beerequalizer (22) - - APR 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from WCNW... For a strong ale, this one is quite nice... Needs a little more balance, but overall a fairly pleasant drop. nate2g...0.9 Total Score? Really? Why rate it? Maybe you should have told them at the time it was infected... that way they could go about fixing the problem...
Cantabrian (867) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 21, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2012 On tap at Dux Live, during the Tainted show. Actually, I pointed to the Nor’wester thinking that I would get the stout, which is a Sou’wester. I only came to realise when I got the glass (less than a pint) that it was a pale ale. Now I don’t know if it was the savagery of that great concert that made me enjoy this even more, but this strong beer was pretty damn wicked! Fruity and dry, well packed together in a pleasant drinking experience, that’s all I remember. Something that surely I must try again.
Jimthechap (1750) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lovely coppery amber colour with a transient white head that doesn’t appear to hang around. I’m not sure what it is about the aroma that puts me in mind of authentic German yeast strains. There’s a fruit salad quality to the aroma on top of bready malts. Enticing.
Then there’s the taste. I was always a fan of this style anyway so it was going to be popular. It delivered on my expectation having muscle, gorgeous orangey malt flavours and a soft bitterness. A thoroughly enjoyable pale ale and easily my favourite from the Dux stable. Best of luck with the rebuild chaps.
Ungstrup (29699) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. A dark amber beer with a light tan head. The aroma has strong notes of caramel combined with notes of malt. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, and bread, leading to a dry finish, where the caramel note lingers.
KapitiCritique (345) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - APR 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Malt--hints of bread, cereal, chocolate, and coffee (very slight). Hops-- grass (but very minimal).
Appearance: reddish brown, clear with no particulate matter and a small frothy head and medium lacing, off white colour.
Taste: no hint of sweetness, distinctive hoppy bitterness with slight hint of sourness.
Palate: Full bodied with creamy texture (light), very little carbonation and a bitter, sour finish that lingers somewhat.
Overall a very nice pale ale, rather complex.
DonBirnam (108) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 10, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very nice colour - almost perfect copper. Not much aroma at all. Flavour is all dry maltyness with limited citrus and fruity - hop character. Nice but not sensational.
bluevegie (3059) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 29, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hints of caramel mixed with the dried fruit in the taste, alcohol also a bit noticeable. Body is a reddy amber with an off-white head. Finish is sometimes heavy and cloying then sometimes thin aand watery.
phaleslu (6701) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Dux de Lux in Queenstown. Pours copper with a medium eggshell head. Hops, caramel malt, pine, and alcohol make up the aroma. The flavor follows suit, along with fruit and wood. Light-medium bodied. Crisp, with a bite at the end. Lacks the balance that would help it match up better in this style. However, I did like this one better than most of the other DDL offerings I tried.
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 7, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours light, clear slightly reddish brown with a bubbly off-white head. Fair amount of hops on the nose with aromas of pine, lavender, caramel and burnt sugar. Flavour also features a strong hop presence as well and has hints of caramel, tropical fruit, a little woodiness and citrus with a lingering bitterness at the end. Overall this seems a bit disjointed and not particularly well balanced but it is an ok beer and quite easy to drink.
TimE (3299) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 22, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
My first beer rated at work online. Dark brown color, huge caramel malts hits the nose. Hops are there, but in the background. Earthy, toffee notes in the mouth. Definitely looking like an English ale, but a bit lacking in balance and a bit more bittering hops than usual. Slight toffeeish finish with mild bitterness. Pleasant, but needs more balance.