SilkTork (5068) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
ChrisFest Sweet and beautifully fragrant. Good juice and a playful changing flavour character. Finish is relatively short for the intensity and range of flavours, but bitterness does emerge and it is very pleasing overall. The APA is America’s greatest contribution to the world.
strings (377) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 4, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Bittersweet in a non poetic fashion. Does indeed manage to be both bitter and sweet... these are the two most notable features. Bit of orange zest and honey.
maeib (8294) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled - Chris_O Fest March 07. A golden colourd beer with an off-white bubbly head. The aroma has really good fruity hops. I picked up mandarins and oranges. The taste is quite bitter and fruity. Quite chewy in the mouth. Tasty and well brewed.
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Mes rate:
50cl bottle at Chris O’s extravaganza. Lychee (thanks Duff!), passion fruit and other exotic fruit in what is a really quite nice aroma. Dark golden, slightly hazy colour with a good head and quite lacey. Flavour is similar to the nose but with a little malt showing through and a bitter lemon drying finish. Interesting beer.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Quite a decent APA. The nose is slightly eggy/sulfuric, some nice aromatic hops in there. Some sweetish malts in there, but finish with a nice lightly dry and lightly bitter finish. Quite refreshing.
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - FEB 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The penchant for brewers these days is to produce this style of beer. While some may yawn at the notion of another beer of this sort it is far better than having to put up with the larger breweries trotting out their abysmal offerings of "Premium Lager". The nose here is clean and biscuity with a promise of a malty beer with a balance of citrusy hops. Not to be disappointed we have the expected tang of citrus with a firm bitterness. Good finish and it has that wonderful allure of making you ask for another. Hype is a special thing if it works but based on the few comments of a respected number of collegiate raters from my parts I am looking forward to more offerings from this potentially great brewery.
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a nice amber colour with a transitory head. Initial floral hop aroma is followed by some burnt sugar and a bready malty base that becomes more evident in the aftertaste. Sharp bitterness that works quite well and gives it a bit of a white pepper sort of buzz. Quite pleasant in the mouth, with a good carbonation level and a pleasing and lasting aftertaste. If the beer revolution takes hold in this country it will be due to brewers like this. Viva la revolucion!!
Stew41 (1662) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - FEB 18, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This could well be Australia’s best APA / Pale ale style (yep IMHO better than Little C). Darkish amber in colour with a persistent head, albeit it quite thin in texture. Classy hop treatment evident on the nose, and is underpinned with some nice malt sweetness. Hops again come to the fore to taste; herbal, vegetal, nettles, medium strength bitterness - all happening in a very well balanced and controlled fashion. I don’t pick up much malt character through the palate but the hop action just goes and goes on the finish. Good stuff.
eczematic (1306) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
a very fresh bottle (one month after bottling) from camperdown cellars. nice deep amber (actual amber itself as opposed to "amber ale" amber or traffic lights) and fine head which leaves plenty of stuff on the side of the glass. great mix of bright pink and purple NZ hops and warm light brown bready malt in the nose. flavour has stacks of quality english malt flavour (apparently maris otter) and a bit of rounded crystal malt sweetness, cut through with sharp acidic kiwifruity bitterness (NZ hops showing their usual tang). malt and bitterness lingers on the palate in equal amounts - sign of a well made beer. despite the fruity hops this comes closer to an english bitter than anything. and a good one. i could drink a lot of this stuff.
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 28, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (Sydney Summer Gathering 2007): In contrst to their Sassy Blonde, which was disjointed and harsh, this was a good attempt and a pleasant drinker. Clear amber gold with a nose of fruits, cat litter (sounds worse than it was), some oranges and honey. The palate was somewhat better received with slightly smokey toffees under a nice hop accent in the mid-palate. Sadly it lacked the resiny bitterness that you crave to finish the cycle. Interesting but with some faults.