Maris (1321) - 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.
floydian1 (1301) - FNQ, Australia, - MAY 20, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Golden pour with off white head and soapy lace. Citrus hops and grainy malts on the nose and tongue with a mild dry bitter finish for the style. Nothing hits you over the head. Light-medium body with a spiritely mouthfeel. An easy drinking lawn mower beer.
Pyobon (1262) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2012 (bottle) Pours clear golden with little head. Lovely aroma - complex floral and fruity bouquet. Medium body with good carbonation. Beautiful foretaste from the hops with the complex and light floral and fruity notes in the aroma. Solid mid-taste with malts balanced with bitterness. However the finish is a bit soft for a beer like this: the hoppy bitterness that shows such promise earlier does not deliver a long bitter finish. Overall a nice IPA: lovely flavour and nose, but room for improvement in the finish.
Rated: saturday, december 24, 2011
Edited Feb 2012 for changes to availability
beer-yum (1211) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tropical aroma in an amber pour. Light, crisp, clean body with a restrained bitter finish. But nothing special.
Bygers (1135) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 27, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 0,33l. Pours a dark golden colour with a white head. Aroma of citrus. Taste of citrus and fruit with low bitterness and slight honey in the after taste.
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jonnyguns (1104) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 2, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours golden with disappearing white head. Aroma is a lil bland. Taste isn't much better slight citrus backing and quite spritzy. Average beer at best
madquacker (1096) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - SEP 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A nice APA. Lots of good floaters and an orange hue. Cirus notes. A good example of the style.
ComradeK (1086) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle. Pours a clear golden amber, with a smallish white head, which lasts fairly well, leaving some lace. A strong, sweet aroma of honeydew melon is the dominant note on the nose, but it mingles with strong pine resin hops, a touch of pineapple and a tiny hint of caramel malt to create an extremely appealing aroma. Strong lime and tropical fruit hop flavours abound initially, with a trace of sweet mango leading through into a body which blends prickling pine hops with some smoother malt characteristics. A smooth, fruity finish has some caramel, more tropical fruit and some biting, peppery hops. Another really quality beer from Murray’s: a strong, hoppy APA with so much more going for it than the horde of various pale ales out there.
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - APR 17, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a light golden straw with some hazing. Large billowy white head falls away relatively quickly. Flavours are quite subdued. Some citrus, biscuity malt a little yeast and very faint chlorine. Not to the point of being offensive but definately there. Flavours are pretty straight foward and not overly memorable to be honest. Some grain and the lightest resiny hop finish. OK
Cantabrian (971) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very pleasant, easy to drink. Grassy bitter, it could be a bit fruitier with the NZ hops, but still one of the best Aussie pale ales.