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Hawthorn Australian IPA

Brewed by Hawthorn Brewing Company
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Hawthorn, VIC, Australia
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.45/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 58   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Re-released 2013 limited edition from Hawthorn Brewing Company. Formally 6.2% ABV. Available on draught and bottled.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (20080) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2016
30th January 2016
Pretty hazy gold beer, tidy pale cream colour head. Palate is light, mildly dry and has a good fine crispness. Light malts, mildly sweet and carrying a modest tangy caramel. Hops are light and floral citric. Tangy orange in to aniseed and hop spice. Underneath - a mild tropical fruit vibe. Light finish. Bitterish floral linger. Not a sumptuously hopped IPA but plenty going on.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (3884) - BELGIUM - JAN 30, 2016
Australian IPA and advertised as such, made with Australian hops, though the label fails to mention which ones. Front label is as cliché as possible for the style, referring to the old English IPA legends of long boat travels to India. Medium thick and dissipating, but otherwise quite stable, moussy, irregular, off-white head over a lightly hazy warm orange blonde beer with almost no visible fizz. Dank American style IPA aroma, but somehow different, with notes of pine needles and spruce, dried tomato, grapefruit peel, warm toast, roasted peanuts, bread crust, fresh grass, hemp, dried seaweed, papaja, cigarette tobacco, chicken spice mix. Clean, crisp onset, subdued hints of tropical fruit (papaja, pineapple), vaguely sweet with a restrained redcurrant sourish edge, very faint touch of saltiness but undisturbingly so, softish carbo with a lean, supple, slick mouthfeel. Toasted and lightly nutty malts provide good balance against a growing hop character towards the finish, but the hops execute only a mild, gentle, leafy bittering power, which is still sufficient to balance with the malts. This beer’s strength lies in its Australian hop aromas, fragrant as they are, coming back retronasally with lovely but gently piney, grapefruity and floral impressions. A juicy, lightly toasted malt sweetness keeps accompanying the aromatic hops with their gentle bitterness after swallowing, while a very lightly salty accent remains as well. Quite delicate little IPA in fact, not overpowering but still with a rich, dank, piney aroma interesting enough to capture your attention for the whole duration of the bottle. I liked it very much, glad I managed to find a sufficiently fresh bottle in spite of it coming from literally the other side of the world. If I’d live in Victoria, I could easily drink this all day. It is very nice to see that the craft beer movement has really come off the ground Down Under since pioneer Matilda Bay was taken over by SAB Miller.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
R4N5H (525) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 24, 2016
33cl bottle on 23-Jan-2015, poured into a long stemmed tulip glass. Hazy golden amber colour with a white head which dissipated quickly. Aroma of malt, citrus fruit and pine. Light body and medium carbonation. Flavour of cereal, sweet malt, grapefruit and a little floral hops. Light bitterness, very much like many of the English IPAs which are available.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
booldawg (55) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2016
Massive grapefruit and peach taste from this fruity IPA. Poured hazy so I/m guessing it bottle conditioned. Huge hit from the hops, nice modern example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (16082) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2016
Bottle from Terre de Boissons Calais and drunk at home. Hazy deep amber colour lasting cream head. Grapefruit aroma. Decent in mouth, good grapefruit fruit. Light malt. Good bitter finish. Some resin. Some strawberry. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
guzgorog (588) - FRANCE - JAN 4, 2016
Robe orangée, trouble, mousse blanche moyenne mais de bonne tenue. Le nez est fruité : citron, pamplemousse et fruits de la passion. L’attaque est bien amère, les saveurs, pas très surprenant, reviennent sur les agrumes, les fruits de la passion et un peu la résine. Le corps est assez intéressant, rond et un peu liquoreux, étonnamment complexe pour un taux d’alcool somme toute assez faible. La longueur est et la carbo aussi. Bref une plutôt bonne american (merde, australian) IPA.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mile (3638) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 1, 2015
Bottle. Golden, hazy, small to average and mostly diminishing head. Moderate malty and sweetish aroma, light - some caramel and light tropical fruitiness, light grapefruit hoppynes. Body is medium, malty and lightly sweetish - sweetish flavor, light - some caramel and light tropical fruitiness with light grapefruit hoppyness. Finish is average, malty and lightly sweetish - sweetish with light caramel and tropical fruitiness, light - some grapefruit/citrus hoppyness. 5,8% "IPA" with caramel. Way too sweet - could really use more bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Idiosynkrasie (5571) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - OCT 31, 2015
330ml bottle. Slightly cloudy, orangey, deep golden colour with average, frothy, fairly lasting, minimally lacing, white head. Grassy-herbal, hoppy aroma, spicy hints of hay and thistle. Taste is fairly bitter hoppy, slightly grassy and herbal, minimally citrusy, a touch of balm and thistle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ngunity (96) - - JUL 31, 2015
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2015 From Bottle. A modest IPA with balance and sessionability. Not Hawthorns best drop but still a commendable, drinkable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pyobon (1222) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 5, 2015
(Bottle) Hazy golden amber with good white head. Nice aroma of passion fruit and pine. Medium body with good carbonation. Fruity hoppy flavours dominate over quite a sweet light malty base. Pleasant easy drinking IPA.

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