alepig666 (78) - Adelaide, - SEP 1, 2009
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours dark amber with a small yet tight head. Mild aroma of floral hops and lemon zest, a bit weak though. Then I took the first taste, and I was horrified. It was dominated by a taste of bitter artificial fruit, akin to cheaparse fruit lollies from a discount store, with a rotten fruit and rusty gate bitter finish. What the hell? I was scared to have another mouthful, so I set the glass aside for a bit to compose myself. About 10 minutes and 5 degrees upwards later, I had to courage to try this 0.5 garbage swill again, and it had drastically improved. There was still the bad citrus taste but it was much lower, and there were some nice floral hops and some pleasant bitterness present. The finish was still sub par and very long, but nowhere near as bad as it was, the rusty gate sort of bitterness remained but this time there was a decent hit of hops and some pleasant citric bitterness alongside. Almost a drainpour, but it thankfully redeemed itself before I got the urge to waste it. One of the weirdest beers I’ve ever come across. Pretty disappointing overall, I’ve had worse but I’ve had far better, especially from IPA’s. Be sure to let this one sit for a while before you sample it, I wouldn’t wish the first taste I had on anyone.
DavidAust (169) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 28, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hoppy aroma with a hint of stone fruit. Golden colour with reasonable carbonation. little haze if any - quite clear. crisp white head which lasted moderately but left good lacing all the way to the end. Taste was quite mixed with a somewhat sweet /malty start quickly over ridden my an almost salty bitterness. Palate is long with a lingering bitterness well after the drink is done. Happy with this, not my favourite but I would happily drink again or order when out.
Danev76 (505) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 1, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Strong citrus fruit aroma. Amber brown colour with excellent head. Strong and bitter up front with a large malt profile and a smooth finish. Medium body and carbonation.
biirusaikou (2305) - - JUN 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2014 Chocolate malt aroma, ethanol, apricot. Dark malt, pear, nut, touch of honey, hoppy finish. Quite a funky IPA, not amazing but an original malt/hop balance.
Iphonephan (5683) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAR 26, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
From a 33 cl bottle in Sydney. Pours a an orange tinged gold with an off white head. Light fruity nose. Flavors of dust, caramel and some floral notes. Light bodied, moderate carbonation, bitter finish.
BradMc (10) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 31, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 8/20
This is a darn good beer for the price (often one of the cheaper 6s you’ll find at BWS/First Choice). Not a patch on genuine "craft" IPAs but has good malt-hop balance. It’s not overloaded with bitterness or dry hop aromas like plenty of IPAs which makes it good for drinking a few.
varanid99 (919) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 11, 2012
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Golden pour. Thin White head. Floral, hoppy aroma. Nice bitterness but a bit one dimensional, although a bit of burnt caramel to it. Not bad, but doesn’t cut it against some of the other local IPAs (sorry, Hop Hog is a great benchmark locally). Could easily knock a few over though...
fletchfighters (1377) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 7, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A-- Poured a burnt orange color. Very small creamy white head, does retain its head quite well.
S-- balanced between malt and hop smell. not what I expected one bit. A bit of a floral smell to it and just a small amount of citrus. Makes you wish for a USA hopbomb with this lack of smell. Disappointing.
T-- I thought more malty than hopy.The hops are there but this is much more balanced than aggressive hops. No real floral taste and lacking citrus. Got a little carmel in the taste as well.
M-- No heaving coating in your mouth from the hops or citrus. No real bite in this at all. Well balanced though. Just a little less carbonation in this and it is ok. Still crisp and has a touch of sweetness in it.
D-- Well balanced with the hops and malts. Would love a lot more hops and citrus in this. Very sessionable though. At 5.1% could easily blow through a 6 pack. Not what I was looking for at all but it is workable. Excellent color but a little disappointing in the rest of the beer. Please make a hopbomb!!!
jdpeebs (686) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 10, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
330ml bottle. Hints of citrus and floral aromas. Nice balance of hops and malt. Lingering hop bitterness on the finish.
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Jade (433) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 14, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear caramel colour, minimal head. Not quite as dark as most IPAs. Sweet toffee and roasted touches to the nose. Bitter, oaky flavour followed by the tart aftertaste. Not as strong as most. Not a bad example of the style though, just slightly watered down.
WestSydneyBoy (23) - South Penrith, AUSTRALIA - NOV 12, 2010
2.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Poors orange gold with little head that quickly disapears, light carbonation in the english style nice malt toffee sweatness, finishing with sone resin hop biterness. Slight toffee aroma, can not detect hops on the nose unusual for ipa. Overall a decent drink, but wish it had more head and a nice hop aroma.