LesArgen (360) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 8, 2012
Ooh, ah. Isn’t this a special IPA? From the moment it pours all cloudy and dark into the glass, the experience of drinking the Horns Up is a beauty. The aroma is surprisingly dry for an IPA, with few floral notes to speak of - this sure isn’t an APA derivative. Predominantly I smell biscuit, honey and citrus, but it’s neither grapefruit or lemon - I can’t quite put my finger on it. When drunk, a smooth malty (is it the influence of the rye as well) blanket spreads across the tongue before the dry hops descend and rip down the back of the throat. Refreshing, tart and delicious. jdpeebs (686) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 1, 2012
Had on tap at the Brewery. Great citrus hop aromas. Nice cloudy appearance, finishing with a wonderful lingering hop bitterness. Davros (3187) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 23, 2012
Pours dark amber with a small head.
Nose shows restrained (for an IPA) hops, mainly spicy and grassy. A touch of spicy rye surfaces too.
Very aggressive flavours, with a powerful bitterness dominating throughout. Very sharp with lots of pine. Hardly any malt to balance things out. Somewhat one-dimensional.
Hits the IPA mark in terms of bitterness, but not particularly interesting. Comes off as sharp and abrasive. Gramoit (490) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2012
Growler from Beer Cartel Artarmon. Initial impressions of this was that this was going to be a extremely tasty beer, due to the excellent passionfruit and hoppy aroma. Unfortunately the taste left lots to desire, unbalanced with plenty of bitterness and grapefruit. Stew41 (2025) - Phuket, THAILAND - JUL 8, 2012
Not a bad effort from a new comer but doesn’t quite get there. Aromas are the real deal; lifted fresh herbal hops with some assertiveness and bitterness. Good start but falls down a little in the palate; the bitterness remains but hops are quite hard and disjointed that the body of the beer just doesn’t match. Sticks out and seems rough. Still, you are left in no doubt that this a hoppy beer.
hawthorne00 (3953) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 31, 2012
Bottle. Hazy amber with a large, loose white head that collapses. Aroma of grapefruit, passionfruit, nectarines. Taste is fairly bitter with some rye breadiness and spices as well. Some peach and pepper, but dominated by grapefruit. The hop and malt/rye flavours don’t seem to complement each other all that well and it comes across as tasty but a bit rough and disjointed. Maris (1515) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - MAY 4, 2012
From a 330ml bottle on 4/5/2012. Pours a light cloudy golden, not unlike a Coopers Pale, with a big thick head. Has a lovely fruity (passionfruit and nectarine), floral hop aroma. This hop forward with a big grapefruit bitterness presented against a moderately sweet background of citrus fruit and honey. The rye really does come through at the end, with some distinct pepper notes. A quality Aussie IPA. Jessop (207) - AUSTRALIA - APR 18, 2012
This ultra fresh brewery sample fill pours light apricot and turbid in appearance with a decent head that turns mimimal over time. Whilst appraising the aroma I notice soft carbonation with small champange like bubbles. The aroma is all hops, it totally dominates precedings here. The flavour profile is somewhat well rounded with some pleasant dextrinous mouthfeel, buscuity malt and plenty of hop flavour. It finishes quite smooth with some residual sweetness and plenty of hop flavour. mkel07 (5988) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 8, 2012
330ml bottle. Big fluffy dirty whitehead atop an orange sunset amber base. Lots of pine and citrus at aromas that are pleasing to the nose and make you anticipate what’s to follow. Full flavoured with a big body and fruity flavour. gav12c (119) - Wollongong, AUSTRALIA - MAR 9, 2012
heavily carbonated, foams up quick and high.pours like cloudy honey with fruity hops on the nose.lots of citrus upfront with subtle malt at the back.finishes with a good bitterness, not a bad ipa.