Oakes (13138) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 26, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy light amber. Earthy aroma with a light citrus accent. Some nice fruity notes, light earthiness as well from oxidation. OK.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ Beerfest Asia Singapore. Dark gold with lasting head. Smells like chewy malts. Has a medium body. Flavors are not at all what I expected. Is balanced but dull, unexciting, and muddled. Maybe there is a freshness issue? Will revisit.
ComradeK (1060) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - JUN 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle. Despite being an English Pale Ale called Yarra Valley Gold, this is neither pale nor gold. It pours a murky, mud brown, with a smallish head. The most obvious aroma is toffee malt, but there are some hints of ripe apricot lurking in there. There is not much hop action to begin with, although it does build ever so slightly towards the finish. The body is full of malty toffee and caramel, with a bit of candied fruit towards the end. Not the most complex ale out there, but a good one if you are not after anything too complicated. Yet again, I am favourably impressed by Grand Ridge Brewery, and their willingness to brew in styles that are somewhat uncommon in Australia, to say the least.
davidm (1978) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 11, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 330ml. Great, tasty beer. Aromas of caramel, flowers, and grass. Taste is sweet, with bitter notes, and long length. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Brown, with a lasting, frothy white head.
Maris (1086) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - MAR 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2010 From a 330ml bottle on 21/3/2010. Somehow the name of this beer seems inappropriate - sounds like a boring pale lager, which couldn’t be further from the truth. This a dark, bottle conditioned treat. Smells great - very malty and hoppy, with dried fruits. The flavour bursting with malt and fruit, and has a fabulous, satisfying bitter finish. A lovely beer which is full of character.
kahn (48) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 29, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - golden with medium head. Full flavours with plenty of malt and hops. Bitter aftertaste.
Thylacine (526) - Tasmania, AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle- Cloudy, dark orange with a huge beige head. Low to medium carbonation. Medium to full bodied. Sweet, caramel, custard, bready, slightly spicy. Some nice hop flavours in there but low to medium bitterness.
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - NOV 22, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Starts out with a lovely full bodied blood orange colour. Nose is doughy wih a hint of hops. In the mouth it is med to full with the aroma profile unfurling on the tongue. Decent, but i would like a bit more hops in the finish.
mickmac (484) - Ngunnawal, AUSTRALIA - NOV 21, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours with an average sized tan head over a brown amber body. Aroma of ryebread and resin and taste of caramel, toast and resin. Finishes with a light bitterness. Medium body; well carbonated.
hawthorne00 (2662) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 12, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2011 Stubby. Aroma: bread and grapefruit. Dark copper with a little cloudiness even with a careful pour. Modest but persistent light beige head. There’s enough chewiness and malt to balance lingering medium hop bitterness. [3.7]
Muddy copper with a persistent pale beige head. Aroma of caramel, bread, grapefruit, pine. Biscuits, caramel malt with grapefruit. Lingering bitter finish. Maybe this has got bitterer over the years or the hops have become more American-accented. First couple of these for quite a while and I like it as much as ever.