motelpogo (7704) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 10, 2003
at the brewhouse. competent little creatures clone. plenty of lychee in the aroma and pineapple juice body. sweeter than little creatures and lacking a little of its prickliness in the finish Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 8, 2008
Portland, Melbourne, Australia - Spring 2007
Lots of flowers in the aroma
A hint of caramel 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. 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. vanvenlo (1881) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUN 27, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2005 19 April 2004 (re-rated 29Oct2004)- Sweet but low floral hop fruit aroma. Hazy golden suds lacing and great lacing with a lasting head (re-rate low-low head retention). Flavour is slightly bitter grapefruit and some herbaceous (grassy). Palate is a bit flowery and a bit too stick to your mouth like Pride of Ringwood hop aftertaste for my liking. Thinish mouthfeel.
haddon90 (1634) - Newport Beach, California, USA - JUL 27, 2005
A good Pale Ale. I was happy with this one. Nice hoppy aroma, which is good! Copper color with a nice lasting head. Some tart fruit, hopsy. Not overpowering. Just well balanced. Almost like SNPA! 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) Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - MAR 2, 2005
I think there must be some yinning here to the yang I had yesterday. I am in Melbourne today and have had two pints of this with lunch. The first whiff said it was going to have some hop presence and it was spot on. The appearance firstly was a good hazy colour like a LC with the appropriate head. Very nice lacing in the pint glass all the way doen too. Flavour is the biggest revelation. Great hop presence and a genuine attempt at doing a sincere APA. While flowery the sharpness of the hop comes through. A great effort by the brewers who just have to replicate it in Sydney. eczematic (1325) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - SEP 28, 2003
pretty competent but predictable APA. passionfruit/lychee in aroma, also in taste accompanied by nice faintly biscuitty malt, with IBUs somewhere in the 30s. light and easy to drink. look what little creatures have spawned - every micro in australia's making one now. 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.