ComradeK (1100) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2010
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pint bottle. Pours a hazy dark brown, with a fairly small head that vanishes fairly quickly, yet does leave quite good lacing. The aroma is a confused mass of faint grainy notes. There are detectable notes of rye, white and sourdough bread, and a hint of citrus hops, which redeems it a little. The initial taste has some fairly agreeable citrus hops set against a weak white bread backdrop, and is far from excellent. The hops, however, quickly fade, replaced by an odd mixture of grain notes, similar to the aroma. The finish is harsh and abrupt, and the palate a little too watery. The real problem with this beer, as I see it, is that it tries to do far too much. It has not the usual one grain in the mix, but a bewildering array of seven. If it was simplified down a more standard one, or even two grains, it would be a fairly standard brown ale. Its plethora of cereals, however, creates a bizarre cacophony of weak grain notes, which overwhelms the beer. A poor performance from an otherwise excellent brewery.
grantw (18) - , AUSTRALIA - AUG 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice aroma, and generally agreeable flavours over a relatively thin body, but a nice beer halfway between the english northern brown ales and the american brown ale styles.
RyansRatings (43) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a perfect deep onion brown colour, with ample off white foam. Gently carbonated, but that’s about all an Ale should be. The nose shows sweet & spicy hops, clean as a whistle. The palate is initially opulent and obscenely malty, before a reasonably bitter kick towards the back. Fantastic style & execution. The best beer I’ve had from this brewery.
floydian1 (1338) - FNQ, Australia, - AUG 19, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle into pint glass. Pours bronzed brown with a good sized yellowish-tinged white head. Aroma is toasty dark malts with prominent tropical fruity hops. Palate is nicely balanced between the sweet malt base and the fruity lingering bitter hop finish. Easily drinkable smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and lowish carbonation. Very enjoyable.
Threepwood (107) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not a laid back as an English and not as hop crazy as an American, this is a really nice interpretation of a Brown that I’d love to see them take mainstream.
OldMrCrow (2364) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint bottle in Sydney.
Deep cola pour, moderate head. Interesting to pick up the cascade notes in the aroma atop a brown ale nuttiness; some gentle sweetness to the flavor and even roast, but the hops are doing the majority of the work here, making for an enjoyable and distinctive brown ale. Not in the league of their pale ale, but nevertheless very nice for an Australia craft beer.
vanvenlo (1708) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 8, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
23-Jul-2010 (The Local Taphouse - Melbourne) - Light malt, hoppy fruit aroma. Light brown amber colour, ordinary head and decent lacing. Hoppy fruit and light sweet caramel malt flavour. Bitter finish and fruity hop aftertaste.
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 30, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thick white head strong carbonation red brown clear pour aroma fruit light caramel flavour toasted malts caramel passionfruit grapefruit good bitter has a fizz morishing beer finish mildly gry fruit and malt lasting bitter good one
Mjollnir (396) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JUL 28, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
568mL bottle. Pours dark golden brown with a small off white head that leaves some lacing. Aromas of caramel, grass and citrus. Low sweetness, low bitterness, some hop flavours. Light-medium bodied, soft-medium carbonation and a bit starchy in the finish.
BarossaLuke (552) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber/light brown colour. Aroma really packs a nice hoppy aroma, quite complex with good malt there too. Palate backs this up with medium to full body, sweet caramel malt and clean bitterness. I’m really enjoying this beer, great flavour would definitely order again. On tap, Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide.