BeeryPete (1) - , AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2008 does not count
Great full-flavoured beer. Cloudy but that doesn’t detract from the superb nose and deep, satisfying palate. This is a king of beers. spankyofoz (2) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 5, 2006 does not count
This was the first beer of the day, at 10am no less. And it put everything else to shame for the rest of the day.
Pours hazy due to the huge hopping, which is about on par with Stone Ruination IPA. Aromas are huge hits of high AA american hops, with a strong malt sweetness to balance.
Try it if you have the chance, it’s one of the more unique beers in teh Australian micro scene. ALLOVATE (3103) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 26, 2006
Finally got my sneakers on for a day trip into the valley to find that the new brewery I had set sights on was not yet open (Mash brewing, West Swan Road). A little travel and a bit of road rage later and my wife (driver) and I (err, passenger) arrived at the all too reliable Feral. IIPA on tap, sweet; unfamiliar new bar-staff, not too sweet, but still this was a beer to free off all surrounding thoughts. This was a beer to bounder quenching with contemplation. Autumn had finally hit, sun was shining and a beer like this would be a good poison for the arvo sunset. Poured a hazy fiery gold with a big, rocky and creamy beige head that showed some firm lacing. Also big was the citric grapefruit, hoppy nose that had balancing bitingly spicy toffee, sweet caramel and doughy, bready yeast notes that were generous enough to fight off the wailing crowd into the background (beer garden was packed). Now lowered to a meagre 7.0% it was still supercharged in the mouth. Smooth in mouthfeel and almost oily, treacly thick in body. Very pronounced hopping plays a part to balance the sweet crystal malts, toffee and prominent alcohol warmth. Juicy grapefruit and oranges follow into the fresh and warming fruity swallow that heated me up through into the thorough depths like a glass of strong liqueur. As it warms it shows flavours of pine-nuts on the mid-palate before a sharp bitter bite on the swallow. This was deadly easy to drink, but once the alcohol hit in it all slowed down for me. A lovely Pale ale that gives some insight into the original gravity of the brews sent to the eastern colonies. Though a beer like this present to the workers in India I fear no work would have been done. A pleasure to drink, and a trip to the Swan valley still holds its treasures!!! vicc (2) - ferndale, AUSTRALIA - APR 3, 2005 does not count
Huge grapefruit and spirity nose, fruit and spice flavours come through as it warms up. So dry it’s almost gingery and bitter enough to blow your socks off. bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 23, 2005
Had this on tap with Sully.
This is my first try of a IIPA. Wow! I like this style. Hops. This is what you notice from the start right to the last drop. Hazy amber body, hops on the nose (or have I already mentioned that) and lovely hop bitterness in the taste. This beer was very well balanced with the malt playing a great supporting role and the alcohol is noticeable but very user friendly. Had a bit of a session with this beer, it was a good day and great company.
Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - MAR 22, 2005
OK, the first five beers had been an introduction. This is the beer that I was meeting bluevegie about. As it turned out he arrived just as I had finished the other five and so there was no doubt about what the next beer would be. This one apparently is about 80-90 IBUs and at 9% is in the ballpark for this style. It is impressive in the flute with its deep amber hue and nose that gives a clue of the bitterness. The first sip didn’t disappoint either. Clearly bitter but with a clean crystal malt syrupy flavour to complement. This turned into a bit of a session beer which for a high ABV means that the brewer did his homework and has passed the test well. A very good beer complemented by the company of BV and his charming lady Jenny.