mattyhennessy (376) - Highton, AUSTRALIA - SEP 4, 2014
Pours a red amber with a beige head that holds well. Fruity was cascade aroma with some light biscuity malt. Taste is very floral with some and pine, with a light malt backbone. Bready and biscuity. This is pretty much an IPA, without quite enough malt to make it so. One for the hop heads. davidm (2080) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 2, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2011 On tap at the Portland hotel. Very good hoppy APA. Aromas of grass and caramel. Taste is bitter, with good length. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Amber, with a frothy head. Zenwolf (269) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 2, 2010
Draught. Very hopsy.. more like an IPA then a APA. Slightyl orange mid-amber color with a decent head and moderate lacing. definate floral hops in the nose and in the taste. Fairly bitter with a bit of citrus to balance. Good brew. UnholyBrewing (595) - Central Florida(Upper Hell), Florida, USA - APR 21, 2008
...weird, hopped out beer. The flavor is too much, and overpowering, but a couple are alright. Spicy hop start, and finish, slightly dry and malty. I would drink this interesting beer again. Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 8, 2008
Portland, Melbourne, Australia - Spring 2007
Lots of flowers in the aroma
A hint of caramel
Rizzo (13) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 2, 2007
Drink this if you want to know what Amarillo hops taste like. Big grapfruit like flavours and aromas. Great for a few but I struggle to get past the second pint - pallate fatigue. ChrisTurner (207) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 8, 2007
UPDATED: APR 7, 2008 I had this at James Squire in Melbourne as part of the "tasting paddle" of six beers. The other five -- Amber Ale, Golden Ale, India Pale Ale, Porter and The Criac -- were all very pleasant, but this one really stood out. So I followed the paddle with a pint.
The fruitiness as it goes down is delicious and that beautiful hoppy aftertaste stays with you for ages afterwards. A really delightful beer. highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JUN 12, 2006
Australia’s hoppiest beer? The current batch at the Melbourne Portland Hotel brewhouse may well be. The abv has dropped to 4.9%, but this packs plenty of punch. Why don’t they bottle this, rather than the insipid Hop Thief? This demonstrates that the brewers can produce something special when the suits let them. Better than Little Creatures? I think so, marginally. It has more guts and flavour. That said, a couple of pints was ample - this may be the first beer in Australia where "hop burn" might be a hazard after a session. Bravo! It’s a hazy bright orange-gold with a lacing head. The aroma is all grapefruit rind and pineapple juice. In the mouth, it’s tart and resinous - almost sticky in the finish. Thick Amarillo flavours of grapefruit and passionfruit. Not much in the way of malt that I could discern - this is all about the hops. Haven’t seen this at the Sydney brewhouse. Apparently it’s only occasionally available in Melbourne, which seems nuts. Thanks Mullet for introducing me to this tasty treat. (Draught at Portland Hotel brewhouse, Melbourne, with Mullet) Dredd (938) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - MAY 27, 2006
Brilliant fruity pale ale. great hoppy aromas and bitterness, the style is similar to most JS beers where the sweet front palate initial taste transfers to a rather hoppy aftertaste. The herbal/hoppy resinous aftertaste is most enjoyable in this one. Stew41 (2025) - Phuket, THAILAND - MAR 16, 2006
Light caramel, good lacing (again). Slightly cloudy. Citrusy nose with floral notes. Big hop driven palate in the Australian context. Aromatic, green herbal notes, finishes a touch hard in the nicest possible way. Good stuff from a generally over-rated producer.