DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2007
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle from the cave. Intresting opening divise. Aroma is lager malt, quite sweet with herbal hop character im not keen on. Taste is similar however very highly carbonated to the level that its not easy to drink.
sinkas (265) - Perth/Fremantle, AUSTRALIA - JUL 19, 2007
2.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, VC, Myaree, WA
Bright golden colour, Aromas is citrus, grainey and mild. Flavour is zesty citrus, dry with very little malt, and some subtle hops flavours. OK, But pales in comparison to most of this companyís output.
Muggus69 (932) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JUL 17, 2007
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Ooo a pull ring! Havenít seen these on a beer in many a long year. Slightly sweet corn-like malt with a bit of grass and bready yeast. Pours a straw body with a thin white head. Chalky sort of texture to the beer, bit thin. Corny malts dominate the body, some bread-like flavours with some floral hop character towards a dry finish. Unremarkable really.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 10, 2007
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Cabbagey, metallic aroma is somewhat tart with some grainy notes. Brilliantly clear golden body is topped by a light white head that recedes to ring. Flavour is also grainy with underlying DMS offset by floral hops and light bitterness. Light, somewhat watery texture to the body with fair carbonation. Bottle (Gift, Jan-07) sampled with Oakes in June 2007. Thanks, E!
johndoughty (3528) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Difficult to undo the strange top which wasnít a very good start. Slightly dry with a clean taste but not a lot of distinctive flavour. For some reason I had expected a more complex and interesting beer rather than the average one that I got.
madquacker (995) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - JUN 29, 2007
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
A dull boring brew with no readily apparent redeeming features. Poured a flat head and then a soft drink maltiness. Maybe needs greater alcohol content. Disappointing.
RogerRabbit (26) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 18, 2007
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
This beer seems to be held up as an icon in NZ, but why? Sure it has a somewhat romantic brewery story behind it (although it is now owned by Lion breweries, who in turn are majority owned by Kirin), but the beer doesnít measure up. It looks okay, but the flavour has (as another rater called it) a hint of sour citric. Something just doesnít taste right. I think it is a poor "craft" beer.
faroeviking (10299) - FAROE ISLANDS - JUN 15, 2007
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a pale golden colour with a medium rather short white head. Aroma of malt and some hops with a little sweetness. The flavour has a pleasant maltiness, bit sweet and hoppy. The finish is dry with a mild bitterness. Nothing great but not bad at all.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 7, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2008 Second rating: Straw colour. Fresh grassy nose with breezy malt notes and a hint of mint. Fresh, light malt character, very slight hop character. Quick and vaguely refreshing.
Original rating: Clear golden with a light sparkle. Quite metallic in the nose with some bread notes. On the palate itís got hints of bread and a light mushroomy character. Actually decent as macrobrews go. Ar 5 Ap 2 F 4 P 2 O 9 = 2.2
bozoNZ (716) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 27, 2007
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pint - Dull yellow, probably chill haze given the teeth chattering temperature it was served at. Minimal nose of nothing noteworthy. Clean but only really developed any flavor towards the finish (when it had warmed). Prefer this by choice when only alternative is Kiwi Brownís but on itís own thereís nothing too enlightening.