highlandlad (1394) - Blue Mountains, - AUG 22, 2013
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
A triumph of packaging over content. I had a rant over the 2010 version about the futility of appending a vintage to a beer style that’s best drunk fresh. The fact I consumed a pale ale brewed in 2012 in August 2013 might account for some of this beer’s failings. Fresher would obviously be better. The "premium" packaging is aimed at a particular section of the market, in my case a fairly up-market bistro where all the effort went into the wine list (which is great), leaving beer drinkers to choose between Peroni, a light beer or Endeavour’s two beers. This looks fine but I didn’t detect any significant improvement on the 2010 "vintage". Still seemed like a flabby, under-hopped mess of muddy flavours. Makes Fat Yak seem like a hop bomb. A lot of the flaws can be put down to age, but if you’re going to brew a pale ale once each year and sell it for 12 months, you got to take the criticism. The concept is plain wrong. (Bottle at Vesta Bistro, Blackheath)
Dervock (385) - Emu plains, AUSTRALIA - OCT 18, 2013
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle - pours light copper with a white head. Was expecting hops but got a more cereal and nutty malt aroma. Slightly sweet up front nothing in the middle and a dry finish. Mouth feel is medium. Not as good as I was expecting.
KeefOz (621) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - AUG 21, 2013
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Best After 12/Mar/13. Upon pouring, the off-white foam filled the 20cm tall glass to the rim and then collapsed quickly. It produced a cloudy pale golden coloured liquid. Low carbonation (just about flat). Visually unappealing. Aroma was pleasant and very nice aromatic hops. Taste similar to aroma as dominated by hops – lively on front palate then with a nice hops bitterness after-taste. Light body. Crisp clean finish. A nice pale ale.
Pyobon (790) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 8, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle) Clear golden amber, with slight short-lived head. Pleasant fruity aroma. Light to medium body with pleasant carbonation, both velvety and bright. Fruity tangy start, developing a maltiness with a hint of bitterness in the finish. Very quaffable, but not exceptional.
jdpeebs (684) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle- Best vintage yet...............................................
ALLOVATE (2221) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
An attractive number with a radiant orange gold body and well retained, lofty loose pad of white atop. Tart and tight, fruit punch hop nose dominated by strawberry, pineapple and lime, very clean, but subtle. Good use of hops shown on the palate; quite surprised by it actually. Medium, fruit drenched bitterness with a fading off of apricot, lime and grapefruit in the finish. Subtle graininess makes you aware of the malt mid-palate; the body quite light with a foamy consistency from the carbonation. Subtle peanut husk and pine needle builds on the swallow too. Develops a fruity sweetness as it warms but is otherwise clean and fresh, balanced and extremely quaffable. I reckon this is as good as these guys will get. I’d even dare say if this was on at my local I’d be knocking back plenty on a warm afternoon. Impressed. (33cL, Best after 19/10/12, Dan Murphy’s Currambine)
Stew41 (1624) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - JAN 24, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This vintage is indeed a slightly different mix of hops when compared to the 2012 so I guess the vintage dating of even a commoner like a PA has some merit. Good depth of malt adds a layer of toffee sweetness and thickens the beer up a touch. Not particularly hoppy, more subtle, but I think it works well here. Give it a chill to show its best.
davidm (1868) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Agrobar. Nice malty beer. Aromas of nuts, and hints of caramel. Taste is sweet, with light bitterness, and average length. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Amber, with a frothy head.
mkel07 (2512) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 29, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle from Dan Murphy’s. Not too different from the 2010 and 2011 versions of this beer. Amber in colour with a thin white head. Not bad but not great.