Dredd (684) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - DEC 3, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour is almost copper with tan head. Aroma is sweet malts and caramel with some hints of the dry hopping coming though. Flavour is sweet stonefruits and breadiness up front with some good delicate bitterness at the end. This is one of the better "sessional" IPA’s, lots of flavour, but not too much flavour. Also commend them on making the alcohol 5.4%, gives it a good body and keeps the palate from being too thin.
ALLOVATE (2281) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 1, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured into a tulip it produces a sparkling orange-copper. Not much life visible, it fails to raise a head, the carbonation is minute and sparse. Relatively alluring aroma of caramelised orange and fig with a hint of caramel and Kaffir lime leaves. A little short on life in the mouth though there is harmony between the biscuity sweet malt start, tangy through to raspy hop back that drops off weedy and piney in the swallow. Light bodied, becomes oddly doughy in mouthfeel quickly yet the sprightly carbonation keeps it bouncing across the palate. Not too bad, but not exactly a mile off it’s green labelled brother IPA. An odd inclusion for these guys. Sessionable as a plus!!! (33cL, BB 29/09/11, BWS)
bmeup (499) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - NOV 28, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Same as their IPA with a little more oomph, still really thin, toffee malts and not a lot of hop character, one only.
hawthorne00 (2253) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 23, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Darkish amber with a medium light beige head. Aroma of toffee, peaches, grapefruit, a suggestion of pine. Sweet and a bit watery. Lots of rather plain toffee in the taste, decent bitterness with little in the way of the aromatics suggested in the nose. I like a substantial IPA, but this overdoes it and the malt is bland. Mediocre.
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 21, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Clear dark orange pour with a short, foamy beige head that doesn’t last long. Aroma is hoppy but quite malty as well, with tropical and citrus fruit notes and lots of sweet caramel. Flavour is very similar with the sweet, malty caramel notes at least as strong as the fruity, piney hops, if not stronger. Light, watery mouthfeel with low carbonation and a lingering bitter finish. Not too bad really, quite easy to drink, however when compared to a lot of the other good quality IPA’s being made in Australia at the moment, this doesn’t quite measure up.
gam (3061) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 1, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rich amber colour carbonation fair to strong aromas caramel fruit hop flavour mild fizz and bitter citrus hop apricot grapefruit apple caramel not much aroma the taste stroger finish fruity hop the best taste bitter aftertaste
jonno (2129) - JAPAN - OCT 29, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
First off great packaging a good looking beer. Beautiful burnt amber with good carbonation. Nose is medium strength tropical fruit. In the mouth the malt has that slight macro taste but a good reasonably bracing bitter finish finishes off nicely. A bit of tinkering with this and this could become a real go to.
Maris (914) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - OCT 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 330ml bottle on 29/10/2010. Has a modest piney hop aroma. Taste wise, there’s good dose of sweet caramel and toasty malt, and little bit of fruit. The finish is reasonably hoppy, though still quite subtle by IPA standards. This has slightly more character than the standard Gage Roads IPA. A decent drop, albeit that it’s unlikley to rock your world.
bluevegie (3042) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 25, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear honey coloured body with short head. Figs and apricots in the aroma and the taste, low in carbonation and medium body. Pick the dry hopping. Drinkable.