IJT (40) - Carterton, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A golden coloured ale (surprise) with a nice white head. The aroma and flavours contained quite a bit of fruit salad and fruity hops. The first taste strongly reminded me of eating grapes (wine making, not eating varieties).
It is very similar to little creatures, although not as overpowering (which I personally find it), and one of the brewers had once told me that APA was his favourite style and they wanted to do one.
Nice enough, but not my thing.
Muggus (193) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 14, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Read about it in the newspaper a few weeks back and couldnít say resist when coming across it the first time in a bottle ío. Anyway, the aroma has a bit of tropical fruity hopiness to it and a bit of caramel malt to it. Pours a redish gold body with a little white head. Has a good amount of hop character to the body, possibly cascade considering its resemblance to Little Creatures PA in flavour, not as full however. Lots of citrus fruit and pineapple I get. Tiny bit of malt in there too and a lingering bitterness. Quite enjoyable, a decent JS brew, although itís pretty similiar to their IPA, and not really as good.
bluevegie (3030) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 11, 2004
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Fluffy white head on top of a golden orange body, so the appearance was ok. Floral hop aroma,ok. Taste was light, malt, lemon, grapefruit, a little watery and almost like drinking a midstrength, average.
Betty (235) - Walgett, NSW, AUSTRALIA - NOV 1, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had this from a bottle so I guess itís a different beer to the one on tap in the brewhouse, or at least I need to get my numbers up. I like this stuff. Very malty and a nice honey thing going on.
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - OCT 26, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
There I was, thinking that I would be the first to rate this. I had this last Friday night from the bottle. Theyíre good blokes down at the JS brewhouse in Kig Street. This was also as an apology for the problems they were having with the stout. Anyway Graeme brought some over and gave SBGoodDave and I a sample. Is this an APA? There is wheat malt here as well as barley so is it in style? Its colour profile is true to form but the rest? This has a good colour and fine crisp head which lasts well. there is indeed a good bit of fruit salad here with passionfruit and pineapple. Also the hop nose does come through but this is somewhat lost when tasted. The one thing I did note when the sample was at its coldest is a degree of astringency. This will be a good summer beer but if I want an APA I think Little Creatures will get my nod on most occasions.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 25, 2004
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I had this on tap last night at the Melbourne JS Brewhouse but itís definitely the new MSB brewed beer (very different to my recollection of the pilot brew BTW.) Darker than I was expecting, but clear with good head retention. Aroma starts out really strong - a lot like LCPA with that floral lychee aroma but that subsides and leaves a bunch of tropical fruit salad gear thatís a bit overwhelming. Really doesnít taste particularly good for mine. Stewed fruit, some acidity, sweet with very little hop character. Reminds me a lot of the Portland Pale which makes me think that beer isnít crap they just doesnít clean the lines well enough. As Sully said this is a disappointment.
eczematic (1306) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 25, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2005 a very drinkable beer, balanced inoffensively between fruit, bready malt and mild bitterness. nice amarillo aroma. light and soft textured. only thing is itís a bit soapy in the mouth. but otherwise i donít mind it and would certainly rather drink it than anything else from JS these days.