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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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It’s 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.


hawthorne00's rating

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hawthorne00 (2362) - Melbourne, - 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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ShaneJ (491) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 28, 2013
Bottle from Plonk. Deep reddish-amber, frothy billowing head, nice crystal/caramel malts, citrus/pine hops, well balanced, easy drinking. Really nice.

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 ’12, Cellarbrations Carlisle)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TenEighty (11) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 23, 2013
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
M_Sack (352) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 23, 2013
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)

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ComradeK (986) - 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 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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Gramoit (351) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 12, 2013
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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
imaragingbull (569) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 16, 2013
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.

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.

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 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.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blackbock (110) - Shoalhaven NSW, AUSTRALIA - JAN 6, 2013
(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.


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