mkel07 (4997) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 25, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
640ml bottle from Dan Murphy’s. what else would you have on Australia Day but a beer called The Convict. Bronzed copper colour that is almost red with a sprinkle of tan foam. Looks pretty good and smells even better with a load of resinous piney hop aromas. The flavour is also good with a combination of hops and caramel malt. A well crafted beer. Perfect with my roast iamb.
TimE (4895) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
med amber color. Good crystal malt with some decent hop notes. Malt accented, moderately bitter finish. Pleasant woody finish. Nice.
maneliquor (3483) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 11, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Awesome label but that's about as far as it gets. Slightly stale and orange driven. Meh
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hawthorne00 (3422) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear copper with a large pale beige head that fades to a good coat. Aroma has citrus and tropical fruit poking through rather a lot of caramel. There’s lychees, oranges, passionfruit. Medium bodied, a little oily.Doesn’t feel very lively in the mouth. Moderate carbonation. Taste is not as sweet as suggested by the aroma and the bitterness is quite strong. There’s a little chocolate and coffee and the caramel melds well with the citrus flavours. The tropical fruits get a bit lost. Bitter finish with oranges is a little peppery.
ALLOVATE (2862) - 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)
Davros (2726) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 18, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark brown with a small fading off-white head.
Nose shows some darker malt with toast notes and caramel, along with some soft tropical fruit and grassy hops.
Some more soft toasty malt as a flavour along with booze, some plainn cardboard malt notes, solvent-like booze and a little tropical hops.
Could use a richer body.
davidm (2068) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Dan Murphy’s. Nice and malty, good hoppy backbone. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, hints of anisette, cola and liquorice. Taste is sweet and bitter, with long length. Palate is velvety, with medium-to-full body. Amber, with a thin head.
Bif (1988) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear dark bronze, almost red, color with a good tan head that fades to ample lacing. Aroma of dark fruits, roasted malt and spices. Taste of dark fruits and spices with some roasted malt. Mild bitterness and a fairly dry finish. Medium body, quite smooth and flavorful. Nice balance. Enjoyable beer and an easy drinker. Worth a try.
Sevenlee (1735) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - MAR 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear amber colour with a beige head. Aroma is malt, fruits, caramel, pine and hops. Taste is light to medium sweet leading to a balsy bitter and hoppy finish. Really liked it.
KeefOz (1495) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - JUN 16, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
640ml bottle. BB 23/12/14. Poured a semi-translucent coppery brown with a 5mm beige coloured foamy head that diminished slowly and produced good filmy lacing. Subtle aroma of earthy malt and some hops – more malt than hops. Taste of soft malt up front followed by mild fruity bitterness after taste. Light body, bordering on watery. Long bitter finish. For me, average at best.