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Sail & Anchor / Karl Strauss The Bloke Red Ale

Formerly brewed at Sail & Anchor Brewery
Style: Amber Ale
Fremantle, Australia


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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.46/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Australia holds a special place in our hearts here at Karl Strauss Brewing Company. After all, while on a trip through Australia it was the Sail & Anchor Hotel that provided the inspiration to start a brewery in San Diego. (...) Medium body with well balanced malt and hop characteristics. Pours a bright red hue in the glass, with lingering hoppy, grapefruit and tangerine aromas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkel07 (5146) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 19, 2014
640ml bottle from Dan Murphy’s 190614. Good solid red in colour. Almost like a scotch ale. Big full mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rosslew (320) - AUSTRALIA - APR 24, 2014
Pours copper with light head but little carbonation. Malty with biscuit, caramel and soil on front of tongue. Possibly caramel. Great mouthfeel. Bit of bitterness on the finish that lingers nicely. Really like this beer as an experience. Glad it came in 640ml bottle. Got Karl Strauss touch. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Illywhacker (12) - - AUG 11, 2014
Resplendent deep amber with a thick but dissipating buttermilk-white head. No huge hops on the nose. Strong and satisfying malt backbone of sweet caramels, light toffee, burnt brown toast, balanced by a subtle hop spiciness. Somewhere in between the citrus and spice of an american hop schedule and softer smoother fuggles or something British. Thick silky mouthfeel. Seems more of an amber than red ale to me but has personality and complexity. Highly recommend.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bmeup (638) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - MAR 12, 2014
@DM’s Great looking clear red ale with quite a thick open head. Earthy, fresh pine, toffee, nutty and hoppy citrus. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
M_Sack (620) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 19, 2014
Bottle. Clear, deep amber/mahogany with thick, frothy cream head and heavy lacing. Citrus and floral hop aromas with a malt background. Big grapefruit and orange hop flavours, with a smooth, roasted malt mud palate and long, medium bitter finish. Nice beer. Very bitter for an amber ale. Indian red ale?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ShaneJ (822) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 3, 2014
Bottle from Dan Murphy’s (April 2014). Copper-red, creamy off-white head, rich caramel/toffee aroma, lots of sweet toffee, citrus, resinous, piney hops, smooth texture, medium bitterness, a well balanced, easy drinking amber. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
StevieT (1601) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 22, 2014
From a bottle. Pours a clear red/brown, off white head, balanced hop and malt aroma, typical red ale flavours. A very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyobon (1293) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 1, 2014
(Bottle) Clear deep reddish amber with decent tight off-white head. Nice aroma, mainly citrus with slight hints of pine and biscuit. Medium body with good carbonation. Great taste, than transforms significantly sweet toffee start to a nice bitter finish. The start has a fair amount of complexity with citrus, candy and cough medicine notes. This mellows nicely and then a good hoppy bitterness steadily grows for a nice sustained bitter finish. Generally I am not a fan of this style of beer, but was pleasantly surprised by this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fletchfighters (1404) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 10, 2014
640 ML bomber Dark ruby with some orange highlights. Light tan head. Great appearance and body to head. Slowly recedes to a thick foam and leaves a thick soap like residue. Nose is malty at first. Earth, toffee, wood, and some dark cherry notes. Once warmed up get more citrus notes and more along the line that it was hopped pretty well. Taste is more like a fruit cake really at first. Some wood, cherry, orange peel, raisin and a lot of toffee. Pungent, dank, then just plain aggressive orange and grapefruit finish it off. Bitterness just climbs as the beer gets warmer and the malt character is more enveloped by the hops/ Full bodied for 6%. Almost chewy in some ways, medium carbonated. Nice beer that changes and develops well as I drank on. Good stuff

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maris (1382) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - APR 22, 2014
From a 640ml bottle on 22/4/2014. Pours a clear amber with a falrly big head. The aroma features a touch of light fruit and sweet malt. Taste wise, it’s more substantial, with sweet biscuity and caramel malt, raisins, tangerines, figs and just a hint of cherry, followed by some pretty firm hops. The palate tends towards creamy and the carbonation is average. All up, a pretty good amber ale.

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