Dervock (1441) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 23, 2013 imaragingbull (579) - Sydney, - JAN 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Dan Murphys. The whole bottle pours clear light copper amber with decent creamy light tan head and some light lace. Big aroma of sweet malts: toffee, toast, bread and grains. Decent hop aroma shining through the malt aromas; grassy, a touch herbal and spicy; perhaps vegetal, with citrus, apricot and passionfruit all on the nose. Medium body, generous bitterness, med-high carbonation. Complex malt body, finishes sweet, but the bitterness rides it out such that its not cloying and with the zesty carbonation giving a bite also. Overall a good effort showcasing a tasty beer and the embrace of the newer aussie hop varieties.
Bottle - pours ruby with a big off white head. Deep molasses, oxo cube, veg and resin hops. Plenty if bitterness, hoppy upfront, then dry and lingering finish. Medium body creamy. TimE (6120) - 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. themarvel2004 (5) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 10, 2013 does not count
Terrific heavy ale, brilliant dark auburn colour, wonderful hops, very dry and bitter, and fantastic flavours. Really enjoy it - why limit it?! Please keep this on on the regular listing. jdpeebs (698) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 26, 2013
Bottle-caramel, toast, citrus, orange, cloudy, rocky head, very bitter, full body, average carbonation, My favourite of their range. KeefOz (1913) - 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.
Niksko (627) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 26, 2013
Bottle from Dan’s. Pours a cloudy amber brown with a finger of fizzy off white head. Aroma is fruity and a bit tropical with sweet orange, banana and passionfruit. As it warms there’s a great candy floss note. Slightly floral hoppiness. Very clean. Mid palate is a bit flat but the finish is very strong. Mildly bitter piney hops and some delicious biscuit.. As it warms the mid palate fleshes out with some orange peel and caramel. A pretty good effort. Much better than their usual fare. I’ll be looking forward to more like this in the future from Gage Roads. BarossaLuke (552) - AUSTRALIA - APR 28, 2013
I’ve criticized Gage Roads in the past but their latest series of beers has been very good. This has strong hop aroma and plenty of hop flavour, it is an Australian version of some of the American strong ale beers. i don’t think this quite fits the double IPA category but I don’t believe it is meant to either. Rate Beer doesn’t have a strong ale class so it has to go somewhere, judge it on its merits I say. And this beer is very good, had it a couple of time now and enjoyed it a lot on both occasions. ShaneJ (910) - AUSTRALIA - APR 24, 2013
Bottle from Dan Murphy. Deep copper/amber, strong malt and alcohol aroma, caramel, butterscotch, mild bitterness, some spicyness in the aftertaste. Liked it. Jado (805) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - APR 3, 2013
Pours dark red-brown with a light tan collapsing head and significant carbonation. The aroma is subdued - repressed even - with little coming through except some caramel. Taste is dominated by malt up front, with some rich caramel flavours. That?s followed with some relatively mild hop bitterness. Nice spicy finish. A bit unbalanced and certainly not a double IPA (more like a pumped up ESB), but not bad. Gramoit (494) - Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2013
A Solid beer this one without being one to remember. For such a ’big’ beer this was not as flavorsome as advertised. It drank more like a sweet IPA and a Double IPA.