bozoNZ (715) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 31, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2010 Tap at the Redoak. Copper bronze, nice full firm head. Big fuggles nose. Brassy, grassy & resinous, sweet & full mouthtfeel. For a hop-head like myself I love this. Bravo...
Re-rated 8/1/10 (bottle). Very classy. Oozes goodness. Sweet, subtle and sophisticated - best beer of the year so far!
davidm (1798) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 6, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Delicious and strong. Aromas of grass, fruit, and caramel. Flavour is long-lasting, sweet start with a bitter ending. Silky in the palate, and medium body. Orange in colour, with a creamy lasting head.
strings (377) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 21, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Redoak. I have a poor memory for such things, but possibly the best IPA Iíve had. One of those styles Iíve always wanted to like, but quite often the balance is just off, and the aftertaste unpleasant. This one just seems to have the weighty punch needed at first sip, which instead of dying away suddenly, really lasts all the way to the finish, taking an even trajectory on its trip. Huge black bitterness is right... couldnít have put it better myself marketing men.
bluevegie (3009) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 22, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
As much as I liked the baltic porter this one was the pick of the day. Good head, body and lacing. Quite enjoyed this aroma - fruity hops - roses to Jenny. Taste is well balanced , medium bitterness with good malts in the background and a touch of sweetness on the finish.
Oakes (10941) - Savusavu, FIJI ISLANDS - JUN 11, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy amber colour. Piney, minty, grapefruity hop nose. Moderate bitterness is herbal and earthy. Dry, woody finish. Thereís balancing caramel throughout. A well-structured, highly drinkable brew.
hawthorne00 (1888) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap, a bit too cold at RedOak. Orangeish amber, small light beige head. Very hoppy nose - floral, with pine and spice, darkish toffee - smells fabulous. Taste has very moderate sweetness - itís pretty dry, despite deep toffee. Nectarines, kumquats, mild hard spices. Just a _little_ window cleanerish. Nice balance, but genuinely highly hopped in both aroma and bitterness. Traditional but bold.
Sully (1378) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - AUG 31, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I really really wanted this to be my new favourite beer. One that I could turn to when I felt like giving myself a big treat every now and then. Well, it falls short of that but it is still a very good beer nevertheless. It has a fine look in the glass with a clean coppery hue and creamy head. The evidence of a high hopping rate is seen in the delicate lacing in the glass via the sappy viscosity of the hops. The nose is toffee and sweet nuttiness that is rounded out by the hop aroma. This is certainly a distinctive flavour that sets it apart from some of the US style IPAs as there is none of the pine needle flavour that other types of hop impart. Rather there is a soft fruitiness backed up by the marmalade flavour idenfied by the previous reviewer. As always, this beer has to be cradled for a fair while to warm it up to a point where the significant character of the beer can be appreciated. As it warms the palate seems to become thicker in mouthfeel which succeeds in giving a pleasing character to a well produced beer. I would be happy to partake of a session of tthis beer.
NoiZe (2325) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JUN 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this one during my holiday in Australia april/may 2009. Red colored brew. Citric, lemon, hoppy aroma. Floral, hoppy flavor. Lemon, aftertaste hoppy. Bitterness is longlasting.
SorenE (168) - , NEW ZEALAND - MAY 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had a lovely couple of sessions at the Red Oak in Sydney. Unfortunately I lost my notes but I can report that all the beers I tried were perfect examples of their respective style. The aroma, flavour, mouthfeel, malt and hoppyness is exactly what you would imagine from reading standard guidelines. Very well crafted and very tasty, but a bit to predictable to be outstanding.
This was really good, fresh and zingy.
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 11, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Redoak: My good mate Kristian and I were the first in the door - before they had actually opened in fact - such was our thirst this day. Warm sun, a bit of walking, and previous readings of the ratings for this one prompted me to go for it first, and it didnít dissapoint. Darkish copper with a slight haze, and a thick off-white head. Like all Redoak beers it looks excellent. As always, Redoakís annoyingly icy serving temperatures meant some of the aroma was masked initially. As it warmed a very pleasant mix of floral and fruit aromas developed, followed by some grainy crystal sweetness. Nice! Tangy hop flavours dominate the palate to begin. Thereís no mistaking the attempted style, and it is done quite nicely. I found that this was exceptionally balanced by a soothing crystal sweetness, while late palate some sweet herbs and apricot notes emerged fading to a lingering resinous herbal bitterness. Very nice and very well done.