BarossaLuke (552) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 6, 2009
I noticed that this is now called Reserve Alpha Pale Ale and i wasnt sure if it was a special release. Turns out its not, they’ve just tweaked the label’. Had a good citrus hop aroma, nice and fruity. Palate is well balanced with sweet maltiness and hop bitterness that is well integrated. Would drink again. hawthorne00 (3955) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 6, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2015 [11/09] Bottle. Bronze, medium light beige head. Tight hop nose, with citrus zest, clean malts, hard herbs and maybe cloves. Taste has very fruity malts. Vaguely medicinal and long bitter aftertaste. Perhaps a little light on the malt and alcohol given the inviting aroma. Good. [3.7]davidm (2080) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 27, 2009
[11/10] Bottle. Copper, nice off-white to beige head that fades a bit but laces well. Aroma has kumquats, pine, caramel, slight spices. Quite assertive initial bitterness, nectarine and caramel. Medium bitter finish has citrus with some herbal and pine notes.
[5/14] Bottle. Had a rather dull one of these at the Port Melbourne brewery a while ago, so pleased to see this is still working well. Still a bit overpriced, but a lovely beer that’s been around for a long time.
Tap. It works at all levels. Hops are predominant in the aroma, providing fruitiness and a floral feel; but there is also sweet malt in the nose. Sweetness dominates the flavour, with a long bitter finish taking over. Medium body, very gentle mouthfeel. Darl red colour, clear body, frothy and long-lasting head. Dervock (1347) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 4, 2009
Bottle - Pours a lovely rich caramel colour, with an of white frothy head. Big floral hop aroma, with a herbal hint, I get Basil, also a touch of sweet caramel. The first taste is ver hoppy and floral, but the hops are way too bitter upfront for my liking, it makes this feel really off balance. It takes a while for the bitterness to die down and a nice floral aftertaste to come through. Nice enough beer but somethings just not right for me. kenbeer (46) - , AUSTRALIA - JUL 11, 2009
Have had this beer many times and not been impressed, but for some unknown reason i bought another bottle and ...WOW. Big woody and piney hop nose from a copper coloured beer with good foam and just the right amount of caramel malt balance. Not sure why past bottles had been so bland... perhaps it has been a freshness issue given the pricing on a 6 pack.
Nicko (223) - Ashfield, AUSTRALIA - JUN 17, 2009
Bottle, bloody thing, 1/3 of it jumped out and all over the table and floor. Nice warm colour, fairly thin head. Thin body too. Sweet and floral, mild bitterness. Not doing much for me, will re-rate when my swine flu has past. Overpriced. nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - JUN 7, 2009
Draught at Platform Bar, Brisbane. Pours hazy amber with a creamy white head. Fantastic aroma of caramel, grapefruit, gooseberry and pine needles. The flavour is caramel, fruit and piney resinous hops. Medium bodied with good hop bitterness. I’ve enjoyed this on numerous occasions and was impressed with the fresh quality it was served. Very nice indeed. mkel07 (5995) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 27, 2009
345ml bottle. Golden amber in colour with a thick white foamy head. Fairly clear with a nice aroma of citrus, hops and spiced fruit. Bitterness in the flavour, almost tart, strong on the palate with a good body and texture. bendybenbeer (39) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 17, 2009
On tap at Cookie. Pored nice copper/amber colur, with short lasting off-white head. Nice aroma of hops, but not really ’wow-factor’ smell. Palate has classic APA flavour, with citrus fruits balancing well malts & initial bitterness. Found the aftertaste somewhat aggressive and harsh, almost resiny. And for the price, I’d rather go a small independent than this big guy pretending to be one. jonno (2771) - JAPAN - APR 7, 2009
Now this is more like it. A full bodied, reasonably hoppy plae ale. One of the hoppier beers i have tried in Australia...not saying that much. I enjoyed this and was the pick of the night