Skyview (5345) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled from 750 ml bottle and shred by StLWill. Pours a semi-clear copper amber brew with a thick beige head that slowly dissipates to an off-white ring. Aroma of caramel malt, some grapefruit, a hint of tangerine, pine and some peach. Taste is slightly tart and medium bodied with flavors of grapefruit, light caramel, tropical fruit and some spicy resin hops. Finish continues the spiced grapefruit bitterness that lingers after the finish. Nice!
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - JAN 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours copper with a creamy beige head. Nice lacing around the glass. Pleasant aroma of caramel, grapefruit, citrus, passionfruit and pine hops. Awesome flavour of caramel malt and the citrus and fruits are now gracing the tongue as well. Smooth mouthfeel with a lingering dry and hoppy bitter finish. One just isn’t enough. A big beer for sure, this one’s like whoa.
gam (3677) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thin head back to some frothy cover,good carbonation in an an apricot coloured beer,has a good look.Aroma malty,fruit(a good mix)caramel.Flavour tangy,nice bitterness(citric)citric peel,grapefruit,peach,strong flavours,easy going down,this brewery are working wonders.Bitter holds it,s own with other good IPA,s.Finish bitter dry full flavours of hops.
kearnsy (68) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 27, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle enjoyed on its own. Poured deep copper with cream head. Aromas of excessive hops, sweet acids and some sweet malts that blend well. Flavour is much the same, dominated by hops, also fruits. Medium mouthfeel with some bitterness, turning into all bitterness as it heads south over the tongue. Alcohol content hidden well in this big beer, very well balanced, will be buying again!
Dredd (739) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - OCT 24, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can Murrays do no wrong at the moment? This is a great double IPA. Pour is amber, almost copper with beige head. Aroma is fantastic resinous hops with fruit and malt coming through. Flavour is also fantastic, big bold powerful, but not acrid. Front palate is a nice blend of sweet caramel malt and secondary stonefruit flavours. Finish is superb, it is a very long bitter finish of some mouth coating hop resin, quite bitter, but not as over the top as The Beast. Brilliant!!
Muggus69 (1609) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle, 08 vintage. When I heard it was out in stubbies I couldn’t help myself but get a case.
Quite a viscous looking copper body with a small dense off-white head, leaving thick lace on the way down.
Aroma is just huge, resinous hops! Amazing fruity complexities; lychee, rockmelon, passionfruit, unripe nectarine, intense grapefruit, some pine woodiness and earthy leafiness in there and a hint of caramel malt.
Big palate to go along with the nose. Lengthy, sticky feel verging on resiny, low-to-moderate carb, bit gritty bitterness manifests itself early on and won’t let go for a LONG time.
A subtly sweet caramel malt backbone stands in little way to a brutal barrage of robust hop character; hard to focus at first, but unripe stonefruit mixed with intense citrus seems to cover the majority of what I get here. But theres more to it, if you look deep, and arn’t afraid of hops...notes of wood, pine needle, tropical fruits that could possibly pass as pineapple and mango. Delicious, if you haven’t got that impression yet. Finish is immasculatingly bitter and drying, and just keeps going and going, and I wonder where the alcohol bite is?
This certainly isn’t a beer for NON-beer drinkers, infact they made have some sort of stroke...but for hopheads, this is bliss. Certainly tops the list of hop-driven beers downunder...nothing compares...yet.
Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2009 2009 vintage back in 750ml:
Pours slightly hazy orange/copper with a fluffy white head. Nose has a heap of fresh resiny hops with citrus fruit supporting. Palate translates well, malt comes into play a little more. Orange & grapefruit with slightly sweet toffee malt. Finish is long with agressive resiny hop bitterness and sweet malt lingering.Hard to compare to last years but if memory serves this has more orange and sweet malt. Still number one ipa in oz though!
kenbeer (46) - , AUSTRALIA - OCT 9, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer was somewhat of a letdown compared to this breweries other offerings. Aroma was muddied hops and the bitterness seemed harsh rather than strong. I still managed to enjoy it , just not as much as I had hoped to. I will most surely try this again as I appear to be an exception in my rating.
Stew41 (1811) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - OCT 5, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2012 Vintage: 2009
Consumed: Dec 2012
In very good nick for a 3yr old. Slightly pongy fruits on the nose, a little stewed, with plenty of aniseed and bitterness to finish. Strays a little into doppel bock territory with a vegemite component. Faded a little over time.
Consumed: October 2008
Nose is mild and not unlike the 2007 at 12 months of age. Soft passionfruit and some resiny hop action, but again quite mild. Palate is light for the style and against expectations. Hops are certainly stronger to taste and bring a certain thickness to the structure. Fruit and malt sweetness is hard to read; faint for mine but their impact is subdued, in my view, by some reasonably high fizz. Too distracting to get a decent read. I’m wth Chris, couldn’t hurt to try again in mid 2009.
Consumed: October 2008 (3.8)
Another encouraging result from my modest cellaring efforts on this beer. I actually did not try on release but did sock a 750ml away for 12 months. So, no reference point but this beer looks good. Relatively mild for a DIPA across both the nose and palate. Pours with a massive foamy head that takes forever to quit. Nose shows sweet hops and some lower key sweet malts. Hops are quite settled to taste and don’t really bite at all - impact from the aging perhaps? Quite resiny. There’s also a very interesting funky brett-like character (ie dirty wine like) that kicks in the back palate. The intensity backed off late, sapping my confidence that this beer will benefit from any further extended cellaring.
JK (5123) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A rare beer from STLWill, carried on his back all the way from Australia. Big hop aroma. Sweet flavor with more bitter hops, that include pine, tea, and grapefruit. Opaque gold color, and a thick, rocky head. Better than average. Well balanced.