highlandlad (1475) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - OCT 23, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Above-average Aussie IPA. Murky peachy gold, fat head. Nice aroma - quince, stewed prunes, sticky toffee. On the tongue, first thought is a thumbs-up for those nutty English malts. Big slurp of stewed fruits and brown sugar. Apricot, date, toffee. The slightly brittle mouthfeel is a mild negative imo. Bit of butterscotch diacetyl in there, but it works okay here. IBUs are pitched at a sessionable level. (330ml bottle from Leura Cellars. Bottled July 2016. Now labelled íBritish-style IPAí but the ABV is the same.)
ALLOVATE (2912) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
At just on cool and into a snifter. Russet hued orange and just shy of bright. Head is a compact off-white pad that lasts with little lace. Big plummy malts, stewed rhubarb, pine needles and vine clippings, and floral notes dominate the full nose. Moderate carbonation lifts some meaty, chunky malts on the palate. Quite big in body and residually sweet with nutty, woody honey notes lingering long on the tongue. Quite bitter with a peaking weedy and herbal edge that fades off into the malty swallow. A hint of smoke and burnt sugar with a little diacetyl adds character. I liked this one. The sample had a little age in it so it would be interesting to try a fresh from draught sample. An interesting if not full on English IPA. (33cL, Bottled 02/15, BIDbeer)
varanid99 (1033) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 20, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep cloudy amber pour with a thin white head. Spicy, citrus and passionfruit aroma with a bit of caramel. Caramel and citrus taste with mild bitterness.
Nicko (223) - Ashfield, AUSTRALIA - AUG 1, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Thick opaque amber, low carbonation, medium foamy head. Aroma ripe stone fruit, sour medium bitter finish.
Dervock (1004) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 2, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - pours amber with a white head. Aroma is caramel, honey, nutty and a bit marmaladeish. Taste is honey and sweet malt up front then a transition to a dry lingering finish. Creamy palate. Nice drop came as a bit of a surprise.
Hop_Hedonist (475) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at The Monk - intensely grassy nose - well balanced IPA - I could stand a lot more hops - pleasant enough for one.
Lazlo_Panaflex (6) - - SEP 1, 2011 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Apparently these guys are pretty consistent with their brewing. If this is a true statement then I shall probably try and drink their whole catalogue. This is their double hop IPA and in true form it packs a bit of a punch. It has a lovely amber colour in the glass with a delicious, fluffy head. On the nose you get caramel and honey with some spice. It almost smells like mead. Up front it is all hops and nutty malts with a lingering, bitter finish. Iím finding it a little sweet actually and the more it warms up the sweeter it gets. I wish I had left it in the fridge a bit longer to really get cold. It isnít disappointing and is probably the best Aussie IPA Iíve had so far.
Davros (2823) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amber with a ridiculous head. Impossible to pour. Expect to wait a good 5-10 minutes before being able to pour the whole bottle.
Nose shows apricots, orange blossom, peach and resinous hops with sweet nutty and caramel malt underneath. Very nice!
Similar malt profile in the way of flavours, loads of nutty malt. Fruity hops also transfer through. Finishes with a bold, sharp clean bitterness.
Carbonation is way too high!!!! Really stupidly high.
If this wasnít so massively over-carbed itíd be a bloody impressive beer.
BarossaLuke (552) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Wheaty-Adelaide. Iíve said it before but I think Lobethal are the most consistent brewers in the South Australian micro scene. Every beer Iíve had from them is well brewed and very drinkable. I really liked the double hop IPA, very well done. Lots of big hop aroma and flavour, one of the better Aussie IPAs.
hawthorne00 (3540) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark amber with a large light beige head. Aroma of earth, citrus and pine, apricots, oranges, caramel. A little soap. Taste is honeyed and fruity with orange and apricot, lingering but not huge bitterness. Nice fresh hop aroma but like their normal IPA just a bit sweet for me. Pretty good.