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 (2336) - 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 (1026) - 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 that’s it, otherwise completely boring.
motelpogo (6203) - 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.
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.
bluevegie (3049) - 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 it’s 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.