highlandlad (1418) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - AUG 4, 2006
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Geez, the market for Indian restaurant beers must be booming if the Belgians are getting in on the act. Of course, the competition is pretty poor. In these parts, an Indian restaurant beer list usually consists of pseudo-Indo lagers produced by multinationals such as Kingfisher and Haywards 5000. So why not a Belgian, indeed. Hell, theyíve even added rice to the beer for authentic "Asian character". Tikka Gold is as yellow as the name implies and raised a thick half-inch of lacing, creamy foam. The aroma is light, chalky and fruity. In fact, itís so faint that itís a stretch to summon descriptors. Perhaps melon balls or peach sorbet with a whiff of rusty bucket. Nice wash of pale malts and peachy fruitiness at the front of the palate, bit chalky in the middle before it gives way to a tannic, astringent finish. Standard lager palate - not too fizzy, nor full. Nothing much wrong with this other than the brewerís dreary lack of ambition. Itís as good as Kingfisher or similar but thatís a desperately low benchmark. (330ml bottle, Clovelly Vintage Cellars, best before 7/3/07)
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - AUG 8, 2006
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
I get it, the tikka is that little red spot on their foreheads. So if you take the leftovers out of the microwave and open the container too quickly you can be severely tikkad. Of course the pain of the searing vermilion paste would leave you severely tikkad off no doubt. As does the attempt at the cynical marketing of this beer as the ideal complement to hot foods. This, I thought, was the domain of a cucumber raita, mango chutney or coconut coated banana when this fruit was affordable and not in the realms of caviar, saffron or a litre of Aussie petrol. I suppose all this prose is simply a precursor to the morose. That is, yes folks, we are looking at another pale lager. Yada yada, it is as expected. Regrettably because of my current vintage (and the quality of early Aussie TV) I recall the existence of an ancient American kiddie show called My Friend Flicka. This ainít my friend tikka.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2005
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
500ml - (Secret Santa cousin Rich) Aroma is skunky and bland. Pours clear yellow with small head and some lacing. Flavor is bland, boring, skunky, and thin, but non-offensive. Palate is watery and non-existent. This is why I donít drink pale lagers.
vanvenlo (1283) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - NOV 2, 2013
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
(31-Dec-2006) Stale hop and slight sweet malt aroma. Clear amber colour, ok head and suds lacing. Hoppy front up taste and light malt flavour. Thickish mouthfeel, hop finish but uninspiring. Perhaps a bi skunkish.
mephisto (1269) - TAIWAN - APR 4, 2006
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
an alright pale lager. yellowish colored with white head, itís crispy and a bit sweet.
Muggus69 (1260) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JAN 17, 2007
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Chilled 330ml bottle. Iím liking the golden coloured cap, although I have a feeling it goes downhill from there... Not much to the nose, slight sweet maltiness. Pours clean golden body with sizeable white head and lace. Pale malt flavours, reasonably full body, hint of grassy hops, with an odd sharp dry hint of rice towards the finish which i canít explain to well, unexpected really. Another drinkable but unremarkable pale lager to the list.
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 8, 2005
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
foul rubber aroma. Pours a clear golden yellow, thin white head. Unsatisfying over-fermented vinegar taste. Leaves you wishing you could taste more rice.
scottw86 (1118) - Maryland, USA - APR 23, 2010
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured a very pale yellow with a foamy white head. Aroma is sweet with some lemon. Some yeast as well, but a little skunky. Rice is noticeable. Taste is slightly bitter and grassy with some rice and yeast. Aftertaste is not great. Overall it is ok, but you let me down belgium!
esox (1095) - Oulu, FINLAND - OCT 25, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
500 ml bottle. Golden colour, flocculating thin head. Mild grassy aroma, slightly bready maltiness, a hint of diacetyl. Dry finish with moderate bitterness and almost no taste. Soft texture, medium body.
demitriustown (1080) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2006
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a clear golden with a foamy white head. Aroma is lot of rice, some mild hops, and very small indiscernible amount of hops. Flavor is rice, a very light sweetness, slight hops note, and rather watery. Palate is sweet and slightly sticky. Overall, Meh...Another Pale Lager. I was expecting more from the great country of Belgium, but even they can make a sub-par Pale Lager.