Brewed by J. Boag & Son (Lion Co.)
Style: Pale Lager
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia


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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
Based on a traditional recipe and as strong in flavour as the name suggests. Inspired by the turn of the century arm wrestling team, which was made up of Boags employees and local citizens. This strong beer has a full, fresh, malty character with a subtle bitterness and smooth finish.

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farmboy (218) - Barwon Heads, AUSTRALIA - AUG 3, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2003 I've had to re-review this beer as Boags has changed the recipe or as the marketing person I spoke to 'twinked the recipe slightly'. It has come down from 5.2% alcohol to 5%. I must say that I prefer this new recipe to the older version. It has less bite and therefore is not quite so rugged on the palate. Tastes very much like a Boags Draught, which is unavailable outside Tasmania. It's now quite a refreshing bitter beer.

LoveABeer (141) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 9, 2003
Flat, dark golden appearance. Sweet taste of chemicals, watery no bitter, simply terrible

kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - FEB 6, 2003
Pours yellow-amber clear, small bubbly head, lots of carbonation. Sweet caramel aroma initially then hops, hops, hops. Smells of golden cluster? pride of ringwood? smells australian. Suprisingly smooth, thin though malty and slightly fruity. Not very bitter, stronger hop flavour than bitterness. Better than your typical aussie bitter though.

dubs (117) - St Peters, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2003
They had a "free beer glass" deal going with a six pack of this for a while. Wouldn't get it after the deal's out. Not much flavour, too watery, the glass broke in the washing machine...

OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 7, 2002
Medium gold to light amber clear with a medium size long lasting rocky island white head. Aroma is initially a faint fruity candy caramel sweet moving to a floral nectar and eventually a fruity corn as it warms. Light smooth bodied with intriguing aromatic fruity flavoured sweetish light bitter palate. Mild to bland sweet faint fruity finish. Is this really a bitter? From what I can sense it seems too fruity and lacks sufficienct bitter palate to be really classified as a true bitter.

Linc (739) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 25, 2002
Perfectly drinkable, has a nice amount of flavour for an Australian mass produced beer, reasonable hop flavour and maltiness. Pity this one doesn't have more body.

Wizzard99 (32) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 27, 2002
A very good beer, strong bitter flavour, good when playing cricket in the back yard or with sangers on the bbq

winkle (478) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2002
A good macro off tap. Easy session beer. Could use more body though. .......

grant60 (185) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 18, 2002
i liked this. bitter and tasty, good flavour................................

itsmax (103) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 28, 2002
Lovely beer. Can't really go wrong with Tasmanian beers!....................

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