voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 8, 2005
1.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pale golden in colour, with small white head. Skunky malty nose, very stale and strange. Not much in the taste, maybe a cross between Carlton Druaght and Coopers Pale, probably tasting more like the former. Other than that there is little to report, bland and just slightly better than the mainstram bunch. It has a clean finish i guess. I prefer their light, strangely enough
JoeMcPhee (8147) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2005
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pale 375 ml bottle. Pale golden beer, pale malt and grassy aroma. Thin malt flavour. Neither terribly fresh, nor terribly good.
strappa (55) - Hobart, AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2005
1.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
used to be my favourite beer before CUB (carlton united brewery) took over the brewery now tastes like dishwater and is a sure fire way to get a hangover. would rate it higher but just cant bring myself to.
DuffMan (6070) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 27, 2005
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Was disappointed by this one. I really like their premium pale lager, so I thought this would have even more "character" as a pale ale, but it didn’t. Decent enough I guess.
omhper (18721) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 10, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Golden colour, clear, no head. Dryish with clean, hard maouthfeel. There’s a hint of boiled vegetables before a lightly hoppy finish with medium bitterness.
ashbeero (51) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 8, 2005
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pale golden coloured beer with a short lasting white head. very citrusy hop aroma aswell as some pale malt. weakly hoppy flavour with some malt notes. relatively weak bitterness and a clean finish. Not what i was expecting, which i guess was more of an american pale ale (LCPA styled). Still not a bad beer but lacked any real character.
blacksheep (1) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 8, 2005 does not count
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pale golden colour with an orange tinge. Thinnish white head, with medium/large bubbles. Hops dominated sweet citrus aroma but lacks complexity. Reasonable mouthfeel, palate too lacks complextiy with similar caracteristics to the nose but with a hint of mango and orange zest. Palate was a bit disappointing due to its shortness.
Stew41 (1655) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - MAY 22, 2005
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
As expected not a lot to report here. Ultra clear medium yellow / gold with a thin head. Not bad lacing though. Strange nose, has character, but not one I’d call appealing (soapy citrus hops??). Similar in the mouth; a sliver of citrus ’twang’ that saves the beer from total failure. Stale notes lurk underneath. Now I don’t want to get all cultual cringe on yous but I’ve just come back from 3 weeks in the US and drank 50+ beers across all styles and price points that blows this and other CUB crap away...what is wrong with brewing in this country?
Oh yeah...I sell it too. Where’s my conscious?
highlandlad (1402) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11, 2005
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
For my money, Cascade is the best of the Aussie macro-producers, which is not saying much. This is no pale ale, but it makes a decent pils-style summer session beer. Poured pale gold with a rocky 1cm head and big champagne bubbles. Sparkling, indeed. Dull aroma of cardboardy malt with a suggestion of citric hops and mango ice cream. Tastes better than it smells. Lots of fruity malt on the tongue and a short, gently bitter finish. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Perhaps rating Tooheys New, Extra Dry, Pils and VB in quick succession has reduced my expectations but this seems like a champion ale in comparison.
ALLOVATE (2263) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 9, 2005
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
I did my best and judged this one with the same regard I give to all falsely named and marketed ’Ales’ or ’Top Fermenters’ in Australia (especially lagered beers passed as ales). It makes you shudder!!!. Anyway, poured a pale straw body, with a slowly forming dense white head that managed to stick around ’till the end. Aroma of recycled cardboard (stale hops), mulling CO2 and only the slightest hint of pale malt. Little malt in front with bastard ’Pride of Ringwood’ hops throughout and a short dry aftertaste ,made it hard to think of seconds. Not good at all, just another falsely named beer of OZ!