ComradeK (1070) - 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 Iíve never really heard of before. Whilst not the most complex red IPA/hoppy amber out there, it is well-balanced and very drinkable.
Gramoit (377) - 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 (572) - 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 (1805) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - JAN 18, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Ok well itís hed and hoppy but lets itself down on the first bit. As a red ale itís somewhat thin and metallic and drowned out by a hoppy backbone. Admittedly the hop treatment isnít too bad but the beer just doesnít flow.
blackbock (113) - 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.
hawthorne00 (2826) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 9C. Clear copper with an off-white head. Fat vinegar toffee aroma with pongy tropical fruit, some grapefruit and spices. Light-bodied than the aroma suggests, creamy with moderate carbonation. Malt not quite as full on as the aroma either, with plainer toffee and restrained fruit. Plenty of bitterness though, dryish finish with some spices. Rollicking.
mkel07 (4301) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle. Dark copper red colour with a thick deep sand coloured head, looks good. Malty caramel and toffee aromas. Smooth malty flavour with little to no bitterness.
gam (3600) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Large biege head misty red brown pour medium carbonation aromas fruity citrus stone sweet malt toffee flavours medium bitter grapefruit apricot toffee mild caramel resin the finish main aftertastes citrus hops stone rich malts lasting bitter not bad
Maris (1153) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - SEP 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 330ml bottle on 13/9/2012. Pours a dark reddy brown with a medium bubbly head. Has quite a strong aroma of brown sugar, golden syrup, toffee and a bit of citrus fruit. The flavour is sweet and malty, with more brown sugar and toffee, treacle, and some dark fruit. It finishes with a relatively firm, lingering hop bitterness. The palate is syrupy. Another HopDog brew with quite a bit of character, but as per usual with this brewer, way over carbonated, which detracts from an otherwise enjoyable experience.