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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%.


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 havenít rated this already - I really liked last yearís 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 youíll notice that I didnít 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 24, 2010
UPDATED: APR 25, 2012 On tap at the terminus. Nice and malty. Aromas of nuts, and caramel. Taste has a sweet start, with bitter notes, and average length. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Brown, with a frothy head.

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

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dredd (687) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluevegie (3052) - 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 couldnít drink a lot at once.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawthorne00 (2375) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 6, 2010
UPDATED: APR 23, 2014 [4/10] Tap at brewery. Dirtyish copper with a thick cream head. Aroma of flowers, grass and a little citrus with deep malts behind. Taste is layered dark malty sweetness with firm bitterness. Finish has volatile aromatic bitterness and some alcohol. I would have thought this an English Strong Ale without the benefit of the list at the bar - itís full of robust flavours and feels boozier than 6%. This is a hoppy beer, but as ever with Red Hill they donít get silly with the hops: the malt side is plenty big enough to handle the aromatics and the bitterness.

[rerate: leaving score unchanged, just a bottle note] Bottle. Clear copper, nicely-lacing light beige head. Aroma of grass and caramel. Nice complex malt sweetness with decent balancing bitterness. Good, but a lot less vibrant than on tap.

Cask at Red Hill. Swan neck and sparkler. Certainly looked great and had a creamy mouthfeel, but the hops popped rather less.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LesArgen (197) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 17, 2012
Thereís a lovely malty, doughy aroma to this, followed by some subtle tropical fruit and finished off with the slightest hint of lemon zest. On the tongue, thereís honey and a slight taste of chocolate. The finish is lemon and mint with a burnt toast taste, but thatís a better mix than youíd think. A nice, full-bodied ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
M_Sack (352) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 25, 2013
Hop Harvest Ale 6.0% special autumn release. Hand pumped, creating a flat beer with a really creamy, hoppy head with plenty of malt to finish the beer-esb style. Fantastic beer on tap at the brewery but rated out of the bottle for this score ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkel07 (3142) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 13, 2010
330ml bottle. Rich deep dark copper colour with a thick creamy foam head that sits nicely on top and lasts. Nutty caramel aroma gives an indication of what is to follow in the taste. Smooth, mellow and pleasant on the palate. Very drinkable, tasty and moreish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 26, 2010
Bottle. Pours a deep ressish brown. Smallish light tan coloured head with no real lacing. Nice looking beer. Aromas show heaps of dark fruit, sweet caramel and alcohol. Not much in the way of hops coming through. Flavour wise the beer starts opf super sweet with the dark fruit and grains showing through. Near the finish there is some hop bitterness and a little alcohol burn. Mouthfeel is reasonably full. Nice beer.


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