MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2008 Bottle (355ml). Poured a sparkling deep amber with red highlights and a creamy, slightly pinkish head, which was mostly lasting. Aroma was almost perfume like with spicy grassish hops, passion fruit, cherries and strawberries, hints sweet toffee and some malt. Taste was sweet and fruity with plums and cherrys, grassy hops, toffee and spices with with a dry, mild bitter finish which was very well balanced. Medium bodied with lively carbonation and a good finish. MelbBrewersJD (39) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 3, 2007
Very interesting beer. Loved the ruby colour. Would have liked more aroma and can’t say I got much wine character, not that it was an issue for me. Overall an interesting beer. madquacker (1143) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - DEC 1, 2007
Was a bit concerned on reading this had Shiraz in it!! Poured a nice copper hue with a small head. Another of the amercian pale ale variety with citrus and a nice dash of salt at the back. Good. gam (3924) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 28, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2008 Not a large head, goes fairly quick ,smell is certainly of grapes,colour light browny red has a smell and a taste that are so much alike.It is not my type of drink but still it is a good drink that has a good malt flavour coming through together withthe grape giving it a tang yness that is mourishing. Muggus69 (2491) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - OCT 13, 2007
Chilled 330ml bottle, twist top oddly enough. Spicey citrus aroma, lemon zest and grapefruit, seems like APA territory. Pours a nice looking clean ruby amber body with a creamy white head and lace. Moderate carbonation, full bodied, slightest tartness to it, but in not way deterring. Hop driven palate, spicey and zesty citrus hop character, underlying biscuity malts lending a bit of sweetness, a vinous note makes its presence towards the finish. Dry and a bit of roasted malt on the finish. Seems like a decently made APA with a twist, worth a try.
Dredd (938) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - OCT 5, 2007
Arguably the nicest aroma I have experienced in a beer. Huge fresh aromatic hops, i can’t detect a lot in the way of malts or fruit though. The flavour is primarily more of the hops that tapers off in to some pleasantly long fruity malts, as it warms it has a slightly grape/raisin finish pleasent but not sweet. I can only assume this subtlety is courtesy of the Barossa Shiraz.
This is an interesting follow on beer to the Knappstein Lager. Once again innovation is coming through from a wine label. The amazing thing is both are unique but at the same time highly enjoyable well crafted. It shows once again room exists for innovation in beer and that perhaps microbrewers can look past the IPA/Pale Ale/Wheat Beer/Lager/Stout options when coming to market.
Anyway enough of the editorial, back to the beer. voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 3, 2007
Surprisingly it doesn’t pour a beautiful crimson as you would expect a beer made with Shiraz juice, instead it’s a slightly darker shade of golden with a tightly packed white head. The aroma is nice, but doesnt show much Shiraz past a slightly vineous note, the main aroma is a big burst of fresh spicy hops and some light biscuit malt, it really smells good!
Full enough body, smooth in the mouth... flavours of spicy hops, sweet malt and some grain, maybe a little unripe fruit note too. Finish is hoppy and delicious... Pepperjack gimmick aside, this is an extremely tasty and well made beer. bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 26, 2007
Clear, bright honey coloured body with a good size head. Apples, dried fruit and a little bit of resin in the taste, very pleasant aroma and fairly light in the body. Seems to be mainy hop driven which is ok but you really have to look for the shiraz. This is a “Hand Crafted Ale” so it is got to be good.
sinkas (293) - Perth/Fremantle, AUSTRALIA - SEP 25, 2007
Loveley red coloured pour, with average white head. Spicy hoppy aromas, crisp linear bitterness with spritely hoppy tang, tough to really pick the shiraz in here, but overall very nice.