mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 30, 2007
Surprised to see I haven’t rated this already - I really liked last year’s 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 you’ll notice that I didn’t 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. davidm (2080) - 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. 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 DavidAust (275) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 26, 2016
330ml bottle into a Pokal glass. Aroma leans more to the malt than hops - a hint of something akin to vannilla but not quite. Delicious sweet tasting beer - but much more bitter when cold. Also when cold it was bitter upfront with a hint of banana - when warming all malt sweetness. Much nicer as it warms. Good drop. Dredd (939) - 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.
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 couldn’t drink a lot at once. hawthorne00 (3949) - 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.LesArgen (360) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 17, 2012
[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.
There’s a lovely malty, doughy aroma to this, followed by some subtle tropical fruit and finished off with the slightest hint of lemon zest.
On the tongue, there’s honey and a slight taste of chocolate. The finish is lemon and mint with a burnt toast taste, but that’s a better mix than you’d think. A nice, full-bodied ale. M_Sack (720) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 25, 2013
Hop Harvest Ale 6.0% special autumn release.
Hand pumped, creating a flat beer with a really creamy, hoppy head with plenty of malt to finish the beer-esb style. Fantastic beer on tap at the brewery but rated out of the bottle for this score
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone mkel07 (5963) - 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.