mkel07 (3724) - 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 (3346) - 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
hawthorne00 (2549) - 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.
ALLOVATE (2473) - 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)
Davros (2029) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Stew41 (1754) - 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.
ComradeK (1052) - 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.
Maris (1023) - 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.
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.
StevieT (740) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle. Pours a deep dark red with a thin head, malty aroma and flavours with a mild bitterness, smooth and very nice.