varanid99 (345) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Darkish gold pour, thin white head. Big citrusy nose, some pine and biscuity malt. Flavour is all citrus and pine with strong bitterness, fades a little to leave citrus at the end.
ALLOVATE (2221) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasting from Marí 2008.
Last new beer of the day, the least notes.
Pours an orange copper and sparkling with fine carbonation sluggish to rise. Tight and tidy, glossy pad of white atop, lasts and laces well. Thick and full, zesty and tangy citrussy hop nose with a good whack of toasted and crystal malts. Assertively bitter in the mouth. Tangerines and blood oranges, grapefruit and stinging nettles with a truck load of pine resin. Big peak, a floral, tangy, citrussy drop-off into a malty, hoppy swallow that sees everything working harmoniously. Soft carbonation, good firm mouthfeel becoming creamy in back. Juicy esters just kept me salivating. Nice balance of malt and hop, not aggressive but definitely peaking. Very nice! (pint serve, on Draught at the brewery, Cowaramup)
ndon (857) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
draught at taphouse sydney in july 09. pours a lighter copper with a small off white head. aroma is of oranges and another citrus. taste is sweet to start with orange, grapefruit and possibly mango, before a decent bitterness kicks in on the finish
Stew41 (1624) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - FEB 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very simple build but works very well. Light citrus early and the hops come through nicely. Good balance here.
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown! / Waikato, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 10, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at The Local Taphouse, Sydney. (7.2% ABV). Pours dark golden with a medium white head. The aroma is biscuit malt and floral nose. The flavour is sweet malt and tropical fruit. Sweet and bitter mouthfeel and balanced well. Itís not one of the better IPAís there on the day.
Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 22, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark amber with a substantial off white head. Aromas are exceptionally hop driven, sense some caramel malt, but piney hops dominate. Palate brings a decent amount of caramel malt before medium-high hop bitterness drives the finish. Agree with mullet that malt and hops lacked real synergy, but didnít pick up on any technical faults...Not that iím great in that department!
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 18, 2009
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at The Local Taphouse. Good fresh hop aroma reminiscent of young pine needles (where the classic US hop character is more mature/Pine O Cleen) and other NZ (?) hop character but otherwise marred by the same issues as the Pale Ale - only to a greater extent. More crystal malt, more hops, more acid, more harshness, though about the same level of diacetyl. Flavours seem completely disjointed and the hop flavours especially clang around without a solid maltiness to carry them. The hop character (aroma especially) is actually very good, itís just got nothing to hold onto. As it is itís pretty hard going. Where is Dr Quick when we need him?
bluevegie (3029) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 20, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This replaces the Dr Quick. Tried on tap at the brewery on both Tuesday and Wednesday this week and what a difference a day makes. Tuesday I struggled to drink it as it was too bitter for me, come Wednesday it was still the same beer but it went down a treat. Slightly murky coppery amber body with a short but lasting head. Full hop flavours showing both in taste and aroma but good malts backing it up. Seems thick in body and you donít seem to notice the alcohol as you canít get past the hops.