Jimthechap (1918) - Christchurch, - OCT 21, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly hazy rich amber colour with a persistent white collar of head. Poured way too cold off gas-flow (when will people disregard traditional public ideals for serving temperature?). From what I was able to garner about the aroma there was orange blossom, caramel and golden syrup. In fact the aromas tend along two directions: floral and malty. This isn’t bad, in fact it is quite charming.
The flavour is fresh, keen and of tart juicy fruits and flowers. A real summery ale to taste with a concomitant light body. There is a good twinge of astringent bitterness which seems to carry to a puckering finish.
Earplay (36) - NEW ZEALAND - OCT 8, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours nice clear reddy brown with tan head. Aroma is citrusy, hints of caramel and smoke. Taste is caramel, grapefruit, some dark sugar, hint of licorice. Bitterness is moderately high. Medium body, light carbonation. Overall full flavoured amber ale, possibly a little heavy and high abv for a session ale but well worth a try.
mkel07 (3964) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Archive Beer Boutique September 2013. Nice full bodied Amber ale with nutty and biscuit malt aroma. Just the slightest hint of sweetness in the flavour. Sits in the mouth well.
waiake (327) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
deep murky golden brown with an enduring head, the aroma is malty roasted spicey citrus, similar flavours combine really well, finishing with an ideal tasty bitter hoppyness
Bootlegger007 (92) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of roasted malts, copper-red creamy large head which settled and lasted, hoppy and malty flavous of caramel and grass with a mild bitter aftertaste, medium body smooth easy drinking ale, very good.
Muggus69 (1390) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - SEP 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330mL bottle BB 16/02/14
Reddish amber body, slight haze, big off-white foam.
Good nose to it; biscuity, toffee, nutty malts with unripe tropical fruits, melons, resiny leaves and pepper hop character.
Full body, moderate carbonation, slightly oily texture.
Delivers a solid dose of nutty, biscuity malt paired well with plenty of spicy, leafy green fruit hops. Firm bitterness on dry finish.
Nice NZ style Amber
donniemillan (73) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It really tastes more like an IPA to me, maybe let it warm in your hand for a while to let the malt flavours come through.
Niksko (422) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 22, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark red with some beige, fine head. Nose is grapefruit peel, pineapple, grass, slight toffee. Flavor is quite hop forward. Lots of grapefruit peel, pine resin, bit of passionfruit, toffee, bread. Finish is lots of bitter grapefruit, slight sweetness. Carbonation is a touch on the low side, but I think it works well with the medium to heavy body. Not bad.
RafeAU (298) - Kingston, AUSTRALIA - AUG 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice amber ale. Strong hop flavours getting into IPA territory. Tasting at Plonk.
Mattress63 (68) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Zesty Edibles. Poured a nice creamy head and a deep red almost dark amber colour. Quite malty but not overwhelming with tastes of roast coffee and a nice bitter finish on the palate. Sadly I didn’t find this overly hoppy, but still nice all the same. Enjoyed. Good beer.
vinhol (344) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 7, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 mil bottle from Low buy Lilydale caramel aroma deep red on colour with ran head taste is malty caramel with some hop flavour but as the bb date is 16/2/14 the good may be muted