gam (3159) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Creamy thick head deep rich misty amber pour medium carbonation with aromas of apricot floral good hops flavours grapefruit strong ibu sweet floral resinous pine sweet caramel apricot pear the finish robust ipa strong hoppy tastesgood aftertastes sweet caramel malt lasting bitter good effort
TimE (3086) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
hazy amber color. Heavy dose of caramel and candied apple. Full bodied. A touch sweet. Moderately aggressive bitter finish. Decent without be outstanding.
mkel07 (3004) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 2, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
330ml bottle. What else would you drink on IPA Day. Hands down the best IPA to come out of Australia in my humble opinion. Looks great, smells great, tastes great. What’s left to say.
maneliquor (2989) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2012 Bottle from Mane Liquor. Aggressive amber pour with a dirty off white head on top. Nose is sharp pine needles, pineapple and grass. Quite boozy. Taste is big and aggressive and sticky grass and piney hops. Tropical notes behind it all. Very big for an Aussie take on the style. I like it!
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hawthorne00 (2351) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2012 Tap. Murky dark amber with a coat of light beige head that disappears very quickly. Aroma of nectarines, caramel, kumquats, grapefruit, pine. Creamy mouthfeel. Hides its alcohol pretty well. Taste has candy sweetness before plenty of bitterness that’s mingled with earth, citrus, flowers, pine and a little windex. At first it just seemed like a wallop of bitterness but the mixture of hop flavours gradually came out. Lingering fruity bitter finish. Appearance aside, a very convincing local US-style hop riot. [3.3]
Bottle. Cloudy dark amber with a large light beige head that lasts quite well. Aroma as before with some pepper too. Taste as before - hop aromatics struggle to emerge from the big almost icing sugary sweetness and very strong bitterness. This time felt quite heavy for the ABV. Good, but not really my sort of thing.
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 30, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2012 On tap at Biero and the Local Taphouse. Exceptional, rich beer, great balance. Aromas of burnt caramel, grass, cherry, and resin. Sweet start, with bitterness taking over for a long finish. Palate is velvety, with a full body. Amber red, with a frothy head.
Davros (1856) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark amber with a small, lasting head.
Nose shows tropical fruit, mango, lychee, floral notes and a lot of caramel and toasty malt.
Similar flavours but not so much fruit. Lots of caramel and toasty malt along with piny hops and a hint of soft fruit.
Too much carbonation.
Stew41 (1722) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - APR 27, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not a bad effort but falls a touch short of the mark. Mahogany brown with a red tinge and no head to speak of so following the play book thus far. Dense nose of malts and piney hops; you can almost feel the intensity. Thick on the palate; I drank this both at room temp and straight out of the fridge and it was much better cold. Not cloying, thick and a little hard going. Some tropical fruit early but the malts come thick and fast, a little sludgy, and the beer gets quite bitter to finish. There’s a lot packed in but doesn’t hang together as well as it should.
Bif (1379) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a mahogany color with a tan head that fades to some lacing. Aroma of pine, some malt/caramel sweetness, some fruit and bit of grain in the background. Taste of pine, caramel sweetness with some fruit and grain, Nice bitterness and a dry finish. Medium body, quite smooth and a bit creamy. The 8.5% ABV is very well hidden. Very nice balance. Very enjoyable beer. A solid offerinng for the style. Well worth checking out.
fletchfighters (1028) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2012
0.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
A-- Poured a really dark amber color with some ruby hints? Sure this is not a barleywine?? Obvious big malt body. One finger off white, more tan head, Slowly faded to a ringed collar and film. Nice. Good head retention as got two fingers of head on swirling. Head does not last long though.
S-- Scorched toffee, BBQ’ed pineapple, abused orange and some pine to back it up. I think the pine was not abused or harmed in this. The rest sure was. Quite medicinal and syrupy smell and gets like old band aids. Not going well.
T-- Syrupy orange, Scorched toffee and pine. (I was wrong, the pine was harmed). Yeah a big malt body but this is seriously over the top and nearly undrinkable.
M-- Lower medium body and low carbonation. Body is correct for a DIPA. Pretty decently oily but this is just a mess. Nothing about this screams a DIPA.
O-- Terrible. Makes me want to quit drinking craft after that. Yea a big malt body but this was wrong on every level possible. Just make a barleywine instead as that could be more justified by the body. I am sorry but this was awful and not touching another Melbourne made beer other than Mountain Goat.