hawthorne00 (4065) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 18, 2009
UPDATED: APR 28, 2011 Bottle. Pours an almost clear copper with a inch of off -white head. Head is well-retained. Fine looking brew. Smells of caramel malt and grass/ citrus hops with some stone fruits and spices. Balanced, but the malt plays second fiddle to grapefruit bitterness. Long bitter finish. Leans towards the English end of pale ales a bit. More restrained than some Australian APAs but not at all a cop out. [3.7]highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - DEC 16, 2009
Amber with an inch of off-white head that laces well. Aroma has caramel, nectarines, pine, graprefruit, spices. Oozing rather than bursting with hop aromas - not the freshest of maybe. Lightly carbonated mouthfeel. Taste has some fruit sweetness, a little biscuit, decent finishing bitterness. About half American and half English. Subtle and classy drop.
Best breasts on a beer label. There’s a concept for the next RateBeer annual awards. Off the top of my head, I can think of contenders from Cantillon, Amarcord and whoever makes that crappy Belgian lager with the scratch-off bikini. This South Australian APA is another, albeit a notably tasteful and discrete entry: two nude maidens diving in side profile. It’s the kind of images that accompany James Bond theme tunes. It’s not as striking as the label for their Ace of Spades stout but I wouldn’t mind the maiden’s phone number. The beer’s pretty tasty, too. It’s a hazy bronze with a short but enduring cap of suds and a nice ripe aroma of peaches, lychee, caramalt and a nose-prickling gingery note. Creamy palate with some early spritz fading to a soft finish. A little indistinct in flavour profile after that promising start. Some toffee malts and sour summer fruits. Quite a phlegmy, bitter finish. A solid APA and very sessionable. Is this the best brewer in South Australia? (330ml bottle from Platinum Liquor) nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2009
Bottle. Pours dark amber with a lasting off-white head. Aroma and flavour of biscuit, tropical fruit and caramel. It has a chewy mouthfeel and definitely drinks as if it’s a higher abv and gravity than it actually is. Sweet and bitter finish. This has great flavour and a nicely balanced pale ale. Good stuff. Davros (3258) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 29, 2009
Caramel pour with a lasting small head.
Lots of c-hops in the aroma, presumably from intense dry-hopping. Some grapefruit and floral notes but mainly dominated by pure fresh hops aroma.
Clean sweet malt first up upon tasting followed by more fresh hop flavour and a hint of grainy malt.
Too much carbonation. Dredd (969) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - SEP 29, 2009
sweet fruity apricot aroma with some hoppy undertones, deep orange/amber colour with nice white head. Flavour is a mix of citrus and apricot fruit with a bit of a hole in the mid palate and short finish. Good, but room for improvement.
Dervock (1416) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 18, 2009
Bottle - Light copper with a frothy white head which lasts down the glass. Flowery hop and peach aromas. Flowery hops up front then a hint of biscuit and a nice dry finish without being harsh. Medium bodied. Nicely balanced. Nicko (223) - Ashfield, AUSTRALIA - SEP 10, 2009
Clean golden amber, unexpectantly clear; been conditioned in the fridge for a few weeks which helps i guess. I might stir up the bottle a bit for the second glass. small frothy head and low carbonation. Definitely not as much cascade/amarillo intensity, or as full bodied as a lot of local APAs going around that i’ve tried. Much more balanced and sessional. Threepwood (107) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 21, 2009
I had this off the tap at a pub in Adelaide months ago and was wow-ed by it, the beer was fabulous. The bottle version (this rating) is a little disappointing in comparison. Dark amber with a nice persistent head, looks fantastic. Nice aromas of fruit and sweet sugars. Clean and smooth with light carbonation favors the malts. Overall a really nice beer and will buy it again; but if you can get it on tap don’t hesitate to try it. This my second Brew Boys beer and I’m really impressed with what they are doing. kearnsy (68) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 22, 2009
Pours amber, slightly cloudy colour, nice off white head that hangs on well. Looks magnificent. Smell has me in straight away, sweet candy, apricot, passion fruit, biscuit and sour dough bread. Flavour is held together quiet well on the palate, sweet malt and very crisp hop flavour towards the end. Slightly fizzy on the palate, but nice and creamy as it goes south. I would class this is a true Aussie pale ale - an excellent cross between an American Pale and an English Pale. Highly recommended. Great beer, well done! Stew41 (2066) - Phuket, THAILAND - FEB 14, 2009
Great to see some beers packaged up in old skool 600ml brown bottles. Brown orange in colour however the body is quite murky. Thin white head hangs around quite well. The aromas seduce me completely; sweet fruity apricot, a touch candied, but somewhat striking. Follws up quite well in the mouth as the apricot stays largely in tact. I can see why some may find this a bit sweet and to be honest I did find the beer thicked up quite a bit on the finish. Still, better than 95% of other Australian beers and provides lot’s on encouragement to seek out the other brews.