Maris (849) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - NOV 2, 2013
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
From a 500ml bottle on 2/11/2013 (bottle no 0653, brew date 8 Apr 13, ABV listed as 5.2%). Pours a cloudy light amber with a medium head. The aroma is modest, with some acidic and metallic notes. Flavour wise, this is just weird. There’s barely a hint of malt, with huge doses of sharp vinegar and tart citrus, and a touch of fruit sweetness, with a lingering bitterness. The body is thinnish and the carbonation relatively lively. Comes across as an ordinary sour ale rather than an amber. Did not enjoy this one at all. But at least their beers are very nicely marketed.
gnoff (7030) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 27, 2013
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Draught from handpump/Cask, at Preachers, Hobart. Sampled on August 7, 2013.
Stated to be 5.2% ABV.
Hazy brown color, tan head. Light acidic, fruity, berry taste. Thin mouthfeel, low bitterness. Acidic, berry aftertaste. Malty, sweet, acidic scent.
Feels a bit off, but as of the girl at Preachers many haev thought the same as me, but apparently the beer is supposed to be this way? Odd, didn’t enjoy it much, hard to finish the one small (10 oz) pour.
M_Sack (219) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 19, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I didn't have the same problems that floydian1 and Jessop had on opening so they have obviously fixed up that problem. Deep amber in colour with a very thin head. Muted sweet malt and yeast aromas. Initial sweetness moves into a sour bitterness. When drunk with a hunk of cloth bound cheddar (quickes from England rather than the suggested pyengana) the sourness and sweetness was subdued somewhat against the salty cheese. Overall an unbalanced beer which lacks the malt complexity and cleansing hop bitterness of a good English style amber ale. The bottle is a cracker if that's any consolation.
floydian1 (799) - FNQ, Australia, - MAY 15, 2013
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
500ml bottle with brew date of 4/10/12 consumed at cellar temperature. Labelling states 5.2% ABV. Oh dear this is a bit of a dud. A volcanic eruption of froth occurs on opening the bottle which pours with a muddy copper-brown body and excessive white head. Skunked vinegary lemony aromas dominate the nose and tongue which is like no other amber ale I have tasted. As far as I am concerned this style is supposed to contain a relatively sweet malt base with variable hop bitterness but this is certainly not the case here. Unless this has turned into a sour ale by design (like their Derwent ale), this batch as gone seriously off and there remain ongoing issues with quality control.
Jessop (206) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 17, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Chilled to 10 degrees centigrade then opened. It gushed like a geyser which was a disappointing way to start. Pours apricot cloudy amber with a dense head that lasts somewhat. Sweet aromas of vanilla and malt come through as well as some diacetyl, basement, yeast and estery fusel alcohol. It has an unexpected thinish body and texture for an ale, almost lager like, it has a nice bitter mid palate and a slightly astringent finish, the hops hang in there well and invite the next sip.