is quite subtle by way of malt backbone but does enough to support the fruity hops which are obviously the showcase in this beer. Itís not heavy on the palate making this one very quaffable, with a smooth bitterness that lingers through to the finish. All up a solid APA but I think it may have lost itís punch after some time in the bottle.