ALLOVATE (2281) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A 2011 bottle that swayed the norm by tasting extra fresh when I finally got around to cracking the cap. Another excited to meet me brew from Hopdog, but I must say that once it settled in the glass it was a devilishly alluring ale indeed. Two inches of rocky, snow-white foam atop a sunny, yellow gold body with good clarity and radiance. Notes of strawberry liqueur, bubblegum, peach and pears in fruit syrup; in fact a veritable fruit punch of aromas waft heavily from the glass. Initial spice excites the palate; rye malt comes across nicely. Very long in the finish with a heady amount of herbaceous hops; all piney, weedy and hinting at vine clippings, camphor, eucalypt and mint with a drenching citric bolt. Well rounded with a backbone of toasted grains, rye and granola. Firm body with racy carbonation. Vinous as it warms; the citrus becomes fuzzy under a lot of tart berry notes and a touch of pineapple. Overall quite dry with a sharpness and aggressive bitterness that works well. Very much the fun to drink ale I secretly hoped it would be. Lip smacking good stuff! (33cL, Bottled Noví 2011, Freo Doctor, Fremantle)
mkel07 (2520) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 8, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle. Big fluffy dirty whitehead atop an orange sunset amber base. Lots of pine and citrus at aromas that are pleasing to the nose and make you anticipate whatís to follow. Full flavoured with a big body and fruity flavour.
M_Sack (275) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Light, cloudy gold with big, frothy white head with heavy lacing. Huge hop aromas of passionfruit and lemon blossom as well as a touch of biscuit toward the end. Big bitterness up front with resinous mouth feel. A solid malt backbone provides a gentle sweetness throughout. Flavours of grapefruit and pine dominate, although there is just a touch of biscuit and malt in the mid palate. Great beer
Maris (914) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - MAY 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 330ml bottle on 4/5/2012. Pours a light cloudy golden, not unlike a Coopers Pale, with a big thick head. Has a lovely fruity (passionfruit and nectarine), floral hop aroma. This hop forward with a big grapefruit bitterness presented against a moderately sweet background of citrus fruit and honey. The rye really does come through at the end, with some distinct pepper notes. A quality Aussie IPA.
Pyobon (859) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Hazy golden amber with good off-white head. Wonderful aroma full of fruit - peaches and orangey citrus - and sweetness. Well carbonated (a bit too carbonated when pouring) with medium body giving a smooth and velvety mouthfeel. Taste starts fruity and sweetish then the rye malt flavours come through before a very good hop filled bitter finish. I nice richer IPA.
blackbock (108) - Shoalhaven NSW, AUSTRALIA - DEC 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(on tap at the cellar) Tim poured me one of these after sampling four other of his beers so my recollection may not be as good as it could have, but here goes... Lovely foamy head on this one, pungent citra and chinook flavours, especially bitter grapefruit. At 70 IBUs this isn;t quite the extreme RyePA I was expecting (25% rye grist)
I did feel the body wasnít quite right for a beer of this nature, possibly a little light-on! Overall it was well made but not quite as Iíd hoped.
I bought a 4-pack of the Pale instead.
gav12c (119) - Wollongong, AUSTRALIA - MAR 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
heavily carbonated, foams up quick and high.pours like cloudy honey with fruity hops on the nose.lots of citrus upfront with subtle malt at the back.finishes with a good bitterness, not a bad ipa.
Jessop (206) - AUSTRALIA - APR 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This ultra fresh brewery sample fill pours light apricot and turbid in appearance with a decent head that turns mimimal over time. Whilst appraising the aroma I notice soft carbonation with small champange like bubbles. The aroma is all hops, it totally dominates precedings here. The flavour profile is somewhat well rounded with some pleasant dextrinous mouthfeel, buscuity malt and plenty of hop flavour. It finishes quite smooth with some residual sweetness and plenty of hop flavour.
jdpeebs (687) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had on tap at the Brewery. Great citrus hop aromas. Nice cloudy appearance, finishing with a wonderful lingering hop bitterness.
LesArgen (180) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ooh, ah. Isnít this a special IPA? From the moment it pours all cloudy and dark into the glass, the experience of drinking the Horns Up is a beauty. The aroma is surprisingly dry for an IPA, with few floral notes to speak of - this sure isnít an APA derivative. Predominantly I smell biscuit, honey and citrus, but itís neither grapefruit or lemon - I canít quite put my finger on it. When drunk, a smooth malty (is it the influence of the rye as well) blanket spreads across the tongue before the dry hops descend and rip down the back of the throat. Refreshing, tart and delicious.