Maris (916) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JUL 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 330ml bottle on 26/7/2013. Pours a slightly cloudy golden with a small head. Has a decidedly odd aroma, featuring a combo of fruit and (as noted by others) rubber. The flavour is also odd, but odd in a good way. Thereís lots of lemon against a background of bready malt and grain, but the main feature is the distinct lingering, zesty bitterness at the back. The body is full to medium and carbonation lively. Unusual and enjoyable.
Danev76 (113) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice fruit hop and caramel aroma. Cloudy golden amber colour with good head. Bitter up front with some malt character. Med body and carbonation
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hawthorne00 (2259) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 31, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Clear gold with a dense white head that last really well. Aroma of lemon, light honey, nectarines, some nutty/ husky notes which I suppose is the soba. Light bodied, not as carbonated in the mouth as it looks in the glass. Taste has grainy crackers and stone fruit sweetness, balanced by citrus flavours and modest bitterness. Clean and subtle.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Beer Deluxe. Nice combination of apricot and peach esters with subtle citrusy hops in the aroma. Hazy amber colour and tastes correspondingly thickish, with a disproportionately big mouthfeel. Thoroughly fresh flavours, though not a great deal of definition. Fresh malty sweetness, slightly gluey esters, not much hop character but finishing dry enough and eminently drinkable. No idea what the buckwheat does.
vanvenlo (1153) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - OCT 16, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2013 Grain and Grape bottle (16-Oct-13) Light fruit hop and slight choc aroma. Amber colour, decent head and sheet lacing. Light floral grass hop flavour. Bitter citrus hop finish and grassy ash hop aftertaste.
LesArgen (181) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This golden, fizzy ale gives off a little lemon and floral notes before aromas of rubber, dust and - indeed - plain noodles take over. It has a vey full-on taste, with that rubbery, grainy flavour almost coating the tongue before honey, spice, pine and lemon kick in to give it some real go. Itís far from a session ale, but itís different to most Aussie beers. Good times.
MarkMaclean (48) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich golden, cloudy clearing body. Little gas and creamy head settling soon to slightly scummy edge. Good flavour with malt hops and caramel notes. Reminiscent of Squires Golden Ale. Nice drop.
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KeefOz (763) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - OCT 5, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
No BB noted. Poured a translucent honey amber colour with a four- to five-finger white foamy head that diminished slowly. Laced as clingy suds. Aroma of sweet caramel malt and earthy hops. Taste of sweet malt, a subtle floral hops that lingers on the back palate, ad a trace of citrus. Light body. Smooth, light and clean finish. OK.
barakihunter (187) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 17, 2012
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Aroma is old shoes and old rubber, accompanied by buckwheat, plus a bit of malt. Appearance is perfectly golden, with a nice white head. Taste is disappointing with touches of harsh bitterness with not much malt. Palate is boring bar a touch of residual buckwheat texture. Overall, a very mediocre beer.
ALLOVATE (2281) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I thought SOBA was the Society of Beer Advocates, but buckwheat hey, who would have funked it all gluten free and all!? Deep, orange hued copper with a bad case of the sea monkeys. Head is little more than a faint skin of white. Aroma is dominated by the aforementioned giving it a woody, somewhat spicy and raw character that is undeniably buckwheat-ish. Similar on the palate with just a few enhancements. There is notes of macadamia and almond, brine, pine and a herbal weedy bitterness in the tail end that is long lived upon the palate after each sip. Piney and floral throughout also; the hops are artisinally integrated. This is a tasty brew. Credit for using such a robust and difficult grain. Found this one delicious! (33cL, no date stamp, Liquor Baronís, Hillarys)