mkel07 (5226) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 2, 2008
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Promises a lot but delivers little. Pours with a small head that diminishes quickly. Light on the pallate and light on flavour.Citrus notes and aroma.
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 5, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bubbly thick frothy head,plenty carbonation,gold coloured beer.Aroma hoppy,honey note,malty.Flavour citrus not strong,malt smooth,hops have good taste,not a lot of other flavour to talk about,finish smooth dry,mild bitter,okay.
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 5, 2007
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Clear, pale gold body with short head. Citrus aroma with similar notes in the taste, thin in body almost watery. It doesn’t say “Premium” or “handcrafted” but it does say this beer is made for seafood and fortunately I don’t eat a lot seafood.
ALLOVATE (2912) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 1, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Into a chilled Tulip. Pours pale gold, no surprises there except the mist of finely dispersed proteins floating about like Sea-monkeys (Can’t say that is normal for a Pale Lager, me thinks a dodgy bottle is present!). Head went up and fell with similar haste to a ring of fine white foam, the carbonation minute and intermittent. Sweet nose, pinging on hot, oddly warming, smells of high alcohol brewing, almost Carlsberg Elephant-like. A honeyish medicinal fragrance with mild underlying malt and cardboardy tones. Flavour has depth, sweet front, malty mid-palate where it dries out before a crisp drop-off. Body is medium-light and it’s gentle on the palate. Not much length, just a lingering dry graininess and soapy mouhfeel that is subtle enough to not bother me too much. There is a hint of fruit in it I can’t quite grasp but it balances nicely. Aside it is drinkable stuff, maybe I’ll split a fiver to get a fresher bottle. (33cL, BB 20/05/10)
NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - JUN 29, 2009
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Had this one during my holiday in Australia april/may 2009. Cloudy yellow colored brew. Pine, yeasty aroma. Pine, citrus, freshness, floral.
Muggus69 (2142) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - SEP 5, 2008
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
330ml bottle. Bright golden body, small white foam. Sharp citrus hops straight up on the nose, some grainy malt in the background. Body is a bit on the watery side, dry texture, sharp carbonation. Grainy malt body, only the slightest hint of the aforementioned citrus hops from the aroma. Finishes a bit skunky, mildly bitter. Disappointing, I was expecting the "young Hunter semillion" of beers, but they’d probably have to double the hop additions for that!
Lunkie (1828) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUN 3, 2008
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Hop malt aroma with stale chemical. Clear yellow colour with poor head and lacing. Bitter malt hop flavour with stale chemical aftertaste. Fizzy palate.
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - JUN 20, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Another average Aussie lager, can’t say I see the Fusion beers around much so not sure if they’re still brewing. This one’s very similar to the Firefly, though it’s slightly more clean than the aforementioned beer.
highlandlad (1477) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 27, 2009
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
A marginally better lager than Fusion’s Firefly, but the seafood-beer angle is a furphy because you could make the same claim about any number of lagers. Poured with a solid, lasting head. The aroma presented some diacetyl and almond-marzipan notes atop bready malts. Moderate carbonation. The flavour mix is nearly all bread, with low IBUs, grassy hops and a salty finish.
(330ml bottle from Liquor on Parade, Kingsford)
Maris (1393) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JAN 22, 2011
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2011 From a 330ml bottle on 1/2/2011. On opening, it’s difficult to detect any meaningful aroma, other than a mild sugary sweetness and a little citrus. In the mouth, it comes across as decent, if unremarkable, premium lager, with a distinct lemony finish.