vanvenlo (1776) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - APR 17, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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. I’m not a big fan of the style but I know this one is less than inspiring.
KeefOz (1537) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - JUL 21, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
highlandlad (1470) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAR 27, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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 there’s 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. It’s 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)
Maris (1384) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - APR 19, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
floydian1 (1355) - FNQ, Australia, - DEC 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Pyobon (1300) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(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.
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2007
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
madquacker (1112) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - JAN 27, 2008
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Reddish hue with a fast disappearing head. Bit boring and sweet for my liking. Lots of malt, caramel and toffee.
TedE (987) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 12, 2015
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml bottle into glass. Malty, lightly smoked nose. Pours with an exuberant off-white head with quickly calms down to soapy film. Beer is hazy copper coloured. Medium body with chalky mouth feel, lightly sweet. Finish is sweet with a little bitterness, increasing to a touch of caramel. Nice.