Stew41 (1625) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - FEB 12, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2010 Could be the beer to convert the great unwashed to partially quality orientated beer. More than a sliver of sweet malts drive the palate, but for the most part fairly authentic for the genre. Finishes a touch cloying for mine.
thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 18, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not a bad seasonal offering. Pours out to an orange-yellow color with a thin white head. Has a fruity, slightly floral hop aroma. Starts off with quite a fruity-sweet flavor with hints of apples, pears and peaches. Finishes with a light bitterness and some floral European hop character followed by a lingering cereal grain taste. Medium-light carbonation and a light body give it a pleasing mouthfeel on warm days.
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 14, 2004
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Orange body with a persistent white head. Fruity and resinous hop aroma. So far so good, it smelled a lot like their IPA. Clean but not much actual flavour at all and very thin. Not an APA, another disappointing effort from this faux micro.
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 12, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2005 Bottle: Poured clear amber with a short lasting off-white head. Fresh citrussy aroma with some stone fruits in the background. Not much malt and smelt fizzy (?). The flavour was very dissapointing - cheap pale lager with the addition of fruity hops. Nothing in the malt department. Fizzy to the point of taking away from what flavour there was. Nice bitterness though. 5/3/4/2/9=2.3
Re-Rate:On tap, The Green Park, Darlinghurst, Sydney: Wow!!! What a difference! The fizzyness is gone to be replaced by bags of fresh citrusy and grassy hops, some syrupy peaches and very light crystal aromas. This follows through to the flavours. Lots of stone fruits and bitter oranges, light crystal mid-palate and finishing with a strong grassy bitterness. Really nice! 7/4/7/4/12=3.4
ALLOVATE (2224) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 11, 2004
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2005 Sorry, but I would have to agree with Linc of Sydney, James Squire has all the makings of a traditional craft brewer minus the results. Tasted from the bottle, the pour was the best this beer would get. In a Squire glass the head filled out to the rim and set, dense and off-white. The beer itself, a clear golden orange. Light carbonation released a slightly bitter and acrid-heady aroma, like freshly pulled weeds. In the mouth the beer did not feel balanced at all, the hops dominated, slightly floral and leafy, with a bitter cloying aftertaste. Little malt character, medium light body and a lemon and green apple taste ruined what I thought would be a decent hybrid style Blond Ale-APA. Not a good result in the end...
winkle (476) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 10, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled: Poured a star-bright gold colour with a bright white head. Aroma was impressive - fruit salad as mentioned prevoiusly, some grass and honey. Mouthfeel was silghtly thinner than I would have liked but the flavour was a fairly pleasing mixture of honeyed malt and citrus with a hit of hop bitterness for balance. Not bad. Note that I might be swayed to rate it a bit high since I had this at work, during work time and it was free! (Beat that.)
madquacker (997) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - NOV 23, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I thougfh this was a great out of the ordinary beer. Citrus flavours predominate. Lacking abit in the finish. Up their with James Squires pilsner.
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 21, 2004
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
I really hate to put this brewery down, but they never seem to deliver what they promise. This is just another timid attempt at a potentially good style. Mild grassy, orange hop aroma floats on dishwater malt. Weak body/thin palate makes a mockery of the term "ale". About the only thing this delivers on is the appearance, tantalising crystal clear gold with a gleaming white head... but thatís it, otherwise completely boring.
motelpogo (5815) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 20, 2004
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottled. pretty golden. really nice american hop aroma, lightly grassyu with some kiwi fruit. a bit lacking in flavour, lightly honeyed with a bit of lemon-soaked cardboard in the finish
grant60 (185) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 16, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
the closest to gold in colour i have ever seen in a beer. no head but. like little creatures, but lighter on the hops and more malt and caramel flavour.