Brewed by Purrumbete Brewing
Style: Amber Ale
Alfredton, Ballarat, VIC, Australia


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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 2.87/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.87/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
A full flavoured ale, copper coloured with rich malt flavours.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
vanvenlo (1681) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - APR 17, 2006
14 Mar 2006 - Quite a sweet rich fruit malt aroma with some hoppiness. Cloudy ruby-brown colour, good head and reasonable lacing. Starts with a nice fruity malt spiced hop flavour but....a tangy bitterness gives way to a strange hoppy aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2009
Bottle. Pours reddish brown with a small beige head. Not much going on and rather one dimensional in character. Lightly toasted malt, citrusy hops and a tangy metallic note that hangs around til the finish. Iím not a big fan of the style but I know this one is less than inspiring.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
KeefOz (1464) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - JUL 21, 2012
Poured a semi-opaque deep amber colour with a white foamy head that held a while and laced well. High carbonation - lots of bubble trails but these dropped off such that by half way through there were virtually none. Aroma faintly malt but nothing dominating. Taste trace malts, making it a bit sweet. Medium to thin body. Mouthfeel light, smooth and pleasant. Short soft finish. Bit different from other amber ales.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
highlandlad (1463) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAR 27, 2007
A fair example of an uninspiring style. I find amber ales generally too sweet and one-dimensional. This Victorian amber deserves credit for ticking all of the style boxes but thereís not enough here to warrant a return visit. This looked good - scuffed bronze with an extravagant whipped cream head. The sticky-sweet aroma is all malt and sugars: butterscotch, fresh-varnished wood, grated ginger and a whiff of port-like alcohol. The soft, natural carbonation verged on underdone here - bit lifeless in the mouth but I hesitate to deduct many marks because bottle conditioning is infinitely preferable to the alternatives. Toffee-like crystal malt dominates over tropical cordial fruitiness. Itís a very smooth customer, as so many examples of this style are. The finish is enlivened by some late clove but the hop presence is restrained. The spicy finish began to cloy towards the end of the bottle, as did the crystal malt. (330ml bottle from Cloudwine Cellars, Melbourne)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Maris (1339) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - APR 19, 2013
From a 330ml bottle on 20/4/2013. Pours a cloudy light amber with a very small head. Has a slightly odd basement aroma. The flavour features some muted sweet fruit and some light bready and nutty malt. Little bitterness presents, and the carbonation and body are medium. A bit a nothing beer really and quite disappointing. Red Duck have much better offerings.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
floydian1 (1318) - FNQ, Australia, - DEC 28, 2014
330ml bottle at home. Copper coloured with a loose transient off-white head. There is a trace of smokiness on the nose and palate which, along with the earthy hops and a nutty caramel malt bill, raises this beer above most other amber ales. Nice one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pyobon (1265) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2016
(Bottle) Clear mid brown, tiniest off-white head. Subtle aroma - hint of nuts. Light body with rather fizzy carbonation. Pleasant taste - nuts and caramel, notes of seaweed and candy / bubblegum. Pleasant enough, not special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2007
Malty nose with some caramel. Pours cloudy with a tan head. The flavour is sweet malt with underpinning astringency that really takes away from the beer, giving the impression of a young and somewhat amateurish ale. Some good points, but needs work.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
madquacker (1099) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - JAN 27, 2008
Reddish hue with a fast disappearing head. Bit boring and sweet for my liking. Lots of malt, caramel and toffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 28, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2006 Orangey-amber, clear, nice foamy yellow head. Lean, toasty, fudgy malt aroma with mango, pineapple, faint phenolics, sultanas, some toffee-ish crystal and butterscotch and a slightly stewed note. There really is quite a lot going on there, but itís tough to pick individual elements (which I suppose is a good thing.) Quite a lean and dry mouthfeel, with a bit too much fizz. Fleeting juicy malt at the start, then a big, toasty, dry, rasping, malt (amber malt?) character. A bit phenolic again. Not much hop at any juncture but quite a roasty finish. Some numbing alcohol right at the end. An interesting beer - I like how theyíve got away from the big, sweet, crystal malt way most do this style, and itís certainly fascinating to drink, but ultimately itís not the kind of thing Iíd really want to grab a six-pack of.
RR: Forget what I said above. I think itís too sweet now, purely by virtue of the complete absence of hop. Phenolic and overcarbonated. Cascadeís amber is better, sadly. You know, I really wanted to like this brewery, but I just canít get into their stuff.

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