Brewed by Malt Shovel Brewery (Lion Co.)
Style: Amber Ale
Sydney, Australia


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RATINGS: 280   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
This premium hand~crafted ale is a unique brew of three malts and three Tasmanian hops added late to the kettle plus an original 125 year old, top fermenting ale yeast, creating an easy~drinking, deep copper~coloured ale with distinct richness, creamy head, and a slightly nutty finish.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 14/20
farmboy (218) - Barwon Heads, AUSTRALIA - AUG 12, 2003
Very nicely crafted beer, smooth drinking and I like the way it retains its head throughout, trapping the flavours. Jesus, I might just have to grab some tonight.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 11, 2003
malty flavors round out this semi-sweet brewski...tad spicy hop finish..i taste some honey flavors too...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluevegie (3069) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 17, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2005 A good amber colour, nice head and good lacing, lightly spicy and cinnamon taste . Very refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 6, 2003
Lovely amber color, medium, rocky off-white head and good lacing. Light but sweet honey malt aroma with butterscotch and grassy hops. Smooth malt flavor, a bit of fruitiness and alfalfa hops. Medium body, carbonation is a bit assertive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dredd (742) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - JUN 25, 2003
Great beer, nice amber colour, malty/caramel flavour. IF there is any drawback to this one, it is the fact that it is a bit sticky and can only be enjoyed in short bursts. Certainly not a guzzler.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
philb (20) - Wangaratta, AUSTRALIA - MAY 22, 2003
Sour-mashy sort of aroma. Not much of a head. Nice caramelly smooth taste with just the right amount of bitter aftertaste. Dry palate (which I like). Could do with a lot more fizz (whatever the beer term is for that). Most impressed with the smooth mouth finish coat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sully (1379) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15, 2003
Yeah, well done JS. All the more impressive that your super macro parent has given you the independence to brew distinctive beers. Unlike CUB of course who sit on any initiative. Anyway to the beer. Amen to those who give it points for it delicate caramel like nutty finish as there is something soothing about that coppery colour. While I think that the Tasmanian hops don't necessarily give the beer a true ale flavour (too much pride of ringwood) but the profile is aided by the obvious use of a good yeast. Head retention is great and the glass beckons for another when it is drained

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jazz88 (2628) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 14, 2003
Bottle. A dark amber color with a nice foamy light brown head. A light fruity aroma with the malts showing their force in the flavor. A touch of sweetness at the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 22, 2003
I don't remember drinking this but here is what I wrote. Amber in color with a nice white head. Smells like dog.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 20, 2003
A clear amber color with a very light head. A little caramel and a touch of nuttiness in the aroma. A nutty flavor with some caramel malts. The palate was a little too thin for me.

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