Brewed by Red Hill Brewery
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Red Hill, VIC, Australia
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
The brewers were knee deep in our hops for this special brew, using hops just harvested from our own vines which were then steeped in the vat of beer for months, this English style bitter has a real smack of hops to it, balanced by a luscious maltiness and strength of 6%.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kearnsy (68) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 22, 2009
From the bottle, dark copper with off white head that lasts really well. Sweet fruity aromas, with hop residue or pine needles. Flavour is fruit and sweet malt blending together nicely. Well carbonated. medium bodied. Slight astringent sour aftertaste the only let down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Davros (3028) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 19, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2013 Pour quite a dark amber/earthy copper, with a big, long-lasting head. Aroma contain lots of fruity hops (classic citrus notes with some tropical hints) and a fair bit of resin and pine. Lots of clean sweet malt underneath and a hint of diacetyl brings you back to English territory. Flavours are a mix of sweet caramel malt, earthy and spicy hops and a mild hoppy bitterness that lingers all around the mouth. Slightly too much carbonation. Great aroma, but theres some off-putting characteristic in the lingering bitterness that detracts from the overall experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 2, 2008
Misty dark amber to copper pour,good frothy head,with decent carbonation.Strong malt aroma,plenty of hoppiness,honey note,biscuit,toffee,.flavour good malt,tangy,hop bitterness is good,hops have gret flavour,slight creaminess with the malt.Citrus taste verynice,just right,hop and malt really good with a bitterness on the tongue at the finish,very good ,slightly dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 18, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2008 Enters the glass a deep amber colour that is rather murky and sports a somewhat large collar of foam. Aromas are quite bold, with tropical fruit notes emerging supported by some spicy floral hops. Palate distinguishes significant peach and apricot flavours with crystal malt hinitng at sweetened caramel, resiny hop bitterness supporting and rounding out the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Lunkie (1882) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 27, 2008
UPDATED: APR 18, 2015 Mango malt aroma. Clear red amber colour with poor head and lacing. Sour malt flavour with very bitter aftertaste. Flat palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 11, 2007
Large off-white head on top of a murky, dark honey brown coloured body. Big hoppy aroma with lovely bitterness in the taste, plenty of hop characters coming through and backed well with the malts. Quite a good beer although I couldnt drink a lot at once.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dredd (861) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - SEP 8, 2007
Great beer, enourmous white head that lingers with a murkey brown body. Mainly hoppy/floral notes to the aroma, but the flavour in this one is the main turn on. Delicious balance of bitterness, malt and alcohol. The main upfront flavours seem to be a slight breadiness/stonefruit before the hops kick in with some pleasent bitterness that finishes quite long with the darker toffee notes in the malt coming though. Very pleasent, not too in your face like a Beast IPA and it is good to see that the alcohol was kept in check. too much more and it would certainly off balance. Best yet from Red Hill.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2007
Pours murky amber with a huge foamy head. Aroma is fantastic and unexpected. Huuge floral hops, yeast, tropical esters, earthy malts and a slight toffee too. Magnificent feel in the mouth, soft smooth carbonation, light sweetness balanced out by some pleasant bitterness. Fresh flavours of crystal malts, resiny hops, lots more fruity esters and nuttiness. Its way more Belgian than English in my opinion, bit still very hard to define. The finish is light and hoppy, very smooth, surprisingly a touch dry and extremely drinkable. What a beer! hats off to Red Hill

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 30, 2007
Surprised to see I havent rated this already - I really liked last years version. This sample was from a fresh 2007 bottle, and was in very good condition. Rich copper colour with an excellent foamy head. Distinct artificial peach aroma with floral, perfumey (shampoo?) esters, sweet fruity malt and dusty spices like some kind of brown Belgian beer or something. Lovely aroma, but youll notice that I didnt mention any hop aroma. Weird. More sweet, peachy malt flavour with a rather late developing, tangy, firm hop flavour which plays beautifully with the sweetness and fruit. The finish is a bit rough and even moderately astringent. Really fresh, fruity and fun stuff, just jumping with flavour. This is one beer that carries its sweetness very well. More local breweries need to brew gutsy stuff like this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vanvenlo (1803) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 30, 2007
19 Jul 2006 - (Victorian Microbrewers Showcase) - Sweet light fruit with a hint of sour spice. Light cloudy, brown-amber colour, ordinary head and suds lacing. Weird hop and light fruit malt flavour. Bitter big hop finish but a bit thin.

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