thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 29, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Definitely the top midstrength brew around. Not nearly as much body/caramel flavors as I expected from the amber ale. Looks like they got the carbonation under control for my batch. Good strong fruity flavors, again I got some sort of grapey flavor (I think my taster might be broken) Lightly bittered witha pretty clean, dry finish.
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 8, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Clear mahogany brown with a sizeable tan head that gave some lacing. The strong aroma is akin to the Pale Ale, with that floral hops, citrus and pepper mix. Contrary to the aroma, the flavour is a bit thin, with the aromas in the mouth overpowering the light bitterness. For me I think too much late hops not enough early. Possibly this is because it’s expected to be drunk at the usual 2 degrees - that is probably why it slid down so well at the brew-pub last year. The weak body is typical for a mid-strength beer, but it’s a pretty good drop - especially if you’re planning on driving.
DrunkenCumquat (86) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. Great fruity aroma and taste, mixed in with some nice roasted malt notes. Good head that stays pretty frothy through the whole glass, providing a good finish. Doesn’t taste too watery given the low alcohol content. A damn fine job, one of my favourites!
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 23, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Delightful citrussy aroma (very similar to the apa), with a dissipating off white head and good lacing. Looks a brilliant clear amber in the glass. Great hop character in the first mouthfull, some caramel malt but lacking body as one would expect from midstrength. As with the apa, this beer is based around the hops. A great quaffer, and an excellent mid strength.
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle 33 cl) Neat, dark amber with a fine, beige head. High carbonation - way too high - the beer tries to escape the bottle as soon as the cap is removed. Lovely nose full of nuts and aroma hops. Light nutty notes in the flavour also, together with some roasted malt. But the body is thin and watery and completely lacks potency. Most likely an excellent session bear - if you can cope with the carbonation. 150805
hefevice (72) - Brisbane beer desert, AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. This is an interesting beer. Mid range ABV, but huge flavour. Dark amber almost brown out of the bottle, which doesn’t seem to gel with the style. About a finger of white slightly creamy head which left behind a little lacing. Flowery hops are quite obvious in the aroma on top of a malty base with hints of orange peel. As indicated above, no shortage of flavour for a mid strength beer, a very nice balance between the sweetness of the malts and slight bitter finish of the hops, also with a pleasant toastiness in the finish and aftertaste to add to the balance. A little watery on the palate. Would make an excellent session beer, you could easily drink this stuff all day. Overall a pleasant surprise and worthy little brother to the famous Pale Ale.
Ungstrup (29828) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
An amber beer with a small beige head. The aroma is lovely hoppy combined with notes of caramel - it reminds me of an IPA. The flavor is dry and boring compared to the aroma - it contains notes of brewmash, hints of caramel, and a dry hoppyness. It lacks power in the flavor.
madsberg (10457) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled: Amber coloured. Clear. Light brown head. Aroma of caramel, brown sugar and fruit. Flavour is a little more vague. Grassy, flat and malty. Is medium bodied. Light fruity bitterness in the end.
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber colored, small tan head. Malty aroma with toffee and hop present. Sweet and quite full. Mostly sweet malty and caramelly flavor with notes of orange. Pretty ordinary, but easy drinkable and a good taste.
DuffMan (7025) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 24, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Terrific midstrength brew! Brown toffee coloured, clear, with a medium head. Fruity, hoppy, toffee aromas. Balanced palate with good flavour and a solid finish make this my second favourite midstrength beer, after Grand Ridge’s Moonlight.