floydian1 (1355) - FNQ, Australia, - JAN 25, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
It’s not advertised on their beer menu but there is currently a hand pump dispensing a 2013 version of this beer at Redoak. This version is served at room temperature and pours amber brown with a small white head. The nose and taste is smooth caramel malts with a satisfactory English hop bitterness. It certainly goes down easily and feels lighter than the stated ABV.
MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - MAR 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2008 RE-RATE: Hand pulled from cask at the Redoak. Arrived muddy golden orange with a creamy white head which lasted superbly, leaving rings of lace. A hoppy aroma with strong notes of English style marmalade, milky caramel, nuts, nectarines, apricots and some gooseberries. Thank god this is served at room temp, so its good to drink straight away. Flavor was well is somewhat similar to the aroma with caramel malts a mild hoppy bitterness, nectarines, apricots, marmalade, light woody notes, some butterscotch and a dry nutty finish. Medium bodied with still carbonation, a dry/hoppy/creamy mouthfeel, watery texture and a good finish. Massively sessionable could properly drink this all day and still want more
eczematic (1325) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - FEB 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pumped out through a sparkler, disappointingly. after the bardude had filled my glass up with froth, he tried to finish it off with the nozzle all the way inside the beer reschs style until the froth poured over the sides and was scraped off the top like a heineken in holland. i guess this place has only just got the punters used to serving beer with more than a 1cm head and doesn’t want to confuse them now. but i think more of the hops in the nose of this fine ale would have made it into the flavour if it were served by gravity dispense rather than sparkler. Served at the appropriate temp though - what a relief to have a 12C beer, especially compared to the usual Redoak Organic Pale Ale Extra Cold. The colour is a clear warm gold, with no red. Big dryhopped styrian nose with some authentic fruity flowery yeast smells that you only get from cask beer. Nice dry pale malt in body, with some spicy hops and plenty of pawpaw yeast roundness. Light and watery in a good way. Balanced, gentle bitterness to finish. This dry, hoppy pale style of bitter reminded me a lot of the Galbraiths ordinary bitter, and of Landlord too, although it’s not in that league yet. I’ll be back for more of this stuff. better than the cask bitters at wignpen - we don’t have to go to canberra for this stuff anymore.
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask (handpump) at Redoak: I had been waiting for these guys to try a cask conditioned beer. However, for some reason when I heard of this one coming on, I was not in a hurry to try it. Why, I can’t really say. Maybe it was a reticence to be dissapointed by blandness or ice-cold serving temps. In any case, as the early heatwaves of spring rolled around I felt drawn to give this a shot, and, at least as a cask starved Aussie, it doesn’t dissapoint.
Slightly hazy orange gold with a whopping great vintage white head that stuck around till the end. The nose, soft and alluring, spoke of fresh honeyed orange rind, orange blossom, and some other lovely nameless flowers. There was a little soap in there too, but not enough to detract. In the mouth, mmmmm.... beautiful soft orange sweetness, some tonal light crystal malts, again a little soap, but really this is all about gentle floral and orange melodies with honey notes chiming in every now and then. My only critical addition would be that this was just the slightest touch too watery. But I think it says it all that I simply wanted to keep immersing myself in this beers dreamlike aromas and flavours. Brilliantly simple and lovely.
Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - MAY 28, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2007 Is this the first cask conditioned ale that is dispensed in the approriate way in the country? Wow, what a question. When you think about the thousands of beers like this in the old country you can be excused for waxing lyrical about a beer that would cause most of our English colleagues to shrug their shoulders and ask ’next’. It was good to first see how the young lass behind the bar will be devloping her musculature in the ensuing first and third Mondays of the month because it is a real struggle compared to pouring the odd beer from the carbo tap. This beer engine really seems to suck up the amber fluid from deep below the bowels of the pub. And a fine amber it is too wih the creamy nitrogenation expected. Another delight is that the beer is served at correct cellar temperature, no need to do the usual at this pub and call in a dressing gown, slippers and a 3 bar radiator to warm this beer up. Good supping temperature I would say. There is a degree of subtle sweetness here with a light citrus maltiness. The hop explosion on the back palate is well received and a welcome change to most of the bikkie cutter beers. This is a welcome beer because of its offering of something different in the local market. Once again more power to you Redoak, with the only problem once again being the economies of scale as it won’t really be a session beer at $10 a pint.
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2006 Poured, or should that be pumped, a clear orange amber hue with a pinkish tint. Nice thick creamy head that lasted and lasted. Lots of hoppy fruit on the aroma, which is a very pleasant surprise because virtually all of Redoak’s beers are dominate by malt. On tasting this fruitiness manifested itself as something that reminded me of orange flavoured boiled lollies. Pleasant mild flavour, with some bitterness that is quite stealthy and hits at the finish, providing a nice substitute for the absence of carbonation. Lots of piney hops is the dominating characteristic of this lip-smacking cask ale, providing satisfaction all the way to the bottom of the glass. Re-rate: Less impressed with this second time around. Very bland on tasting, not much of the bitterness that seemed to pep it up the other time I had it. Maybe it’s deteriorating?? I’ll leave the rate as is though.
highlandlad (1470) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The latest addition to the Sydney brewpub’s line-up is a cask-conditioned English-style hand-pumped ale. At time of writing, a new cask is cracked on the first and third Monday of each month and offered until the cask runs dry. It may be a fleeting novelty but the fact they have gone to the trouble of installing a hand-pump implies otherwise. So far as I know this is the only Australian brewpub offering a cask conditioned hand pumped pint, so kudos to Dave Hollyoak once again. It was such a treat to sample a live ale that I can’t guarantee a true perspective on this. It looks great: a cloudy gold with a prodigious creamy cask conditioned head that simply wouldn’t settle. It lasted most of the way to the foot of the pint. The beer seems to be served a few degrees warmer than the standard Redoak temp but still a fraction cool for the style. The aroma is all fruity esters - like a lime and pineapple icepole underpinned by classic chewy English ale malts. In style, I’d say this was similar to an English summer ale, which makes sense in the Australian climate. This is an easy quaffing pint, a bit soapy with a Cremola Foam mouthfeel. The fruitiness shows itself in the flavour as a kind of boiled lolly pineapple-oranges-and-lemons mix with some bath grout and tartness in the swallow. A fascinating experiment. (Draught at brewpub)