mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 15, 2002
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is floral perfume. Bronze body with huge head & some sediment. Taste is of some malt then stronly bitter and slightly spicy in the aftertaste. WARNING: Do not pour the sediment into the glass, totally spois it. But this is the best smelling non-belgian I’ve ever had. Not like an English pale ale really. A top effort.
ALLOVATE (2264) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 5, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Out the bottle, cool but not cold. I picked this up in September last year and it has aged just nicely!
Toffee, rum and raisin icecream, wood and treacle, bitter burnt sugars, flowery hops, a hint of rose water, plums, prunes, the nose on this is so enticing, so alluring that the label on the bottle doesn’t do it any justice. It sits in the glass with a profound depth muddled by furious streams of minute bubbles. Its shimmering in the lights, an almost translucent deep tawny chestnut. A good inch an a half of rocky off white foam sits atop to hold in initial form until the glass empties producing a messy web of lace in its wake. Everything is in high gear in the mouth, from the rich malts to the weedy, bitter hops that reach into every nook and cranny with fervour. A generous hint of cocoa powder, pine resin and damp wood, some stinging nettles and flowery rose petals, toffee and treacle upfront and burnt, dark dried fruits adding to the assertively bitter swallow. Finish is a medly of aggressive hops and woody malts. It has just a little roasted nuts and sherry-like notes to aid in its complexity. This is bloody good stuff. Silky, soft mouthfeel and medium in body. It lingers oh so long in the mouth, a little residual sweetness of fruit sugars and a satisfactorily hopped out palate. All the hallmarks of a bigger beer wrapped up into a meagre 4.9% ale. Lovely!!! (33cL, No date stamp, Dan Murphy’s Mandurah)
davidm (1919) - 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.
LoveABeer (141) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another excellent brew from Grand Ridge. Light Brown in color, with medium size lasting head. Taste of floral and fruitiness, with subtle spices (cloves perhaps?). Easy on the palate, enjoyable!
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a hazy dark amber with a yellowy off-white small head that faded quickly. Complex aroma of smokey toffee (mapple syrup), stewed plums, raisins, it smells sticky sweet. Not much hop detectable, and some dark bread notes in the background. It’s almost too much. Smooth flavour that is more restrained than the nose suggests. Some background forresty hop flavours support subdued raisins, black bread, and stewed rhubarb and apples. Hop bitterness is low but complex. Very smooth and creamy in the mouth. Really a very good beer.
gam (3014) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2007 Misty dark amber colour,small head,Aroma rich honey and caramel. Flavour, a tangy refreshing caramel citrus, malt, lovely bitterness,leaving a numbness on the gums.Good micro brewery this.
Dervock (403) - Emu plains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a dark orange. Very, very malty aroma and flavour; it almost smells like a can of home brew concentrate. Very nice malty flavour, but not much of the "intense hop bitterness" the bottle promises.
Despite the lack of hop this is a beautiful beer!
Maris (901) - 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.
Spanner (60) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - FEB 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A quality Australian ale which succeeds admiribly. Full-flavoured without being to heavy. Man.
bozoNZ (716) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 25, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Pours dark amber/bronze. Sweet nutty bready aroma with good english hop character.Bitter from the outset with some underlying boscuit malt base but dominated by the nutty earthiness of the hop character. Real good.