highlandlad (1395) - 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)
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 16, 2006
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Golden beer with a whitish head. Light "generic lager" aroma. Sweet malt/grain flavor with some underlying earthy/floral hops.
raymondwave (931) - FINLAND - JUN 24, 2009
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottel 0,5 l at a nepalese restaurant. Golden with a overpouring white head. Nose is sweetish with some perfume crispiness. Flavor is intensely perfumey bitter with some pilsener like qualities, but the bitterness feels artificial, like soap or mosquito repellant. Some sweetness in background. Quite flavorful anyway.
thegreenrooster (2982) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - APR 22, 2007
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pour is a golden with a white head. Aroma is typical lager. Some breadyness but overall this is wet paper bag. Flavor is horrible. Super tart lemonlike flavor takes over and makes you wince. It may be from Belgium but pass this one by.
FatPhil (8116) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 8, 2008
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Nondescript light orange. Nondescript lager aroma. Tastes like a lager, but a non-descript one at that. Finish? Yes, I did finish it. Why do good brewers like van Steenberge waste their time on nonsense like this?
LinusStick (2703) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2009
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Blah. Aroma was weak and next to nothing. Stale light malt and cardboard. Pour was a dirty medium gold with no head or bubbles. Taste was dirty and dusty malt with no aftertaste and not much to it. Even the decent carbonation couldn’t bring this beer out of the ones.
TBone (11379) - Pori, FINLAND - JUN 8, 2006
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottled [BB 03/2007].
Golden color, decent white creamy head. Light aroma of grain and corn. Quite standard malty, a bit sweetish till the aftertaste, which is harsh bitter. Not very "Indian" but as boring as real ones.
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.
Lunkie (1319) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 28, 2007
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Hop malt chemical aroma. Clear yellow colour with poor head and lacing. Bitter stale malt flavour with chemical aftertaste. Flat palate.
rauchbier (3503) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2007
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle, from Rythym & Booze, Brigg. Faintly hazy gold, fluffy but shortlived white head, nasty aromas of sweet starchiness, quite soft in the mouth with more nastiness from the sweet starch which is balanced (?!) by a harsh dry bitterness, short fruity dry finish.