Jado (614) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - MAR 2, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Beautiful clear brick red with some lighter cherry red highlights, fluffy off-white head and moderate carbonation. Aromas of toffee, flowers, cut grass and candy sugar. The taste starts out with biscuit malts, before a moderate bitterness in the mid-palate. A fruity back end is highlighted by a light floral touch and a lingering finish. Balanced and moreish. Nice beer.
Mattress63 (68) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle from the brewery. Pours a lovely deep coppery colour with nice head. Very nice malty taste with traces of toffee and caramel that lingers nicely on the palate. A very good ESB. Very nice beer.
KeefOz (1056) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - SEP 12, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured a semi-translucent deep coppery red colour with a one-finger beige bubbly head that produced filmy lacing. Moderate to high carbonation. Aroma of malts and fruity hops. Taste quite intensly hops driven. Medium body. Smooth on palate. Dry velvety mouthfeel. Quite nice.
davidm (1978) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 14, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Archive, Brisbane. Delicious, malty ale. Aromas of caramel, grain, and marmelade. Taste is sweet, with light sourness, and long length. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Amber, with a frothy head.
mkel07 (3961) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle. A deep ruby bronzed copper colour with a moderate light brown head. Malty biscuit aroma with some sweet caramel notes breaking through. Malty syrupy flavour that sits on the tongue. Toffee comes through late but adds to the flavour. A pleasant experience.
Muggus69 (1390) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - OCT 16, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, Archive Beer, Brisbane
Deep bronzed body with minimal head.
Nice nose with plenty of fruity, citrus grassy hops and obvious signs of crystal malts and spice.
Slick texture and dryness, no doubt contributed in part by rye, good carbonation and full body.
Body packed full of enough hop fruit to keep interest up, but what i’m really looking for is rye, which is probably a bit subdued for my likes, though it’s presence is best felt on a drying spicy finish. Hop bitterness hits its mark well, balancing the malt sweetness.
Tasty. Glad to see someone making a different sort of pale ale/bitter, though the rye could be more prominant.
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - APR 22, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap.Lovely dark pour,. Nose Is banana and a bit spicy. Disappointing in the mouth - not much going on. A bit fruity and maybe a bit infected. Not an ESB. More like a weak weizenbock. Definitely not hoppy as stated. After drinking Mikkeller Tomahawk this tasted like competent homebrew.
kenbeer (46) - , AUSTRALIA - OCT 9, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted on a recent visit (having been meaning to visit for a long time).
Beatiful aroma full of rich malt and fruity hops.
Big smooth palate with decent bitterness.
Lovely and very interesting beer, a very strong improvement for this brewery.
winkle (476) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the brewery: Scored this at the beer launch. I’d been waiting with interest to see just what a rye ESB would turn-out like and was rewarded with this. Deep ruby colour with a creamy medium head, soft carbonation. Rich malt tones generally mask the hoppy aroma but it is there in the background. Very smooth mouthfeel with a lovely malt/caramel flavour. When asked to guess the IBU,s I suggested 40 as the upper limit - gives you an idea of the maltinss, finish is quite clean but bitter. Overall well balanced + tasty beer - well worth a visit, this place is making some very interesting beers now and should be encouraged.