Oakes (11363) - 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.
Tranquillity (1386) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 30, 2007
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Blah. Nasty stuff. Aroma of Nordic pee-lages and perhaps some grass. Pale golden, medium white head. Feels oily, broken bubbles. Taste bitter, dirty with almost no finish.
highlandlad (1402) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - APR 10, 2007
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Another forgettable beer from a brewer that has all the right credentials - independent, avoids additives, uses fresh local ingredients - and yet produces stultifyingly dull beers. I always approach their stuff with optimism and end up disappointed. This one was translucent pale gold with a fat shaving foam head. The doughy aroma had metallic overtones but was otherwise remarkable for how little there was to remark upon. Light, sourish citric flavours gave way to a chalky finish with some light herbal astringency. Minimal bitterness. There is an unusual flavour, presumably from the local Motueka hops, but it doesnít add up to very much. (330ml bottle from Vintage Cellars, Clovelly. BB 27/10/07)
Dredd (678) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - MAR 7, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sweet aroma with a slight honey to it. Sweet upfront malts with a slight corniness to it. There is reasonable bitterness and finish to this to balance it out. Not a bad quaffer, but that is about it.
SilkTork (5067) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2007
2.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle from BeersOfEurope. A clean, slightly biscuity lager. Soft, interesting hops in the finish - quite herby. Some soap overall. Nothing great, but quite drinkable.
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 21, 2007
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Typical pale lager appearance - yellow gold with a loose white head and lots of bubbles. Light tasting with some mealy grains coming through. No sign of the NZ hops except for a little bitterness. Rather boring and plain.
detroitsteel (235) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2007
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Iím ashamed to admit Iím predisposed to antipathy towards anything antipodean, living as I do in west London. It pains me therefore to report that Macís Gold is a ok beer. Not that much to look at - standard golden hue, but very light in the mouth, soft, creamy flavour thatís low on sharpe notes. I didnít detect many hops in there. Itís a bit watery, but at least its distictive. Nice bottle design.
Stew41 (1655) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - NOV 29, 2006
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Not sure if this meant to be marketed as a mid-strength (perhaps not at 4%) but goes quite ok for a mainstream beer in this style. Pale lager yellow in colour and thin head, low density head. No discernable character on the nose. Soft malt driven palate that clearly (or at least to my palate) has a low ABV feel about it. Malts taste just a fraction stale and daggy (the intensity of the malt reminds me of the fading fruit power of a mature red wine. Medium weight finish. Better than most macro mid-strengths getting around.
ALLOVATE (2263) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 18, 2006
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Oh, bugger it. Geez, the bottles impressive. Good ítalk-you-in-to-ití promo on the back. I thought I found a dead-set winner. Then I peeled the top and it did a Malt Shovel on me.
Pours a clear, thinly looking yellow gold. Head was flaccid to start off with but barely broke the 2 minute height barrier before fizzying away to nothing. Err, maybe a few legs in there as it went. Aroma of watered down cordial - as a tot I couldnít have this before bedtime otherwise I may wet the bed. Problem is, I dare a few too many of these and I may burst a valve in the bar. Thin, watery again and overly subtle in the mouth thought it was íThorpeís-brandí exercise water with just a little citrus. Not too much!!!
Zingy and bubbly, taste of íPassionaí perceptible, dull malt, umm, perhaps and a little sourness in back. Finish is hospital clean, very crisp and like you werenít drinking beer at all. Faultless if I was judging soda - but I ainít, arenít, is not?
Points added for just being braindeadedly clean, free of thought and emotion.Cheers (33cL, 14/03/07, Intíl Beer Shop, W. Leederville)