DylansDad (558) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 5, 2013
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma upon opening was rotting vegetation which thankfully quickly subsided and left a hop-free malt and cardboard aroma. The actual taste and mouthfeel were pretty good, but the whole experience was marred by the aromas.
Pdubyah (596) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 5, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I enjoyed this a lot the first time I drank it, May 2012, but seems that time and many beers may have either changed my palate, or that this batch wasn’t a patch on that iteration. Different beers different days. I thought that this was heavy in the mouthfeel, and all the fun was up front, with little length, the bitterness was a sideshow,. Difficult to get enthusiastic about, but I would be up for a best 2 from 3 test a few month time, at which point I might again think that this was ok. Today though, this bottle, not so much. I wouldn’t not choose this in a pub, but I would take a good look at what else there was first.
davidm (2050) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Swords Vic Market. Nice and malty. Aromas of caramel, nuts, almonds, and leaves. Taste is sweet, with light bitterness, and average length. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Amber, with a thin head.
Jade (433) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice amber/brown colouring, thick creamy head. Strong hops aroma, gives the anticipation of a real bitter hit. Bitter, biting taste - quite nice though; great when the sun is shining.
omega (881) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 22, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Darker and redder than I remember this beer to be, this I feel is one of the better beers in the range. Full bodied with soft bubbles this beer has good length in the flavours. As I said not as I remember this beer, so may have to conduct extensive tastings to confirm, which shouldn’t be an issue......
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big frothy bubbles make this golden amber ale sparkle, but a red beer? Hmmm. The head then vanished quickly. The hop aromas are subtle and are probably a little herbal rather than grassy or citrus. Malt character is sweet and golden syrup biscuity. Overall there’s a brassy tangelo character,
Loads of mouthfeel in the form of a full, creamy rush of bubbles and then prickly across the tongue, which endures for minutes after the first mouthful. Quite delightful. In terms of flavour it is mandarins and sour lollies. I like this beer a lot.
KapitiCritique (379) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAY 2, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: Mildly malty with hints of carmel and grains. Simply using the nose alone does not bring this out as well as olfactory and gustatory together which is a shame. I had hoped the hops would be more obvious.
Appearance: Hazy reddish brown with thick, off-white head and frothy, clumped lacing.
Taste: Light to medium sweetness, with astringent undertones. There is a mild oatmeal taste as well, almost as if I had eaten a bowl of oatmeal with lemon and honey. Sort of complex actually.
Palate: Medium body with slightly sticky texture, lively carbonation and a longish slightly sweet malty finish with hints of acidic sourness.
Overall: I like complicated and tend to score higher for it. It did not meet expectations but still a nice drop. Maybe they could add more of these long lost hops so it would more distinctive.
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big frothy head medium carb though red brown ale aroma caramel earthy fruit toffee flavour toffee caramel mild bitter citrus taste resinous slight a smooth ale with bright flavours of malt little earthy grit finish smooth malt bright tasting mild bitter palate pleaser
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 31, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a bownish amber with a rocky tan head. Minimal lacing. Initial aromas were all about the hops with some resiny aromas and a little lemon. As the beer warmed the malt started to show through. Flavours were able about the malt with some caramel and sweet malt. A burnt nuttiness came through as the beer warmed. Slightly sickly finish.
DuffMan (8940) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 18, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. I have a cold right now, so my palate may be a little off. This poured a clear reddish amber with a nice vanilla-tinted foamy head that left some early lace. Nice aroma of toffee and toast, but again, my sniffer isn’t 100% at the moment. Palate is chiefly toasty malt with a nice candied orange note, and a surprising amount of bitter hosp balances out the finish. Very nice, and one I would like to try again once I get rid of this cold!