jonno (2756) - JAPAN - NOV 22, 2009
Starts out with a lovely full bodied blood orange colour. Nose is doughy wih a hint of hops. In the mouth it is med to full with the aroma profile unfurling on the tongue. Decent, but i would like a bit more hops in the finish. mickmac (485) - Ngunnawal, AUSTRALIA - NOV 21, 2009
Bottle. Pours with an average sized tan head over a brown amber body. Aroma of ryebread and resin and taste of caramel, toast and resin. Finishes with a light bitterness. Medium body; well carbonated. hawthorne00 (3906) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 12, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2015 Stubby. Aroma: bread and grapefruit. Dark copper with a little cloudiness even with a careful pour. Modest but persistent light beige head. There’s enough chewiness and malt to balance lingering medium hop bitterness. 7 2 8 4 16[3.7] floydian1 (1454) - FNQ, Australia, - SEP 6, 2009
Muddy copper with a persistent pale beige head. Aroma of caramel, bread, grapefruit, pine. Biscuits, caramel malt with grapefruit. Lingering bitter finish. Maybe this has got bitterer over the years or the hops have become more American-accented. First couple of these for quite a while and I like it as much as ever.[3.7]
Bottle from 1st Choice. No date, but presumably old. No hops detectable in the aroma, a hint of citrus in the taste. More biscuit than bread. Still pleasant enough, but time to date the bottles. Leaving score as is but this was 3.0.
330ml bottle. I was half expecting a golden lager! Appears murky orangey brown with a negligible off white head. The aroma is largely sweet caramel malts with a light floral hop presence. The palate is medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel and flavours similar to the nose. Certainly no marked hop bitterness to the finish despite what it says on the label. I still like it though - it is nicely refreshing and malty without being too rich and filling. Davros (3132) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 2, 2009
Pours garnet/pale copper with a creamy somewhat persistent head.
Quite a powerful aroma of resinous hops, sweet caramel malt and a bit of citrus.
Lots of caramel flavour with what might be some sweet crystal malt later on. Hop profile is limited, but finishes with a prominent green hoppy bitterness.
Good mouthfeel with a great laid-back carbonation.
Really loving these malty English pale ales I’ve been having lately.
Dervock (1321) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 14, 2009
Poured a dark orange. Very, very malty aroma and flavour; it almost smells like a can of home brew concentrate. Very nice malty flavour, but not much of the "intense hop bitterness" the bottle promises.
Despite the lack of hop this is a beautiful beer! alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - OCT 30, 2008
Bottle; didn’t realize this was anything other than a pale lager/blond ale until I poured the bottle. Lightish bronze in color with a compact, but small, off white head. Aroma of bread, toffee, toasted malt, earth, flowers and herbs. Very toffeeish and herbal in the flavor. Pretty dry. Nice balance, with a slightly more pronounced malt presence. One of the better examples of the style that I have had. mkel07 (5847) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 25, 2008
Pours a dark coppery colour with a small head. Leaves a long lasting aftertaste in the mouth. Good bitterness with hoppy aroma. bozoNZ (778) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 25, 2008
330ml bottle. Pours dark amber/bronze. Sweet nutty bready aroma with good english hop character.Bitter from the outset with some underlying boscuit malt base but dominated by the nutty earthiness of the hop character. Real good. MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - DEC 27, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2008 RE-RATE: Bottle (330ml). Poured muddy bronze with a good sized, lightly tanned, frothy head which was mostly lasting. Aroma was of earthy hops with tangerines, creamy caramel malts, toasted nuts and just a hint of butterscotch. Flavor was a decent earthy hop bitterness with tangy citrus, caramel malts, juicy cranberries, light woody/nutty notes and some resin in the finish. Medium bodied with medium carbonation, a dry/creamy mouthfeel and a good finish.