ALLOVATE (3015) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 8, 2012
Produces a hazy, yellow gold with sparse and intermittent carbonation and a few sea monkeys floating about.Creamy, compact off white head is lasting and adds to the overall mouthfeel. There is a potent, swelling, all hop nose that is arguably seductive. Passionfruit, pineapple, lychee and pear, candied lemon and lime zest meld with notes of vine clippings, pine needles, peppery spice, eucalypt and citronella oil. Juicy, tangy mix of bitter and ripe citrus and tropical fruits dominate the palate. more pineapple, lychee, pear, etc., just a continuation of that wonderful bouquet. Quite foamy but firm; the body is relatively light and the carbonation just a prickle reserved for the tip of the tongue. Sun-drenched malt flavour shines through, giving balance. Not overly bitter in the tail; piney, light wood, subtly floral, but still all hops. This is a showcase glorifying our current hop industry and finally bringing Australia out of the dark ages of the dreaded Pride of Ringwood. These guys have produced a lip-smacking, bang-up, Friday night come Sunday session killer of a beer. And credit to them for keeping it below 5.0% ABV. Lovely stuff. (33cL, no date stamp, Cellarbrations Carlisle) Erasmus_ro (2945) - Alabama, USA - SEP 11, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2013 Tap @ Beer Temple 08/09/12 Pours a hazy yellow with a large, white head. Aroma is kiwifruit, loads of exotic fruit. Taste is lots of kiwifruit, passion fruit, grapefruit, light dry maltiness on the finish. Aftertaste is the exotic fruit line-up again. Palate is light. jonno (2761) - JAPAN - OCT 31, 2009
Bottle shared with Nate. As he says it may be a bit passed it, but i still enjoyed it. Looked a bit piss weak, very light straw yellow. Aroma is malt accentuated with faint hops. In the mouth is quite heavy and the resonious hops are interesting. Overall well done. Fresher I could only imagine it mgght be a few points higher. Cheers Nate! davidm (2080) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 25, 2010
Tap. Delicious. Aromas of citrus, and pine. Taste starts sweet, with some sourness, and a long bitter finish. Palate is velvety, with a light-to-medium body. Cloudy yellow, with a frothy white head. Stew41 (2025) - Phuket, THAILAND - JUN 26, 2009
A great companion to the more intense but far less sessionable Bling IPA. This beer shows fantastic balance and the green nettle hops are a real highlight on both the nose and in the mouth. This hop input is quite subtle but matches the structure very well. Lachlan is right in saying that the palate power is a bit light but this didn’t detract from the sheer drinkability. A true session beer if I ever saw one.
vanvenlo (1885) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - APR 22, 2015
Gertrude Hotel ontap(22-Apr-2015)Passionfruit pepper spice aroma.Light Passionfruit pepper flavour.Bitter passionfruit pepper finish&pepper grass aftertaste. nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - OCT 31, 2009
Bottle. Pours pale golden with a small white head. Okay first off I’m not sure about the freshness of this bottle but here goes anyway...nice fruity hop aroma - mainly tropical fruit mix with a faint grassy even resiny backdrop. The flavour is quite subtle by way of malt backbone but does enough to support the fruity hops which are obviously the showcase in this beer. It’s not heavy on the palate making this one very quaffable, with a smooth bitterness that lingers through to the finish. All up a solid APA but I think it may have lost it’s punch after some time in the bottle. fletchfighters (1529) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 10, 2012
A-- Poured a cloudy honey yellow color, with a fluffy bright white head that settled to a one finger in height. Pretty obvious lively carbonation and a bit of lacing on the sides of the glass. Good head retention to the beer.
S-- Sweet and spicy hops with a Belgian like biscuit malt smell. Has a fresh cut grass smell to this. Smells a lot like a NZ Sav Blanc. Grass smell becomes larger as it warms up.
T-- Spicy hops first and the biscuit malt does kick in. Very lively carbonation again in this. A lot of grassy tones to this with, some lemon as well.
M-- Lots of carbonation, already said that though. Very crisp and fresh tasting. Lot of lemon and fresh cut grass to this. Hop flavor is fairly reserved and does not hammer away at you like others in this style do. More of an acidic taste and feel. Just a bit of a pine feel at the very end, not big though.
D-- . Heavy grassy tones and this carries it well. Needs a bigger grapefruit presence though as the lemon does become enough after a bit. Malt character is quite interesting and a good touch.
Maris (1513) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15, 2010
From a 330ml bottle on 15/5/2010. Has an unusual yeasty citrus aroma - as claimed on the label, it’s orange that comes immediately to mind. This one was packed with as much yeast sediment as I’ve found in a beer. Flavour wise, it’s as curious as its aroma. Citrus fruits predominate (orange again, and some lemon) but the big hop kick which is promised just doesn’t eventuate, with the bitterness moderate at best. Pyobon (1401) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 20, 2012
(bottle) Poured a hazy straw with a good white head. Lovely aroma - mainly citrus with hints of tropical fruit, particularly passionfruit. Medium body with excellent full carbonation. Great flavour with hops apparent from start to finish, but not dominated by bitterness, and the hop contribution evolves through the taste, with a gentle fruity contribution at the start moving to a decent bitter finish. At the start the lemony / tropical fruits of the aroma are present. the flavour develops some peppery spice and nice biscuity malt and then winds up with a long pleasant bitter finish. Overall a very nice beer that is all about the hops, without them overwhelming with bitterness. There’s an nice breadth of flavour in this refreshing beer.