davidm (1919) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 5, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 330ml. Great beer. Aromas of caramel, cherries, and pine. Taste starts sweet, with bitterness gently taking over. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Dark amber, with a frothy head.
mkel07 (2520) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 20, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle. Coppery teak colour with a full caramel coloured foam crown. Sweet aromas of caramel, hops and malt. Smooth on the palate and very easy to drink as it is hoppy and mildly bitter. O good effort and I look forward to trying the rest of the range from Lobethal.
Muggus69 (1100) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - SEP 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle, Bottled April 2008. First thing I notice about this badboy is the colour of the body! Deep amber with a creamy off-white head...is this an American-style Amber ale? My suspicions are only confirmed when I take a whiff; big ripe stonefruits peach/nectarine, rich crystal malts toffee, caramel, mild roastiness, some grass in the background. Mouthfeel is fantastic, creamy moderate carbonation, excellent balance of malt sweetness and hop sharpness, lingering for a good while. Big hop character on the body, of the likes are very uncommon in Aussie APA clones; pine, lemon zest, peach pip, with a grainy crystal toffee sweetness standing up to the tyraid. Finishes the slightest bit astrigent with a bold bitterness and lingering hop tang. Fantastic! Very similiar to homebrewed American Amber ales i’ve tried. As far as large scale Aussie-made APA’s go, this could well give Little Creatures a run for its money!
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown! / Waikato, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Kings Head Hotel, Adelaide. Dark amber with a small off white head. Nice fruity aroma of lychee and citrus and biscuit malt. The flavour is bursting with juicy hop flavours made up of tropical fruit and a good malt backbone of biscuit malt gives support. Smooth and bitter in the mouthfeel with a noticeable resiny hop presence. An extremely quaffable pale ale.
Maris (901) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - AUG 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 330ml bottle on 12/8/2011 (Batch No PA-15, bottled June 2011). Pours a light amber with little head. Has a strong and pleasant fruity, perfumey aroma. In the mouth, it’s got lots of sweet stone fruit , a dash of biscuity malt, some honey, and a good dose of citrus bitterness at the back. A very nice, well balanced pale.
Dredd (681) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - FEB 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I don’t know if it is fair to rate a bottle found back of the cupboard 18 months after bottling. Normally I would say no, but in this case yes, because it has certainly gone the distance.
Pout is ruby brown with white head, spipcy plum pudding aroma. The flavour is complex, biscuity, spicy with some brown sugar and slight bitterness at the end. I wouldn’t normally recommend letting a beer go this long, but in the case of the Lobethal Pale Ale I would say there is lots of room to be pleasantly surprised.
Brenhophead (510) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330mL bottle bought online from brewery although i think this is a different recipe as the bottle reads 5.6% abv, bottled nov 2011. As i cracked this bottle there was alot of gas so i poured this very carefully although the fizz overwhelmed by glass and as i right this the head is still slowly increasing after several minutes. After a turbid start the aroma is a nice sweet citrus and honey?? Also a very nice flavour to this beer heavy hops for a pale ale with spicy/citrus notes and also a nice toffee malt backing. This beer has been well crafted its just a pitty i had to leave it for 5 mins before i drank it to get rid of the excessive carbonation.
jdpeebs (687) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle from Micro beer club. Lovely reddish brown colour with a beige head. Nice citrus aromas. A very nice beer. A good version of an american pale ale.
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear, dark amber body with a bubbly, quickly diminishing beige head. Hoppy aroma has notes of caramel, pine, citrus and mint. Flavour is both hoppy and malty with additional notes of toffee, nuts, chocolate and spice. Medium bodied with a slightly thin mouthfeel and a fairly long spicy, bitter finish. Pretty good APA, not the best Australian example, but in the same league.
Davros (1787) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours ruby with a nice head that quickly fades to a layer.
Aroma shows loads of juicy, fruity hops with some piney resin as well. A fair bit of clean malt is present.
Lots of caramelised and almost toasty malt flavours show through, but seem almost harsh. Quite prominent bitterness, though the malt still overshadows.
Carbonation is too high.