highlandlad (1394) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAY 30, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A worthwhile experiment that doesn’t quite work for mine. Can’t pretend any knowledge of rye malt but here it appears to subtract from, rather than add to, the end result. This tasted like a hopped-up Stone & Wood Pacific Ale, a beer I don’t especially rate. This looked great - bronze with an enduring, pillowy head. The aroma has typical tropical fruit notes - passionfruit, white peach, quince and some nice bready malts. But the palate seems too thin to carry some big hoppy flavours. It’s over-fizzy and there’s a hole in the mid-palate where the body is lacking. Is that the flaw with rye malt or just coincidence? The hops are a muddle of indistinct fruity acids and the whole thing doesn’t come together. Lord knows it’s good to see an Australian brewer pushing into unexplored territory in this part of the world, but this doesn’t cut it for me. (640ml bottle from Down Under Cellars, Leura. BB 30/10/12)
jdpeebs (684) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Fantastic tropical fruit aromas. great combination of malt and hops. A nice big IPA. A little bit more maltiness than it"s brother
MJGG (894) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille de 640 ml. Arômes plutôt intenses de houblon fruité (oranges, pêches, melons). Robe orangée et trouble, légère dentelle et effervescence active. En bouche, le houblon très fruité et passablement aromatique domine. Le malt, velouté sans être sucré, apporte des notes franches de seigle. Finale sèche et moyennement amère. Excellent !
mds (2118) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 24, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Glad to have the opportunity to try this one but it didn’t live up my expectations. Perhaps I don’t care for rye beers? The malts were pronounced and it was not nearly as hop forward I’d like. Very drinkable but not all that flavourable. I’d happily drink it again but it wouldn’t be my first choice.
eczematic (1306) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 21, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
fantastic beer in some respects - the malt flavour is excellent and there is a great balance here between oily and spicy rye, toffee and bitterness. the element i dont like (and most aus breweries seem to love) is the galaxy hops. dirty heavy overripe tropical fruit and an odd tomato flavour that competes with the malt in midpalate rather than expanding it out into the finish. potential here but the syrup and fruit win over the malt and bitterness.
imaragingbull (550) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
640ml bottle. Pours cloudy orange amber with rocky off white cream head. Excellent lace. Nice hoppy aroma, galaxy hops shining through backed by the genuine cascade citrus grapefruit notes - excellent caramel sweetness backing the hops also with a touch of spice from the rye. Generous hop flavour, rye character comes through, albeit not too spicy as the malty caramel comes through - its altogether blending, not over the top, but satisfying nonetheless. Light-Medium body, medium bitterness acecentuated by the rye. Spice and hop flavour lingering well through the lightly sweet finish.
ComradeK (859) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - APR 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
640ml bottle. Pours a hazy dark amber, with a large off-white head, which lasts fairly well, leaving decent lace. Pine hops and strong rye bread make for a fairly simple, but very pleasant aroma. There are strong initial hops, with pine and powerful citrus notes, especially lemon. These lead into a firm backbone of smooth, dark rye, which lends a bit of support to the hops. A touch of burnt toffee comes in towards the finish, which is quite smooth although not especially long-lasting. This is a quite decent attempt at a style I have not seen from an Australian craft brewer before. It lacks the flair of some of the US examples, but is still quite an enjoyable beer.
Davros (1725) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 12, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose is pretyt fruity, with lots of peach, passion fruit and apricot. Underneath is spicy hints along with big caramel presence and toffee.
Similar fruity flavours, but also showing a lot of malt, combining to create orange marmalade characters. Nice spicy, bready backing from the rye.
Could use more carbonation.
gam (2908) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 9, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rich misty orange pour frothy head aromas floral rye smoothness rye fruit hops pasionfruit some malt the flavours grapefruit passionfruit honey the rye such a good flavour in ales like wheat smoothness the finish good hop and sweet malt aftertaste bitter that lingers not bad going down
Sevenlee (1060) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - MAR 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is fruity hops, grapefruit and nuts. Taste is also fruity and nutty leading to a solid bitter finish. Great stuff.