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Brewed by Hargreaves Hill Brewing Company
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Steels Creek, Victoria, Australia
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our cult beer, this is a "new world" interpretation of the classic English style. This ale features considerable crystal malt character, as a backbone to carry the hefty bitterness. Substantially dry hopped with carefully selected hops from either the US, NZ, or Australia, this adds aromatic and flavour notes of ripe passionfruit.

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3.5
bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 1, 2009
Tried on tap at the Taphouse St Kilda. Slightly hazy dull orange body with short head. Well balanced beer with the hops just in front of the malt character, passionfruit and citrus. After just having the Hopmother this was a lot smoother and more restrained. Told this was version 2 but who knows though it was delicious!

3.8
kearnsy (68) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 28, 2009
had this one on tap at the tap house. Nice golden colour, excellent head. Earthy, grassy and hop resin aromas, smells good. Nice hints of malt in the flavour, well balanced ale. Just tastes similar to a lot of ales out there at the moment.

3.3
Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 21, 2008
Pours golden tending to amber with loosely packed collar of foam. Aromas are dominted by passionfruit (esb or apa) with some hinting caramel malt. Palate is relatively light, more tangy fruit (passion/orange) supported by resin/pine hop characters. Malt is there, but very much a supporting role. Finish is long and with lingering resiney bitterness. Really pleasant drink, but in no way is it an ESB.

3.6
Stew41 (2139) - Phuket, THAILAND - JUN 23, 2008
(Tap at Local Taphouse Spectapular). Probably my pick of the 40-strong lineup at the festival. Certainly not an ESB as we know it and correctly picked here as an APA. Front palate has stacks of fruit and passionfruit from the yeast and floral hops. Malt played a more subtle role for me. Dry finish with plenty of hop tang. Really good beer and would surpass the Pale Ale, although to my tastes the 2 share some similar qualities.

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voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 5, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2008 Golden with a fluffy white head. Massive hoppy aroma, reeks of dry hopped goldings which works so damn well, soft bready malts and fruity esters come through much more softly. Great mouthful, smooth and light but also complex and fairly bitter.. the malt character shines through a bit more here too. Flavours of piney, resiny hops and more of that beautiful rounded maltiness. The best beer I’ve had in quite some time. Bottle this stuff please I could drink it all day.

Update: I’ve had this stuff a few times recently and tis cascade all the way... A full blown APA

4.1
Jarmby (25) - Lilydale, AUSTRALIA - FEB 29, 2008
Had this on tap at the Hargreaves Hill Brewery in Yarra Glen. It is bursting with fruity hoppiness with passionfruits leading the way. It is a drink a lot of beer and it is to be highly recommended

3.3
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 4, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2010 Old brewery version. Hazy amber with a very dense head. Aroma is possibly the pineyest (not sure that’s a word) of any Australian beer I’ve had, but in a good way. It’s all very well integrated with some nice, subtle, complementary esters and a chunky, fresh maltiness. The flavours are relatively indistinct and all on top of eachother, but in this case it works very well. Doesn’t finish especially bitter but the hop flavour lingers through enough to easily keep me happy. Just a simple, fresh beer served in top condition - top stuff. Probably the best beer I’ve had from Hargreaves Hill. (3.9)
Red Hill version: Massive passionfruit hop aroma (later revealed to be Nelson Sauvin), hazy and loaded with young beer flavours - very much my style. Thick, chewy malt, suspended yeast carries fresh citrusy hop flavour and good solid bitterness with a touch of (hop?) acid. Tasty, but quite different to both Red Hill’s beers or the HH version.(3.8)
New brewery version. Seems to have caught a mild case of boring. Hope it’s not terminal. Still a decent beer, but it seems the crystal malt has been upped significantly and the hops reduced. Still fairly hoppy, but not really any different to all the other hoppy Aus beers on the market, where it used to be utterly unique. (3.3)


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