Stew41 (1793) - 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 (1434) - 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 (2549) - 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!
Filthmuppet (33) - Newtown, AUSTRALIA - NOV 5, 2004
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
It’s just no good. Did taste a bit better out of the tin in Tasie, that probably had something to do with the fact that we hadn’t had a beer in 24 hours. Just weak and dull. Why do most Aussie beers try and make themselves so boring? Its like them are not trying to offend anyone. This beer is a good case in point.
jgb9348 (5012) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Golden coloured body with some light orange highlights and a thinnish white off-white head. Aroma of nice light hops (with more of a floral quality), pale malt and some slight caster sugar essences. Light to Medium-bodied; Assertive hoppiness (compared to other Aussies) with a strong malt backbone the whole way. Long refined aftertaste showcasing the malt, but bringing bitterness to the palate with the hops. Overall, a nice and welcome variation from the norm with subpar Aussie beers to date. I sampled this 12 ounce bottle at the Crown Casino on 03-June-2004 in Melbourne, Australia.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUN 25, 2004
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
a little better than the cascade light, but still a boring, uninspired beer. Yellow body with white head. Weak hops in the nose and taste is bright hops and skunky malt. Spicy finish.
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 20, 2004
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle: Poured gold with a medium head that didn’t last. Aroma of hops and weak pale malt. Flavour was similar. Nice enough body with a good bitterness. Certainly not a Pale Ale.
AlphaOne (142) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 16, 2004
0.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Looks like a pale lager. Aroma is of pride of ringwood hops, slight grassyness. flavour is of cane sugar and horrible pride of ringwood, this beer is so blatantly a lager, how they get away with calling it an ale is a mystery to me. Rubbish. ps: calling it a pilsner is disgraceful(Trogdor and Muggus, i’m looking at you)
theread (51) - Wagga Wagga, AUSTRALIA - MAR 12, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Man, I like this. Not a pale ale but a lager I would think. Nice hop bitterness and malty taste, but not overpowering. You could drink this one all night if you could get past the 5% ABV. Quite easily drunk and much better than VB and the like. Cheers folks.
Spanner (60) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - FEB 25, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A cracking all-rounder of an ale: refreshing, tart and punch-packing, able to be drunk all night, and a winner with a host of food options.