Gage Roads ’The Convict’ Australian Strong Ale

Formerly brewed at Gage Roads Brewing Company
Style: Imperial IPA
Perth, WA, Australia
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.35/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
Australian beer drinkers, you’ve been locked up by bland, watered down lagers for too long. Never fear - the fussy bastards at Gage Roads are here to set you free! You won’t find a boring, run-of-the-mill lager here. This is a BIG Australian ale. A boatload of Aussie ingredients: 6 specialty ale malts, 4 of our finest hops. The CONVICT is rich in flavour, soaked in tropical aroma. Dry hopped with an insane amount of Summer, Stella and Galaxy hops, this in an ale that could bend even the strongest bars at Freo Prison. Break off the shackles with Gage Roads THE CONVICT Australian Strong Ale.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkel07 (5742) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 25, 2013
640ml bottle from Dan Murphy’s. what else would you have on Australia Day but a beer called The Convict. Bronzed copper colour that is almost red with a sprinkle of tan foam. Looks pretty good and smells even better with a load of resinous piney hop aromas. The flavour is also good with a combination of hops and caramel malt. A well crafted beer. Perfect with my roast iamb.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (5718) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 30, 2013
med amber color. Good crystal malt with some decent hop notes. Malt accented, moderately bitter finish. Pleasant woody finish. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hawthorne00 (3856) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 9, 2013
Clear copper with a large pale beige head that fades to a good coat. Aroma has citrus and tropical fruit poking through rather a lot of caramel. There’s lychees, oranges, passionfruit. Medium bodied, a little oily.Doesn’t feel very lively in the mouth. Moderate carbonation. Taste is not as sweet as suggested by the aroma and the bitterness is quite strong. There’s a little chocolate and coffee and the caramel melds well with the citrus flavours. The tropical fruits get a bit lost. Bitter finish with oranges is a little peppery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 11, 2013
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Awesome label but that's about as far as it gets. Slightly stale and orange driven. Meh ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Davros (3071) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 18, 2013
Pours dark brown with a small fading off-white head. Nose shows some darker malt with toast notes and caramel, along with some soft tropical fruit and grassy hops. Some more soft toasty malt as a flavour along with booze, some plainn cardboard malt notes, solvent-like booze and a little tropical hops. Could use a richer body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ALLOVATE (2992) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 10, 2013
To celebrate all things Aussie and with its release just before Australia day (actually thought it was to be released on Australia day!?) comes yet another pale ale from Gage Roads. The use of Stella and Galaxy are a welcome sight but I’m not the biggest fan of Summer hops at the best of times. To say they harnessed the hops well would be a wee bit of a fib, so onto the tasting I go.
Into a snifter at just on cool. Looks good so points there. Messy, creamy off-white dollop atop a deep and burnished, ruddy copper body with a fine bead. Under a whiff of damp, bitter herbal hops is notes of blanched beetroot, caramelised rhubarb, burnt toast, rubber, pine needles and musty liquor. Rather light in body (filtered - pasteurised - it shows!). Alcohol has a kick and warmth. Malt driven but drabby in its display; bready and ill-defined. Light touch of caramelised fruit with the rhubarb playing. Moderately bitter, but rubbery and plastic in the finish. A little smoke and over-brewed tea lingers long. A field away from the beer imaragingbull tried so to it’s credit I’ll give this one another go. After all it’d be un-Australian not to!!! (64cL, BB 21/12/13, Dan Murphy’s Currambine)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bif (2209) - St. Charles, Missouri, USA - FEB 25, 2013
Pours a clear dark bronze, almost red, color with a good tan head that fades to ample lacing. Aroma of dark fruits, roasted malt and spices. Taste of dark fruits and spices with some roasted malt. Mild bitterness and a fairly dry finish. Medium body, quite smooth and flavorful. Nice balance. Enjoyable beer and an easy drinker. Worth a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidm (2079) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Bottle from Dan Murphy’s. Nice and malty, good hoppy backbone. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, hints of anisette, cola and liquorice. Taste is sweet and bitter, with long length. Palate is velvety, with medium-to-full body. Amber, with a thin head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sevenlee (1846) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - MAR 5, 2013
Pours a clear amber colour with a beige head. Aroma is malt, fruits, caramel, pine and hops. Taste is light to medium sweet leading to a balsy bitter and hoppy finish. Really liked it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
KeefOz (1801) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - JUN 16, 2013
640ml bottle. BB 23/12/14. Poured a semi-translucent coppery brown with a 5mm beige coloured foamy head that diminished slowly and produced good filmy lacing. Subtle aroma of earthy malt and some hops – more malt than hops. Taste of soft malt up front followed by mild fruity bitterness after taste. Light body, bordering on watery. Long bitter finish. For me, average at best.

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