mkel07 (6239) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 13, 2010
330ml bottle. Rich deep dark copper colour with a thick creamy foam head that sits nicely on top and lasts. Nutty caramel aroma gives an indication of what is to follow in the taste. Smooth, mellow and pleasant on the palate. Very drinkable, tasty and moreish. davidm (2081) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 24, 2010
UPDATED: APR 25, 2012 On tap at the terminus. Nice and malty. Aromas of nuts, and caramel. Taste has a sweet start, with bitter notes, and average length. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Brown, with a frothy head. bendybenbeer (39) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 7, 2010
Bottle. Pours a dark mahogany, with small off white head. Aroma is of malt, alcohol, and maybe a little hops... I was expecting more hops, but only because of the name... Flavour is nicely layered, with a little alcohol kick at the end, maybe a tad too much for an ESB? Bitterness is nice. Carbonation in this bottle was way too high. Overall, a little confusing for me... but still good. hawthorne00 (4064) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 6, 2010
UPDATED: APR 23, 2014 [4/10] Tap at brewery. Dirtyish copper with a thick cream head. Aroma of flowers, grass and a little citrus with deep malts behind. Taste is layered dark malty sweetness with firm bitterness. Finish has volatile aromatic bitterness and some alcohol. I would have thought this an English Strong Ale without the benefit of the list at the bar - it’s full of robust flavours and feels boozier than 6%. This is a hoppy beer, but as ever with Red Hill they don’t get silly with the hops: the malt side is plenty big enough to handle the aromatics and the bitterness.jimmythechippy (90) - , AUSTRALIA - JAN 13, 2010
[rerate: leaving score unchanged, just a bottle note] Bottle. Clear copper, nicely-lacing light beige head. Aroma of grass and caramel. Nice complex malt sweetness with decent balancing bitterness. Good, but a lot less vibrant than on tap.
Cask at Red Hill. Swan neck and sparkler. Certainly looked great and had a creamy mouthfeel, but the hops popped rather less.
drunk fresh at the brewery, every year. always good and amazing hop profile. lacks same depth in bottle....
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 1, 2009
Bottle. Pours clear, dark amber with a large, creamy white head that lasts ages. Aroma has notes of malt, toffee, pine and some tropical fruit. Flavour mirrors the aroma and has a nice balance between the malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel and a longish dry finish. A very nice beer overall but the name led me to expect a hoppier brew. Not that the hops are lacking, but this isn’t exactly the hop bomb that it sounds like. jonno (2877) - JAPAN - OCT 31, 2009
This has that malty taste that I have noticed in quite a few aussie beers that just doesn’t really agree with me. Crystal malt maybe? Anyway this is quite a full heavy beer. Big biscuit and caramel mouth full. Hops are not upfront and serve more as a balance to the body. Not really what I was expecting. Solid ESB, but not a particularly good showcase for the hops. nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - OCT 31, 2009
Bottle. Pours hazy amber with a creamy white head. Instantly upon pour the sweet malty tones hits the nose, plenty of caramel malt, toffee and fruit. The flavour follows the same, with a smooth bitter mouthfeel balancing this one out nicely. Good carbonation in the bottle and finishes sweet malty. A tasty ESB. TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 24, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2009 Bottle (in NZ). Pours a hazy mahogony brown with a frothy head. Rich toffee malt nose, with stewed fruits. The toffee malt also has biscuity characteristics, but is dominated by woody and burnished qualities and a staleness. Hop notes are fruity and vanilla. Something makes me like this more than I think I should. yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 17, 2009
Tasted 15/09/2009. 330ml bottle. Interesting ale. Oxidised and thinning out with high carbonation is has lost most, if not all, of it’s "hop harvest" vitality - assuming it once had some - but it still stands up well as a very drinkable and interesting ale. Deep rose gold with a slightly musky perfume in the aroma. Muted tropical fruit and oxidised caramel malt to the fore, with some peppery hop flavour left, carbonic edge and subtle bitterness cleaning out the finish. Certainly more English than most new world hoppy ales tend to be. Worth further investigation, to be sure.