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Brewed by Red Hill Brewery
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Red Hill, VIC, Australia
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.4/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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The brewers were knee deep in our hops for this special brew, using hops just harvested from our own vines which were then steeped in the vat of beer for months, this English style bitter has a real smack of hops to it, balanced by a luscious maltiness and strength of 6%.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 18, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2008 Enters the glass a deep amber colour that is rather murky and sports a somewhat large collar of foam. Aromas are quite bold, with tropical fruit notes emerging supported by some spicy floral hops. Palate distinguishes significant peach and apricot flavours with crystal malt hinitng at sweetened caramel, resiny hop bitterness supporting and rounding out the finish.

1.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Lunkie (1392) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 27, 2008
Mango malt aroma. Clear red amber colour with poor head and lacing. Sour malt flavour with very bitter aftertaste. Flat palate.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluevegie (3049) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 11, 2007
Large off-white head on top of a murky, dark honey brown coloured body. Big hoppy aroma with lovely bitterness in the taste, plenty of hop characters coming through and backed well with the malts. Quite a good beer although I couldn’t drink a lot at once.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dredd (686) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - SEP 8, 2007
Great beer, enourmous white head that lingers with a murkey brown body. Mainly hoppy/floral notes to the aroma, but the flavour in this one is the main turn on. Delicious balance of bitterness, malt and alcohol. The main upfront flavours seem to be a slight breadiness/stonefruit before the hops kick in with some pleasent bitterness that finishes quite long with the darker toffee notes in the malt coming though. Very pleasent, not too in your face like a Beast IPA and it is good to see that the alcohol was kept in check. too much more and it would certainly off balance. Best yet from Red Hill.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2007
Pours murky amber with a huge foamy head. Aroma is fantastic and unexpected. Huuge floral hops, yeast, tropical esters, earthy malts and a slight toffee too. Magnificent feel in the mouth, soft smooth carbonation, light sweetness balanced out by some pleasant bitterness. Fresh flavours of crystal malts, resiny hops, lots more fruity esters and nuttiness. Its way more Belgian than English in my opinion, bit still very hard to define. The finish is light and hoppy, very smooth, surprisingly a touch dry and extremely drinkable. What a beer! hats off to Red Hill

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 30, 2007
Surprised to see I haven’t rated this already - I really liked last year’s version. This sample was from a fresh 2007 bottle, and was in very good condition. Rich copper colour with an excellent foamy head. Distinct artificial peach aroma with floral, perfumey (shampoo?) esters, sweet fruity malt and dusty spices like some kind of brown Belgian beer or something. Lovely aroma, but you’ll notice that I didn’t mention any hop aroma. Weird. More sweet, peachy malt flavour with a rather late developing, tangy, firm hop flavour which plays beautifully with the sweetness and fruit. The finish is a bit rough and even moderately astringent. Really fresh, fruity and fun stuff, just jumping with flavour. This is one beer that carries its sweetness very well. More local breweries need to brew gutsy stuff like this.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vanvenlo (1191) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 30, 2007
19 Jul 2006 - (Victorian Microbrewer’s Showcase) - Sweet light fruit with a hint of sour spice. Light cloudy, brown-amber colour, ordinary head and suds lacing. Weird hop and light fruit malt flavour. Bitter big hop finish but a bit thin.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 12, 2006
Deep bronze-copper colour with cream head. Aroma is initially very fruity then hop laden. Citric hoppy taste which turned a bit too sour. Just ok.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stew41 (1724) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - JUN 14, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2010 2006 Vintage (3.7 tasted June 2006)
: Darkish caramel with a thin head, doesn’t prepare the drinker for the bouquet or flavour. Big lifted nose of herbal hops, nettles, fresh. Very good. Excellent translation to the mouth, more hop driven herbal notes, cut grass, sharp and right yet never excessively bitter or astringent. Best Oz beer I’ve had for a while

2007 Vintage (3.6 tasted August 2009)
Consistent with much of the previous notes. Obvious exception is the massive head upon pouring and perhaps a slightly toned down hop impact. Still very smooth and well integrated.

2010 Vintage (3.5 tasted May 2010)
Seems a bit off game on this tasting. Massive head as per the 2007 and the fresh, powerful ale notes come throughwell aroma-wise, but the palate seems under-powered compared to previous tastings. As always the hop cut is really attractive but a surprising lack of drive throught the palate.


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