jkm (235) - - DEC 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle - pours a murky, pale amber medium body with a moderate white head. Hops in the aroma, flavours slightly malty with strong hops / bitterness, but well balanced - a great beer.
Oakes (14101) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 11, 2016
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask at the brewery. Muddy, light brown. Powdery hop, tart, maybe more than I’d like. Nice hop charcter but fruity tart Probably my least favourite one.
danlo (2018) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle from Beer Cartel, Sydney. Hazy reddish-brown amber colour, tan foam head leaving alittle lacing and aroma of malt, grain, grassy, earthy, barnyard, slightly metallic. Taste is sour, citrus rind, berries, grainy, horse blanket, vinegar notes and some earthy bitterness. Slick mouthfeel, medium bodied, soft to medium carbonation, dry sour citric barnyard finish. Interesting, quite drinkable.
hawthorne00 (3172) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 6, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hand pull at Grape and Grain. Slightly hazy amber with a fine cream head. Aroma of bread, pears, quinces, flowers, bracken. Smells like a bitter. Creamy texture. Taste is quite sour with bitterness and spices at the end. Apples, twigs, lemon, some berries. Sichuan pepper at the end is mild but lingers forever. Refreshing. First draft beer from 2MT for me. As ever, interesting to drink beer from a brewer proceeding by experimentation rather than indulging in it.
Earlier Rating: 1/21/2010 Total Score: 3.2
Bottle. 10C. Hazy amber. An inch of stable fluffy creamy-beige head. Modest aroma - some caramel, citrus and woody hops. Taste is sweet with some bitterness out the back. There’s also some wood and sour apple juice character. The hop note at the end is crude and a bit nasty. I’m in two minds about this beer. On the one hand, bits of it are crude and some of the tastes verge on the unpleasant. On the other hand, it has character and - dare I say it - terroir. It has that aliveness and rambunctiousness that good low ABV English styles have that so often seems to get eliminated when things are more refined. So many Australian brewers are trying for good: this is a rough draft of great. But it is pretty rough.
fletchfighters (1326) - AUSTRALIA - APR 9, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ML bottle
19/10/14 bottle date
Murky, muddy amber brown color. Light tan head. Thick coating of lacing. Good head retention.
Nose is bits of horse blanket, vinegar, acid, blue cheese, plastic and caramel. Hops are gone and the funk has set in.
Taste is acid, gym socks, blue cheese, vinegar, straw and horse blanket. If there was a base beer it is gone. Brett has really taken over this in a big way. Just some lingering caramel but this is a full blown Brett beer now.
Medium bodied, prickly carbonation, long lasting acid bitterness.
Fun beer but not an amber
Earlier Rating: 8/10/2012 Total Score: 1.7
A-- Poured a very light orange brown color, or a dark straw yellow. Half a finger of off white head. Shows medium to high carbonation. A lot of sediment in the bottle.
S-- Smell reminds me more of a adjunct more than anything else. Pretty metallic smell. Lots of ringwood in this. Very faint floral smell but hidden by the ringwood. Smells almost like VB in a lot of ways.
T-- Hops taste more like pine. Tastes a lot like a typical Australian Lager. Lots of ringwood and metallic. Just throw in some pine for effect. Also a bit of a soapy quality to this.
M-- Fairly sour aftertaste. Not a great tasting beer. Has a little bit of a sweet kick to it but it turns to sour. No hop flavor to it and very unbalanced. Keep thinking this is infected with bad hops as it tastes more like bad homebrew.
D-- Unimpressed to say the least.
Niksko (542) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 1, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A gusher! Pours a murky dark amber with some pillowy off white head. Nose is a little caramel, some horse blanket, maybe a little hop aroma. I’ve had this for a while, so any hops that were once here have probably faded, and the funk has probably intensified. Flavor is caramel, some lemony sour funk, a little bitterness on the finish with just a hint of biscuit. I like the idea, and it’s probably more my fault that this is very much towards the sour and funky with not much hop character as it’s almost a year old by now (bottle 22 Oct 2013).
Danev76 (505) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 12, 2014
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big roasted malt mixed with caramel. Dark brown colour with ok head. Odd sour like flavour but pretty nice, some good malt profile. Medium body with low carbonation
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MarkMaclean (48) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 25, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Solid looking muddy red brown, opaque, scant head. Sour and bitter nose, palate initially bitter then moving to sour end. Acquired taste maybe.
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Maris (1270) - 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 (9286) - 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 (553) - Sydney, 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.