ShaneJ (386) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Plonk. Deep reddish-amber, frothy billowing head, nice crystal/caramel malts, citrus/pine hops, well balanced, easy drinking. Really nice.
ALLOVATE (2264) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 25, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
An exploding bottle at just on cool. More head than beer. Chill haze evident, as well as a mist from the bottle conditioning. Ruby chestnut with very fine conditioning. The head is tolerant and persistent leaving a wavey lace. A strange aroma. Nail varnish, stewed rhubarb, beetroot leaves, strawberries and tart cherries, rusted swarf and plastic. A complete 360 on the palate. Dry and woody; fruity front with a mildly bitter, dusty and earthy finish. Nice length of hops. A touch vinous with a sourness that draws in on the saliva glands. Rough and raw. Not bad, just a bit hickelty-pickelty! (33cL, bottled December ’12, Cellarbrations Carlisle)
TenEighty (11) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from the growler an opaque dark copper red with a light head. Yeast and sweet citrus aromas. Light carbonation and sirupy thick. A hit of sweet malt fills the palate followed by a mild bitterness that hangs around and doesn't let go.
M_Sack (258) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red hued amber with a frothy head and good lacing. Aromas of caramel biscuits and toast. Hop bitterness works through the entire beer, with flavours of cherry medicine, roasted malt and traces of alcohol despite only being 5%abv. Slightly over carbonated for a beer with such a big grain bill leaving a real fizz in the mouth (out of bottle, I didn't experience this on tap)
ComradeK (906) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - JUL 7, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle. Pours an opaque deep copper amber, with a large off-white head, which lasts fairly well and leaves decent lacing. The aroma has plenty of biscuit and toffee malt, with some lime hops notes in there as well. Strong lime and kiwifruit hops up front give way to biscuit malt and faint candied fruit in the mid-palate. More lime hops come through in the finish. This is an impressive effort from a brewery I’ve never really heard of before. Whilst not the most complex red IPA/hoppy amber out there, it is well-balanced and very drinkable.
Gramoit (343) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 12, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not a bad pour, quite a bit of caramel on the nose and taste and goes does fairly easily. A sold beer but nothing amazing.
imaragingbull (558) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours cloudy orange ruby with light formed off white head and lace. Hop aromas of pine, citrus and cat pee; malty character of characteristic red nutty caramel pale malts. Medium body, med carbonation, good hoppy bitterness, lingering further and a light graininess, tannic and satisfying.
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 21, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a dull looking bronze colour with thin light tan coloured head. Aromas are dominated by sweet caramel malt and some citrus hops. Flavours once again show the sweet malt though with a somewhat off putting nuttiness. Some resiny hops on the finish. A little out of balance but not too bad.
Stew41 (1660) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - JAN 18, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Ok well it’s hed and hoppy but lets itself down on the first bit. As a red ale it’s somewhat thin and metallic and drowned out by a hoppy backbone. Admittedly the hop treatment isn’t too bad but the beer just doesn’t flow.
blackbock (108) - Shoalhaven NSW, AUSTRALIA - JAN 6, 2013
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle) Drank this beer at suboptimal temperature, and flavour was muted. Little discernible hop aroma, just lots of crystal malt and yeastiness. Suffered from chill haze and possibly hop haze, also this is not my idea of a red ale, was quite a dark brown. Tim went a bit berserk with the fancy malts I think. Could not pick the citra hops.