MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - MAY 18, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (330ml). Poured copper with a creamy, white head which was average lasting. Good fruity hop aroma with passionfruit and grapefruit, back up by sweet biscuity malts, creamy caramel and roasted nuts. Flavor delivered a decent hop bitterness (fruity) with more passionfruit and grapefruit followed by biscuity malts, caramel, some earthy notes and a roasted nutty finish. Medium bodied with soft carbonation, a dry/creamy mouthfeel and a good finish. This was a great pale ale and my favriote from the Wicked elf brewery, it seemed perfectly in-between and APA and an EPA.
Dredd (664) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - MAY 17, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Quite good beer, pour is a bit lacklustre with little head, colour is a nice dark copper though. Nose is a mix of toffee and peachy stonefruit. Flavour is very clean with a mix of toffee, bread, stonefruit some slight citrus and metallic notes.
Overall a well crafted beer. good mouthfeel and a nice finish.
Stew41 (1625) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - JAN 31, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aghhh...what Steve said (again!). Restrained and elegant style compared to most APA beers but regardless well made and enjoyable to drink. Nose shows mild hops, some grapefruit and a rusty metal hint. Hoppy again in the mouth, but the softer fruit notes given way to a slightly abrasive bitter / metallic character. But, well within the boundaries of the style. Well worth a look.
highlandlad (1395) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - OCT 4, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Another promising beer from a newcomer to the NSW brewing scene. What with Murrays, Northern Rivers and these guys, the north of the State is looking healthier than the south (Braidwood, Goulburn). This is an above-average Oz APA brewed using English and Australian malts and US Cascade hops. Itís a hazy bronze colour and poured with a prodigious head that left great splashes of lacework. Restrained aroma of canned peaches, lychee and grout. Very soft, filling mouthfeel, similar to the pilsener. I like that in a beer. Bit soapy with some rusty nails and Cascade grapefruit rind. Not much cut-through. Fair, not brilliant. Good regional brewing. (330ml bottle courtesy of Bridge - thanks, buddy. BB Feb 08)