highlandlad (1402) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - OCT 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Finally, a Welsh rate. RateBeer has been discretely badgering me about it for years - it’s the easiest country to nail that you haven’t rated, the stats say. Damn it, RateBeer, I’m trying, honest! Welsh beer seems to travel to Australia about as rarely as the rugby team these days. Shame. My low expectations for this ale, stumbled on in a pretty run-of-the-mill country bottlo, were pleasantly surpassed. Gold with a chill haze and a loose, shallow head. Fresh, malt-dominated aroma. Lemon, honey and 3am rolls. Palate seems mildly underdone - verging on flat. May be the bottle age or an attempt to mimic cask conditioning? Bread, bread, bread on the tongue. May be the breadiest ale I’ve come across. No complaints here. Bit herbal, bit floral. Overall, one of the best bottled ales I’ve had from the UK, with none of that nasty pasteurised lolly taint. Nice work. (500ml bottle from D’Vine Cellars, Wentworth Falls. BB 4/11/13)
sfuen03 (268) - Barcelona, SPAIN - SEP 30, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Average sized white, dense and appealing head. Golden color, hazy body. Fruity, intense aroma. Pine and tropical fruits. Light mouthfeel, creamy, slightly metallic. Low carbonation, dry finish. Fruity taste, moderate bitterness.
gueuze (251) - - SEP 28, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Schön dezente Citrus-Noten. Schöne Malzigkeit auch im Geschmack. Bittere gut eingestellt, aber leicht nachhängend. Trotzdem genial.
FatPhil (8597) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle(Drink Shop, Tallinn)
On pouring there’s a bold apple, peach, and white grape aroma, almost winey in the latter’s case. But in the glass it’s more citrussy, grapefruity and mixed peel. Paleish orange, huge persistent rocky head. Refreshing crisp palate. Retronasals a little caramelly, then the resiny bitter palate kicks in. Simple barley main taste, but immediately the dark bitter resins kick in again. A little herbal and leafy, undergrowthy perhaps. Drying and long, a bit grapefruity. Anna sounded underwhelmed by her experience when she described it to me, but for me this is a very good moderate-strength bitter. Has a bit of everything you want in a bitter, and no real drawbacks. 4.2% and bottled - hard to beat in that zone.
thirstyrabbit (1000) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Golden amber body, tall white head. Floral and fruity hops in the aroma. Very hoppy taste with some light fruitiness. These guys love their hops - it’s close to IPA territory, like the two other Celt ales I tried from this brewery. Nice label design - you can probably win over wine people with this.
ALLOVATE (2281) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very classy looking number even prior to the cap coming off. I was biased to like it I suppose, but it pays off with fervour when it was time for a test-run. Cool, but not cold, and into a snifter this one produces up a radiant, misty orange copper with little evident carbonation. After a rough pour settles a good inch of rocky and messy white foam that laces well. Very floral bouquet edged with notes of caramelised orange, lemon curd and palest honey. Assertively hopped, piney and resinous on the palate. Body is light with the head offering it a creaminess and added bitter bite. Grass and rose water, pineneedles and raspy herbs dwell long between sips. Overall it is dry with just a touch of tangy citrus upfront. Backed by enough grainy malt to keep it balanced this is devilishly quaffable. Quality from branding to glass. Delicious! (50cL, BB 18/05/14, Dan Murphy’s Balcatta)
StevieT (381) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 8, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Strong floral aroma, pours with a medium white head, quite a lot carbonation. Slightly sweet fruity taste, not too bad a beer.
KeefOz (763) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
BB 18.05.2014. Poured a slightly hazy golden amber colour with a one- to two-finger off white foamy head that diminished quickly to leave a ring around the glass. Laced OK. High carbonation as seen by lots of medium sized bubbles forming many trails. Aroma dominated by hops. Taste first up with a touch of sweetness but this quickly followed by floral hops and a lingering hops bitterness after-taste. Light body. Smooth with a long dry bitter finish. Not like other golden ales I’ve tried - more of a pale ale.
PorterPounder (5196) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tallahassee, Fl - Killearn Liquors - 500 ml WWI hand grenade bottle. Pours a murky light orange with an initial rocky white head that fades quickly. Aroma has a lemony tint to it, hints of vanilla. Flavor has some light sweet toffee notes, a hint of light citrusy lemon bitterness, just a touch of spearmint. Decently thick mouthfeel. Decent blonde ale.
Quack-Duck (7517) - Down South, GERMANY - AUG 31, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. Clear golden colour, large white head. Fruity and malty with hints of citrus fruit, nice bitter-aromatic hoppy finish.