imaragingbull (569) - Sydney, - JAN 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours near clear light hazed deep orange gold with tight light off white head. Aromas of sweet malts; toffee, hints of pitted fruit. Hop aromas are earthy, lightly fruity (apricot) and lightly floral. A touch grassy and vegetal. Medium light body, lightly bitter, mainly overshadowed by a sweet malt toffee presence. Finishing a sweet, bitter and lightly crisp. Average aussie attempt at an english style IPA. The malt shovel version is a touch better.
sm89walt (1748) - Northern Beaches, Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle. Poured a clear, effervescent amber with copper hues and a creamy, lacing two-finger, mostly lasting off-white to light beige head. Caramel, biscuity and bready malts comprise a backbone and palate weight to characters of leafy hops and orange and citrus fruits. Finishes with a pithy, near-resinous and protracted bitterness and an aftertaste of dry earthy yeastiness. Medium body and medium carbonation working both to provide a crisp, firm and fresh palate texture making this a solid, refreshing quaffer. Fine with strong bitter hop qualities and adequate malt body but lacking a little fruit for balance.
VinegarStroke (266) - Napa, California, USA - JUN 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: clear, copper color, light medium head and great lace. Caramel and a little funky skunky. More malt than hops. Rubbery hops. Sulphide blows off and the fruity caramel malted dominates. Dry, not sour and certainly bitter.
Medium wieght and length. Opens with air.
East coast style.
KansaiBeerLvrs (1650) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
420 yen, 5.4% Bottle from a small liquor shop midway between the Sky Tree & Asakusa. Bought to get rid of that Virgo beer’s memory and due to the fact I’ve never seen this "fine craft beer from Australia" in Japan before. Served in a mini Duvel type glass a deep orange-gold with a decent head & a fruity peppery nose with strong citrus & earthy notes - interesting. Medium to full bodied with a tongue scraping bitter mouthfeel - in a good way. The taste is again pretty different from IPAs I am used to, earthy, lemongrass, citrus, pepper & quite bitter. Pretty damn good, a pleasant surprise at a great price for Japan. Best before feb 2014 this must be a hoppy beast fresh.
KeefOz (845) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - MAY 29, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
BB 20/01/15. Poured a fairly clear golden amber colour with a one-finger off-white frothy head that retained OK and laced OK. Carbonation moderate with medium sized bubbles forming trails. Aroma of slightly sweet fruity hops but not overwhelming. Taste of slightly sweet caramel malt but this almost immediately dominated by a flavoursome hops bitterness. Light body. Quite nice with long bitter finish.
Niksko (312) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a golden amber with bubbly white head. Slightly hoppy floral nose. Very biscuity, some toffee, slightly bitter, a little caramel, slight hop grapefruit. Not bad.
Morboso (38) - ECUADOR - MAY 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2014 Price point IPA, not nearly enough hops but nice full bitterness and amber colour if that means anything to you. 5.2 Alcohol good, not much noticeable aroma. For the price no complaints, probably would go for Vale IPA next time as better and only a little bit more costly. Way better than standard Aussie lagers tho. If you like coopers real ale you probably will like this
motelpogo (6296) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 26, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle from bws in broadbeach. steady enough ipa - golden, hints of mango in the aroma, modest bitterness, generic citric aftertaste, nothing really standing out
agoodpale (8) - - DEC 28, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Without a doubt one of the best India pale ales i have tasted.
Only down side is the lack of head within 30 seconds all the head that remains is a slight bit of lacing.
But does not dampen the mood at all. Great strong flavour with nice citrus bitterness. Many friends who have tried this and generally are anti IPA were quite open to this style of beer. A must try and good value.
BarossaLuke (539) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
As others have mentioned this is not a knock you over the head IPA, but it is a very good entry level, go to IPA which there are few of in Australia IMO. Has moderate hop character and bitterness with a clean palate.
rangamike (28) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 13, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber colour, but surprisingly clean and light finish for an IPA. With a name like sleeping giant, I was expecting something bolder with more hoppiness.