eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, 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 (570) - 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 (1016) - The Vale of Dundas, 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 (1924) - 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 (3222) - 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 (1302) - 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.
maneliquor (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2012 Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours bright amber with a small, fluffy white head. Head retention is pretty solid and leaves some spotty lacing. Nose is subtle spice, green hops and tropical/citric fruits. Sweet caramel backs the taste which is oozing with over ripe fruits - tangerine, peach, apricot. Lots of zest. Subtle, yet lingering bitterness with soft and prickly carbonation. Nice work, very good beer which showcases the rye very well
Stew41 (1736) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - FEB 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another very good seasonal from MG. They really have the base IPA for these beers down pat and the rye malt provides, at least to my palate, a grainy, barnyard overlay that reminds me a touch of daggy old Eastern European pilsners. Hoppy yes, aggressive no. Aniseed infused hops to finish. Good value at $10 too. A touch under-carbonated?
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 24, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Parkhill cellars. Delicious IPA, very nicely hopped. Aromas of grain, caramel, cherries, grass, and liquorice. Taste is sweet and bitter, with long length. Palate is velvety, almost creamy, with a medium-to-full body. Amber, with a frothy head.
Dredd (687) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - FEB 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice aroma, hints of tropical fruit and hoppiness. Colour is deep amber with a thin course tan head. Flavour is a bit thin upfront which moves to some breadiness and long hoppy finish. Finish is long but well balanced.