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Mad Brewers TEN20 Commemorative Ale

Formerly brewed at Malt Shovel Brewery (Lion Co.)
Style: Imperial IPA
Sydney, Australia
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.55/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 237   ABV: 7.9%
Chuck Hahn and the Mad Brewers have developed a very limited edition, rich ale as a celebration of 20 years of achievements brewing in Australasia. Brewed with pale, Munich and carapils malts and hopped with deranged amounts of Australian hops (Galaxy and Super Pride) and American hops (Simcoe and Sterling), this gorgeous deep copper-coloured ale represents a blend of the imperial pale ale and barley wine styles. Dry hopping with NZ Pacific Hallertau creates the perfect herbaceous nose. The 60 BUs of bitterness is tempered by the 7.9 %ABV and the ale delivers a divine satisfaction with massive maltiness and ripe fruit esters.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, - MAY 6, 2009
Bottle (640ml). Poured copper with a good sized, dense, foamy, off-white head which lasted well. Aroma was of sweet tropical hops with pineapple, grapefruit, mango, caramel malts and some earthy notes. Flavor was a good yet shortly lived spicy hop bitterness with caramel malts, ripe peaches, ripe nectarines, pineapple rings, grapefruit, pepper, hints of toffee, light woody notes and some hop resin in the finish. Well hidden alcohol content. Medium bodied with a dry hoppy mouthfeel, syrupy texture and a short lived finish. Reminds me a lot of Flying Dogs Double Dog Double Pale Ale only with half the hops and ABV, although still very good value at $10 for 640ml. I had a second bottle which I paired with spicy beef rissoles a true match made in haven. I think Imperial IPA is being a little generous, seemed more along the lines of an American Strong Ale or a Barley Wine IMO.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bugger (1) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 13, 2014 does not count
I bought a 6 pack (640 mL bottles) back when this was released in late 2009 and drank my last bottle today. Im surprised that it is described as a double/imperial IPA. Its always been a barley wine style ale... Caramel notes. The hops have vanished in some hazy memory. Its a good drop but unfortunately unobtainable...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jdpeebs (686) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 14, 2012
640ml Bottle. A rich and malty ale with a little hit of alcohol. The beer ends with a lingering hop bitterness. A very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fletchfighters (1424) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 12, 2012
Lighter style US barleywine Classic DIPA nose as lots of tropical fruits on the nose, as well as quite hoppy. Taste follows nose but the barleywine body follows the hops as get a big carmel malt body. Not as thick or chewy as the US style but captures the idea well. Lighter body, low carbonation but quite good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Liquidsunshine (8) - Kobe, JAPAN - JUN 13, 2011 does not count
Just tasted the last bottle in the case. The extra time in the bottle has done wonders for this beer. Resin and toffee on the nose. Tropical fruit with warming alcohol and banana lollies. Nice long finish. Wish I had cellared another case.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (23722) - Malm, SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2011
Bottle @ Paps. Pours a hazy pale orange color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity spicy yeasty caramel aroma. Fruity malty hoppy flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fonefan (44976) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2010

Bottle 640ml.

Unclear medium amber orange color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to light heavy malty, caramel, sweet sweet malt, toffee, sweet alcohol. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a average to long duration, fruity hop bitter, sweet sweet malt. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20101024]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2010
Bottle at Papss -- Thanks. Cloudy red/amber - red berries, nutty, soapy, fruity, zesty, bitterness, dryness, hoppy bitterness, herbal. Ok

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joergen (26354) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2010
Bottle at Paps. Hazy orange red coloured with a small off-white head. Sweet aroma of caramel with notes of burnt sugar and hops. Sweet flavour of caramel, burnt sugar, hops and grass. Sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (34945) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2010
Bottled. An unclear dark amber beer with a thin beige head. The aroma has notes of over ripe fruits, malt, and straw. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, and straw, leading to a bitter finish. The body is light.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pinball (11959) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2010
cloudy brown, small white head. sweet malty aroma. flavor is strong, caramelly, malty, faint spices.

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