bmeup (488) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - NOV 18, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great looking beer! Hazy golden with a thick white lacing head that lasts. Aroma of caramel, spice and tropical fruits. Lots of flavour of citrus and a long lasting bitter finish. This could nock LCPA of its perch! An excellent Pale Ale.
davidm (1871) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 18, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 330ml from Parkhill cellars. Great beer, very well balanced. Aromas of passionfruit, caramel, and grass. Taste is sweet and bitter, with long length. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Amber, cloudy, with a thin head.
ALLOVATE (2225) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 21, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yeast on in it poured a hazy, dull sandy orange with very, very fine carbonation. Big rocky white crown dwindles back a little to leave a thick web of lace. There is a lot going on in the aroma. Resinous, spicy, herbaceous and piney nose with licks of biscuity malt, peach, guava and blood orange, very nice indeed. First sip brings a mountain of flavour to the palate and gets the tastebuds all tingling. Drawn out sweetness of ripe citrus fruits, quite tangy and all piercing. Good, firm, meaty body with just enough spritz to give it bounce, the tail end being smooth, resinous and oily. Biscuity malt, fresh cracked toasted grain fill it out and tie in well. Herbaceous, slightly floral hops slip up into the olfactories on the swallow which is surprisingly tamer than expected. End is dry, not too much sticks around between sips. A hint of fruit bubblegum builds. This is pure evil. I could just keep drinking this, I can’t really fault it. Easily one of Oz’s best Pale ales! (33cL, BB 14/09/12, Dan Murphy’s Currambine)
GoufCustom (420) - 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!
ComradeK (860) - Blue Mountains, 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.
Brenhophead (473) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 28, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2012 I’m not sure whether they have tweaked the nirvana pale ale recipe or just relabeled the bottle (seems to be more hops aroma and flavour IMO). Alas i digress this is a classic aussie/us pale ale with a nice citrus + spicy aroma that is absolutely wonderful. The citrus/spicy favour does not disappoint and really backs the aroma up with a nice added malt character. This is a champion Aussie beer and i could drink it all night.. its a regular in my fridge cheers Murray...
Maris (855) - 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.
Pyobon (799) - 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
theodorereg (18) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rustic sweetness with a nice bitter tang. Dark yellow colour and a thin head.
Not bland, not ordinary in taste, worth a try.
Niksko (207) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice golden color, with lots of bubbles and a one finger white head that fades quickly. Aroma is great! Bright citrus, peach, a bit of grass, a touch of malt sweetness and just a hint of spicyness. Taste is lightly bitter on the attack, some sweet malts, a spicy character and a bit of melon on the mid palate, and then a really complex finish. The finish has a definite grapefruit bitterness, which is followed by some lovely biscuity notes, and then changes again back to a more resinous bitterness. A really excellent pale ale with great complexity.