sm89walt (1897) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle. Poured a clear, effervescent golden amber with a tall, frothy, lacing and mostly lasting white head. Bold and spicy citrus-styled hops with a vibrant tropical edge on the nose. Flavours of tangerine and mango with biscuity pale malts, nutty yeast, earth and then a lemon rind, marmalade bitterness to close. A slightly perfumed then toasty aftertaste. Medium-ish body, firm and dry mouthfeel, medium carbonation and finishing with a protracted pithy zest in the finish. Nice enough as a pale ale being fresh and crisp but I was particularly enamoured of the yeasty peculiarities in evidence.
Stew41 (1888) - Phuket, THAILAND - JAN 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very impressed with this. Like a stripped back Nirvana with dry structure and amazing herbal and nettle driven hops. Low malt impact, or at least subtle to my tastes. Hints of tropical fruit sweetness in the very back palate. It’s beers like this that serve as a very clear reminder that the beer geek needs to ease off on the bigger / whacky is better and instead focus on and encourage well crafted and super drinkable classics.
Bif (1888) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a hazy copper color with a decent head that fades to some lacing. Aroma of citrus, roasted malt and mild caramel sweetness. Has a mild bitterness and a clean finish. Medium body smooth with an interseting character and a nicely balanced. Enjoyable beer, worth checking out.
Muggus69 (1867) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer has replaced Murrays Nirvana PA. Such a joy to be able to get $4.30 schooners of it at my local bowls club!
Clean golden body, fluffy white head.
Aroma bursting full of tropical and citrus fruit hops; guava, grapefruit, bit of leafy resin, and light malt caramels.
Medium-to-full body, good carbonation, slick texture to it.
Plenty of fruity hop on the body with a genuine malt sweetness that gives the palate some nice weight. Solid bitterness to finish lingers.
Truely one of the great Australian APAs, be hard to go past compared to others.
Sevenlee (1711) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - FEB 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a yellow colour with a very tall frothy white head. Aroma is sweet, citrusy fruits and some spices. Taste is also sweet citrus with some light biscuit, toffee and caramel notes leading to a subtle, well balanced bitter finish. Good job!
GoufCustom (1413) - HONG KONG - OCT 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml bottle bought at CitySuper in Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui.
Looks: Cloudy hazy golden amber colour with traces of dirt like yeast sediments. One finger head and white foam which last for 2 minutes. Very good sticky lacing with fizzy carbonation.
Aroma: Very fragrant nose of sweet ale malt, with fresh grapefruit, orange blossoms, molasses, canned peaches, pine cone, hint of chocolate, and faint grass.
Taste: Light sweet and refreshing ale malt, with pomelo, grapefruit, light peaches, pine, yeast, strong lime and strong grass.
Body: Medium, with thick and oozy palate.
Mouth Feel: dominated by refreshing pomelo - more so than the usual grapefruit - in a thick oozy rasiny background. I’m in a treat! Complemented with piney, slightly yeasty and good lime. Very enjoyable!
Hoppiness: refreshing citrus, grapefruits, orange blossoms, and pine cones in nose and taste, and a moderate to low touch of bitterness for a low-key finish.
After Taste: Slightly dry, very easy and fruity to mouth.
Comments:This is one very enjoyable APA, its genius use of the fruity Motueka and Pacifica hops brings a refreshing, piney, fruity and oozy nose and taste to a wholesome body. Drinking this is a pure joy. Highly recommended, of course!
KeefOz (1403) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - AUG 16, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured a translucent honey amber colour with a two-finger white foamy head that diminished quickly but laced well. Moderate carbonation. Aroma of malt and sweet hops. Taste had faint malt but dominated a bit by hops which gave a mild bitterness. Medium body. Medium length slightly bitter finish but quite a good beer.
StevieT (1359) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Spicy hops aroma, malt flavours, smooth, refreshing with a mild bitterness. I like it, drink it cold.
Rob_D_UK (1330) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bought from the brewery in a 1.89L growler and consumed at home. Pours a clear amber colour with a white head. Strong citrus aroma and very pleasant hop taste with a hint of citrus.
Maris (1307) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - DEC 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 330ml bottle on 10/12/2011. This is apparently a replacement for Murray’s Nirvana Pale Ale, and I seen numerous suggestions this is the same beer and simply relabeled. However, this one has a higher ABV, and it does taste different (albeit similar) to Nirvana. The respective labels indicate that different hops are used (Cascade and Hallertau for Nirvana and Pacifica and Motueka for Angry Man). Pours a deep, fairly clear golden with a small head which disappears quickly. Has a nice sweet aroma, with passionfruit, honey and caramel and floral notes present. Flavour wise, it’s sweet and fruity with some caramel malt evident. Finishes with a distinct hoppy finish. A truly excellent APA from one a few consistently good brewers in Oz.