Beershine (5224) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 11, 2008
Bottle, special procurement. Dark amber. Small white head. Aromas of tropical fruit, including lots of pineapple. Body is far more woodsy, with a nice lingering but clean finish. MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - JAN 10, 2008
Draught at the Redoak 6.5%. Let this one warm up for a good 20 min prior to drinking. Arrived a hazy amber with bronze highlights and a creamy white head which was mostly diminishing. Aroma was of grassy hops, passionfruit, grapefruit, caramel and notes of pine needles in the back. Taste was a firm hoppy bitterness with some grassy notes, passion fruit, orange citrus and some resin notes in the finish. Medium bodied with a dry texture, soft carbonation, and a good finish. Despite other ratings this IPA needed more hops. Pyobon (1481) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 14, 2007
Tap at Redoak. Looks fine - nice colour and head. Nice hoppy aroma and good palate. A little too bitter for the my taste and I think for the style. But a nice beer and it is good to find a beer in Australia with this style and bravado. bozoNZ (778) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 31, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2010 Tap at the Redoak. Copper bronze, nice full firm head. Big fuggles nose. Brassy, grassy & resinous, sweet & full mouthtfeel. For a hop-head like myself I love this. Bravo...
Re-rated 8/1/10 (bottle). Very classy. Oozes goodness. Sweet, subtle and sophisticated - best beer of the year so far! eczematic (1325) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - MAR 20, 2007
i dont know if it’s chill haze from the 1C serving temp but this was quite cloudy. small head. nose has a surprisingly citric element - i was surprised this was all UK hops. in the mouth aggressively peppery and bitter and very thick and chewy malt. as others have said this isn’t as drinkable as an IPA should be, more like it’s trying to make a point with sheer heft - which in itself is a welcome change for the beers at this place - but they still like their malt sweetness a bit too much here. still i will have to come back to try this when they have it on cask.
Stew41 (2066) - Phuket, THAILAND - FEB 23, 2007
Near identical head to the kolsch - thick creamy, whiter than white. Attractive nose; a well itegrated combo of sweet fruitiness and green nettles from the hops. Very, very similar characters to taste in the front and middle palate. The finish, however, is dominated by quite a fierce hoppy / bitter punch. Resin-like notes linger on the tongue for a long time. Might be a touch aggressive and blocky on the finish but kudos to the brewery for having the guts to deliver a genuinely sharp and hoppy IPA. duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 5, 2007
[email protected]motelpogo (7704) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 26, 2006
The hoppiest beer they’ve made, and a very pleasant one. Even while being fairly hoppy, its still quite balanced between the hop and malt, which actually, i guess, makes it more drinkable, but perhaps less what i expect in an IPA. This shows some lovely lightly floarl, citric hops, while never going over the top. Nice.
bottled, brewtopia, melbourne. tasted in early may, a fair while before its official release so it may well be a pretty different beer now. anyways, it reminded me of what i would like to expect from an english ipa when i read all that boring crap on the label about how all the hops were chucked in so the beer would survive the long blah blah blah. actually has plenty of bitterness, a touch metallic but also some nice floral notes. amber, full in the mouth, a pretty good effort Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 11, 2006
Tap at Redoak: My good mate Kristian and I were the first in the door - before they had actually opened in fact - such was our thirst this day. Warm sun, a bit of walking, and previous readings of the ratings for this one prompted me to go for it first, and it didn’t dissapoint. Darkish copper with a slight haze, and a thick off-white head. Like all Redoak beers it looks excellent. As always, Redoak’s annoyingly icy serving temperatures meant some of the aroma was masked initially. As it warmed a very pleasant mix of floral and fruit aromas developed, followed by some grainy crystal sweetness. Nice! Tangy hop flavours dominate the palate to begin. There’s no mistaking the attempted style, and it is done quite nicely. I found that this was exceptionally balanced by a soothing crystal sweetness, while late palate some sweet herbs and apricot notes emerged fading to a lingering resinous herbal bitterness. Very nice and very well done. SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 23, 2006
On tap at the brewpub. Pours golden amber with a thin and fleeting white head. has a berry-like aroma with a bit of a medicinal bling. A very nice peppery hop bitterness settles on the tongue. The palate is quite drying for a beer with such a medium level of boiling hops. A strange splash of quinine emerges mid palate. A mild hop citrus lingers on the palate long after the beer leaves you. Overpriced and under produced. The beer at this place is by no means the best in Australia.