mkel07 (2520) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 25, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
650ml bottle. Thick creamy sand coloured foam sits atop a copper coloured base, looks great and is packed full of caramel malt and hop aromas that jump out of the glass. The flavour doesn’t disappoint with rich malty flavours that sit in the mouth and linger. This is definetely a rare breed.
bluevegie (3042) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
6.2%. Clear burnt orange body with minimal but lasting head. Good hop nose with sweet malts as well. Mainly hop flavour in the taste, moderate bitterness, smooth and medium body. Drank well.
Mjollnir (384) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JAN 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
640mL bottle, 6.2% ABV. Pours clear gold with a small and short-lived off-white head, leaving some lacing. Reasonably strong floral, citrusy and tropical fruit hop aromas over honey and caramel. Medium sweetness and bitterness with a reasonable level of hop flavour and a slight sourness coming through. Light-medium bodied, soft and smooth carbonation, and a little sticky with a lingering finish.
bozoNZ (719) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 14, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
6.2% version, arrived via post today, cheers Cam. Lovely colour, as bright and clear a a beer gets. Lovely aroma combines the lightest touches of pine, light citrus and herb. Fantastic weight and texture, it just wafts over the palate. Enough balance of sweetness all round hop freshness and lingering finish. Really delightful....
Stew41 (1663) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - APR 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not really new world as I might have expected. That is, not over hopped or malted relative to the style. Bravo to the 5.7% and fantastic packaging. Heaps of balance and flavours are very faithful to the IPA style. Hops show mineral and iron, authentic in my book. Some sweetness to finish. One of MG’s best beers me thinks. Over-priced at $10 for a 660ml but hey, this is Australia.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 13, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The packaging for this sure is impressive. Hats off. The beer looks good too - nice head and a deep dark amber colour which looks nice but gives the underhopped-overcrystalled game away from the start. Subtle weedy hops in the aroma much more than flavour, but it’s more malt-driven with caramel marshmallows and fairy floss. Slightly bready yeastiness and tartness on the palate. Some grainy, almost roasty, stuff in the finish. Hops contribute to structure but you can’t really taste them much. Has that nice glassy mouthfeel you get from lots of crystal. It’s a nice enough beer but, to be blunt, pretty underwhelming given the effort they’ve clearly gone to. I also had it on tap at the brewery and it was a little bit hoppier and fresher, but not hugely so - makes sense given how poorly Goat’s bottled beers keep, and this was a fresh bottle stored in the fridge. I wonder if we should start an ’Australian IPA’ substyle for caramelly amber ales that call themselves IPAs? There sure are plenty of examples about.
Dredd (684) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - FEB 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Exceptionally good beer. Nice aroma of tropical fruit and a dark amber colour with thick beige head. Flavour is initially sweet malt that gets progressively biscuity and finishes with a firm but not over the top bittering finish. ABV is about right and balance is spot on.
hawthorne00 (2259) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2013 [2/10] Stylish 650ml bottle. Half 16C straight glass, (better) half 14C tulip. Barely hazy copper, small fading light tan head. Nose has caramel, passionfruit, lychees, pine, galangal, citrus and surprisingly prominent alcohol. Very soft mouthfeel. Lingering pine and grapefruit bitterness with mainly caramel and biscuity malt backing it. Spicy finish. It’s certainly hoppy, but there’s a (pleasing to me) reiteration of the house style: an emphasis on texture and depth over intensity. [rerate 3/10] , old rating 3.9] The lack of sophisticated malty flavours tells a bit on subsequent samplings.
[6/13] Growler. After a few disappointing bottles of this in the new format, liking this as much as ever. Nothing’s fantastic, but everything works together.
bendybenbeer (38) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 2, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
650ml bottle. Love the label. Looks great. Similarities to Rasputin I.S.? Aroma is a little bit muted, can smell a bit of alcohol. Nice but not wow. Cloudy copper colour, with a nice creamy head that lasts. Palate is nice and full, with a good creamy, carbonated mouthfeel. Nicely bitter, but not OTT. Strangely astringent aftertaste. Overall a good brew, but just a few things missing from making it a top brew. Good to see the Goat Boys hitting back with this sort of beer after their Steam Ale....
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange with a dense white head. Minimal lacing. Big aromas of citrus and resiny hops as expected. Some caramel malt sweetness also. Good aromas. Malt sweetness comes through a little more in the flavours though the usual US hops flavours are there also. Nice balance with the hops not overly dominating. Finish is bitter though not quite as bitter as was expected. More reminiscent of an English IPA to my palate despite the US hops. Good beer.