ALLOVATE (2540) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 10, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
To celebrate all things Aussie and with its release just before Australia day (actually thought it was to be released on Australia day!?) comes yet another pale ale from Gage Roads. The use of Stella and Galaxy are a welcome sight but I’m not the biggest fan of Summer hops at the best of times. To say they harnessed the hops well would be a wee bit of a fib, so onto the tasting I go.
Into a snifter at just on cool. Looks good so points there. Messy, creamy off-white dollop atop a deep and burnished, ruddy copper body with a fine bead. Under a whiff of damp, bitter herbal hops is notes of blanched beetroot, caramelised rhubarb, burnt toast, rubber, pine needles and musty liquor. Rather light in body (filtered - pasteurised - it shows!). Alcohol has a kick and warmth. Malt driven but drabby in its display; bready and ill-defined. Light touch of caramelised fruit with the rhubarb playing. Moderately bitter, but rubbery and plastic in the finish. A little smoke and over-brewed tea lingers long. A field away from the beer imaragingbull tried so to it’s credit I’ll give this one another go. After all it’d be un-Australian not to!!! (64cL, BB 21/12/13, Dan Murphy’s Currambine)
imaragingbull (572) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Dan Murphys. The whole bottle pours clear light copper amber with decent creamy light tan head and some light lace. Big aroma of sweet malts: toffee, toast, bread and grains. Decent hop aroma shining through the malt aromas; grassy, a touch herbal and spicy; perhaps vegetal, with citrus, apricot and passionfruit all on the nose. Medium body, generous bitterness, med-high carbonation. Complex malt body, finishes sweet, but the bitterness rides it out such that its not cloying and with the zesty carbonation giving a bite also. Overall a good effort showcasing a tasty beer and the embrace of the newer aussie hop varieties.