fletchfighters (998) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
640 ml bottle
Reddish amber color, half finger of off white head, falls quickly to a collar. Not too much visible carbonation. Should be a bit more for the style and ABV level.
Some tropical fruit notes with passion fruit, lemon , wheat, caramel and malt. Slight bits of pine do show up in this though.
Toffee, slightly burnt toast ( not in a bad way), tropical notes , then a good dose of pine in the taste.
Bits of spice in the feel. Does smooth out the sweetness well. Right amounts of carbonation for the style. Get a little more grassy and pine in the feel. Bitterness picks up nicely while drinking.
Solid offering and a good amber ale that does a lot.
BarossaLuke (536) - AUSTRALIA - APR 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a really nice amber ale, has plenty of good fruity hop aroma and flavour. The malt flavour has some good complexity and moderate caramel. Well bittered, and well balanced still very drinkable whilst being full flavoured.
mlaps3 (3) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 26, 2013 does not count
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a clear dark orange/amber into glass. Nice fluffy long-lasting off-white head. Smell of citrus-lemon, and grass notes to go along with some slight roastiness. Taste of toffee up front followed by grapefruit and citrus from the hops and gentle bitterness. Great balance, big fan of this beer.
jdpeebs (687) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had on tap at the Union Hotel in Newtown. Another very good beer from the Goat boys and girls.
Maris (901) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - APR 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 640ml bottle on 15/4/2013. Pours a clearish very light amber with a smallish head (there are some curious yeast flakes floating around in the glass as well). Has a quite nice floral fruity aroma. The flavour features sweet citrus fruit, toffee and caramel malt and a lingering medium bitterness. The body and carbonation are medium also. Just a really solid, enjoyable brew. Agree with others that it comes across as a much an APA as an amber, but who cares about labels when it tastes good?
Davros (1787) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark amber with a large head.
Fruity hops on the nose with apple, pear and resinous hops alongside some light toasty malt.
Hoppy flavours too with big resinous notes alongside a little fruit. More caramel and light toasty notes too.
Carbonation could be higher.
floydian1 (813) - FNQ, Australia, - APR 14, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
640ml bottle from Dan Murphy’s. Clear amber-brown pour with medium-sized fluffy off white head. Heaps of crystal malts on the nose with floral and citrus hops. Tongue is sweet and malty at first before the floral/fruity hops take hold and it finishes with quite a satisfying lingering bitterness. Light-medium body with a mild carbonation. Pleasant and highly sessionable.
imaragingbull (558) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours near clear amber with off white head and decent lace. Aromas of citrus, grass, passionfruit, grain, light caramel and lightly toasted malts. Light medium body, generous hop bitterness and grassy citrus character atop of light medium sweetness and lightly toasted malts. Finishing lightly grassy, citrus and light toasted.
Bif (1257) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poura a hazy dark amber color wit a nice head that fades slowly to good lacing. Aroma of citrus, malt sweetness and a bit of fruit and spice in the background. Initial taste of citrus, some toffee and a bit of fruit. Good bitterness and a clean finish. Medium body, crisp, quite smooth and refreshing. Nice beer that is an easy drinker. Reminds me more of a Pale Ale but still enjoyable.
Stew41 (1660) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - APR 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I usually expect a little more fruity generosity in my ambers but this is very much ultra new world hop dominate. Notwithstanding the not-unreasonable commercial descriptor very much about firm fresh hops and bitterness. Sharp right through the palate and never delivers the toffee and fruitiness. That said, I’d have not style beef if this was marketed as a pale ale.