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Brewed by HopDog BeerWorks
Style: Amber Ale
South Nowra, Australia

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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.42/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Itís red and hoppy... A robust red ale with a big malty profile from generous amounts of british crystal and german melanoidinmalts. hopped with american citra hops, this ale is a crowd pleaser.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gam (3179) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 14, 2012
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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkel07 (3108) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 15, 2012
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hawthorne00 (2370) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 18, 2012
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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ALLOVATE (2349) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 25, 2013
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 í12, Cellarbrations Carlisle)

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Davros (1869) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 2, 2012
Pours dark brown with a large, lasting head. Nose shows lots of tropical fruit and rich malt. Very syrupy smelling, incredibly tempting. Similar flavours, with lots of crystal malt sweetness but also showing lots of tropical fruity hops. Big papaya, lychee and resinous hop notes. Amazing malt character too. Nice syrupy body, could use a little more carbonation though.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Stew41 (1725) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - JAN 18, 2013
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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 21, 2013
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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ComradeK (989) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - JUL 7, 2013
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maris (967) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - SEP 13, 2012
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jdpeebs (687) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 1, 2012
Had on tap at the brewery. Lovely red colour. Nice sweet malt aromas. Good malt profile with initial taste and finishing with lovely hop bitterness.


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