Zoot07 (5) - Gold Coast, AUSTRALIA - MAR 14, 2014 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Honestly I struggle to see how this beer is rated as low as it is on here (to commercial for the hipsters?), this has become one of my go-to pale ales. Compared to other APAís available in Australia in a comparable price range I reckon itís hard to beat. The current batch Iím rating pours a golden, slightly amber colour with what I believe to be the perfect carbonation level for an APA, fluffy pillowy head dissipating slowly and leaving a goo bit of lacing, when poured at the right temp. The nose is brilliant; the dry hoped Amarillo really shines through when fresh. The taste is great, All the stone fruit, citrus and pine you would expect from this hop combo (Cascade, Newport and Amarillo) and I donít get any metallic or off flavours at all. Iíve had this beer less fresh than this batch and got a bit of oxidation and the hops had faded a bit but was still a great beer. Overall a very clean drinking, true to style, hop forward APA. I think a lot of the local Aussie so-called craft breweries could learn from this one. Also the fact that it comes in a six-pack instead of four pack is a big bonus for me and still cheaper than the local equivalents? I have a real problem with the recent Aussie trend of selling craft beer in four packs, 18 - 22 buck for a four pack? Moo, Feral, Balmain, Murrayís.
ColaKid (65) - AUSTRALIA - APR 3, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I have to agree with zoot07 on this one, this is a better pale ale than what the scores and ratings suggest. The hops and malt balance is spot on as it treads that fine line between a subtle pale ale and IPA really well. This is one of the best pale ales around and great price for Aussie standards, robust , tasty and wonderful dry hopping. Well done Karl Strauss!
norsk (13) - USA - MAY 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Again, great packaging--love the cruiser and beach reference! Amber, color like dark caramel, good head, legs--wraps around the glass; strong flavor with hints of citrus and sweet (flowers), good smooth taste, not too bubbly-fun bubbles!
obguthr (4082) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice prominent honey and tea aroma. Clear amber. Solid tea flavor with a sweet honey finish. Not a lot of complexity, but a pleasure to drink. More EPA than APA.
mholeva (2) - USA - JUL 15, 2010 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
It has a spicy smell, which I like. I like the taste, not as mild as I usually like, but the aftertaste is very strong. Overall, I like the beer in general, but it has a distinct taste.
Maris (1023) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - SEP 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 355ml bottle on 12/9/2012. Pours a fairly clear dark golden with a tiny head. Has a delightful floral, fruity, perfumey aroma. This is a very flavoursome APA, with caramel and toasty malt, and sweet citrus fruit particularly prominent, with a touch of honey at the back. Better still, itís quite hop forward, with a touch of IPA-like grapefruit bitterness present. The body is medium and the carbonation spot on. All up, a terrific APA with heaps of character.
Davros (2029) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark amber with a large, lasting head.
Very hoppy aroma, lots of pine, floral notes, citrus fruit and spicy hops. Some light clean malt underneath.
Flavours follow along the same lines, with more floral and spicy notes along with a little fruit. Lovely clean malt underneath with just a hint of a cookie dough-like character.
Carbonation is perhaps just a little high.
Wonderfully refreshing and drinkable.
mattyhennessy (348) - Highton, AUSTRALIA - JAN 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a golden clear yellow with a foamy white head. Medium carbonation, aromas of citrus and pine. Initial malt flavour balanced well with grapefruit bitterness. Finishing hops deliver a slight citrus peel flavour that is pleasant on the tongue. Very delicious
Pyobon (975) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. Clear reddish copper with some small white head. Aroma is floral hops with tangy fruit (grapefruit or pineapple). Medium body and carbonation. Flavour starts sweet and fruity (pineapple or grapefruit again) and ends with a pleasant bitter finish. A well balanced pale ale.
BucannonXC5 (935) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2011 Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. Just over an inch of head. Color was caramel. Plenty of lacing on top with some film on the sides. The film stayed throughout the pour.
Initial whiff was pine and grapefruit, followed by hops.
Initial taste was a pleasant balance of hops, pine and grapefruit, followed by a small hint of bitterness. Even some lemon wafer cookies in there as well.
Moderate on the carbonation. Flavor stayed consistent throughout. Pine and hops rule the day.
I thought this beer was going to be good and it didnít disappoint. Heavy on the hops, but smooth. Great combination.