Sail & Anchor / Karl Strauss The Bloke Red Ale

Formerly brewed at Sail & Anchor Brewery
Style: Amber Ale
Fremantle, Australia


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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.46/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Australia holds a special place in our hearts here at Karl Strauss Brewing Company. After all, while on a trip through Australia it was the Sail & Anchor Hotel that provided the inspiration to start a brewery in San Diego. (...) Medium body with well balanced malt and hop characteristics. Pours a bright red hue in the glass, with lingering hoppy, grapefruit and tangerine aromas.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkel07 (5683) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 19, 2014
640ml bottle from Dan Murphys 190614. Good solid red in colour. Almost like a scotch ale. Big full mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 6, 2014
Medium frothy head deep amber pour aromas citrus rich malts the flavours medium strong bitter grapefruit toffee caramel pine grassy note crisp on the palate the finish nice ale good hops rich malts lasting bitter decent ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawthorne00 (3811) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 28, 2014
Bottle, 10C. Clear amber with an off white head that never disappears. Aroma is a little earthy with toffee, some chocolate, plums, oranges. Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Sweet toffee, a little toasty, chocolate. Quite firm spicy, citrus and slight tropical flavours with bitterness kicking in quite early. Tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 1, 2014
Bottle. Very malt driven with toffee biscuit, mild herbal notes and old orange. Needs a bit more hop to it as it finishes a little stale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ALLOVATE (2981) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 9, 2014
A bit of a monster of an ale to be honest. Left wondering how the collab. came about and whether it is legit in credible aspects. Anyway, into a tulip it went. This simply shimmers in the glass. A deeply vibrant ruddy copper with no carbonation evident and donned with a soppy off-white mess of suds. Resinous, woody and herbaceous nose encompasses an entire pineforest; soil, wood, sap and leaves. There is a touch of rose water, eucalypt and pot pourri with just an inkling of tangerine flesh. Bi-polar as far as palate. Chewy, sweet, biscuity malts dominate here. Light touch of saline. Mild, dryly herbal hoppiness to the finish. Rather short with lapping floral notes. Sweetens rapidly as it warms but avoids the expected cloying notes. Good body, big and soft, creamy and frothy. A lofty, roasted nut flavour develops late into drinking. I actually quite like this one. Not sessionable by a long shot but I would challenge that and give it nudge. Impressed! (64cL, BB 06/07/15, Dan Murphys Currambine)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Muggus69 (2363) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - SEP 1, 2014
640mL BB 06/02/2015 Pours a very attractive red copper body, good clarity with a dense off-white head hanging around. Not a lot on the nose; biscuity, nutty malts, some resiny & grapefruit hop notes in there. Medium-full body, moderate carbonation, certainly doesnt feel 6% Markedly more hoppy on the palate; plenty of citrus rind, caramels, nuts, toastiness, with a good bitterness with lingering woody hop spice. Quite nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
StevieT (1937) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 22, 2014
From a bottle. Pours a clear red/brown, off white head, balanced hop and malt aroma, typical red ale flavours. A very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vanvenlo (1842) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAY 14, 2014
Dan Murphy bottle (14-May-2014) Sweet fruit herbal aroma. Clear red colour,low head&suds lace. Sweet herbal cider flavour.Fruit spice flavour&pepper finish, fruit aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
KeefOz (1785) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - MAR 30, 2014
Tasted 28/3/2014. Draught at Young & Jacksons, Melbourne. Poured a deep coppery red colour with a one- to two-finger off-white frothy head that retained very well and laced well. Carbonation moderate with medium to large bubbles forming many trails. Aroma initially malty then followed by fruity hops which dominates. Taste of very pleasant fruity hops as well as sweet caramels. Medium body. Smooth, fruity, a bit sweet but very different/nicer to many other red ales tasted.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fletchfighters (1493) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 10, 2014
640 ML bomber Dark ruby with some orange highlights. Light tan head. Great appearance and body to head. Slowly recedes to a thick foam and leaves a thick soap like residue. Nose is malty at first. Earth, toffee, wood, and some dark cherry notes. Once warmed up get more citrus notes and more along the line that it was hopped pretty well. Taste is more like a fruit cake really at first. Some wood, cherry, orange peel, raisin and a lot of toffee. Pungent, dank, then just plain aggressive orange and grapefruit finish it off. Bitterness just climbs as the beer gets warmer and the malt character is more enveloped by the hops/ Full bodied for 6%. Almost chewy in some ways, medium carbonated. Nice beer that changes and develops well as I drank on. Good stuff

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