highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - NOV 29, 2005
At last a decent US "micro" (yes, I’m aware of the irony considering the brewery’s output) reaches us here in the great Australian beer desert. With the recent surge in Australian-made APAs, It’s a pleasure to try one of the beers that defines the style. On my last Californian trip I sampled the Celebration Ale and Bigfoot but somehow overlooked this. It poured a classic burnt orange with a rocky 1cm head that showed only moderate retention. The aroma is where it comes to life: the glorious grapefruit tang of Cascade hops, pine resin, some soapy notes and some sort of wild honey strain. A nice, full mouthfeel gives way to a soapy-smooth finish. Shows some caramel malt upfront before developing that puckering, resinous gin’n’bitter lemon swallow. It’s a very smooth customer, not a rough edge in sight. Perhaps it’s local conditioning but I’m going to commit the mild heresy of agreeing with Allovate that this doesn’t quite match Little Creatures. (350ml bottle, IBS Perth, bb 7/7/06) Bailz316 (256) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Pours a golden amber with frothy white head. Citrusy aroma, orange the most prominent. Grapefruit most notable flavor on the palate. Hoppy. Finish is bitter and dry. A very nice refreshing beer. junkeee (22) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Very nice amber appearance with good clarity. Light tan head, fairly long lasting. Flowery yet smooth initial taste, gives way to a slightly more bitter, long lasting finish. The key word to everything about this ale is ’balance’. One taste and it is evident this is a very carefully crafted beer.
illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 28, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2005 I know this is a commercial beer, but it does not warrant the lower ratings. This to me is a classic american pale. Sure there are some better examples out there, but this is easy to get and always good. Amber in color, and very slight haze. Medium-high citrus aroma. Very nice balance of bitterness and maltiness. Slightly spicy finish. Solid beer that deserves a better score. loseratheart (110) - USA - NOV 28, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2006 Very well rounded beer. Full of citrus and hops. Smooth tasting with enjoyable palate. Not that versed with American Pale’s, but I was pleased. Hops were well represented with hints of caramel hops.
ihopgod (12) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2005
I’m not a huge pale ale fan but this is a great example of a good hoppy beer. Crisp hop bite, typical floral nose. All natural ingredients which is better than St. Louis urine. Choos (754) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - NOV 27, 2005
Aroma: malty, fresh hop and a touch of passionfruit and pine. Appearance: amber, tiny head and slightly hazy. Flavour: malty, hoppy flavour and bitterness. Nicelay balanced. A touch fruity and pine needly. Palate: medium and nicely carbonated with a bitter aftertaste. stouby (4666) - Holbæk, DENMARK - NOV 24, 2005
Bottle, at Delirium Cafe.
Orange with white head, mostly diminiishing, good lacings. Aroma moderate malty, heavy hoppy. Flavor moderate sweet, heavy bitter, long duration. Light to medium body, watery/oily, soft carbonated. High quality malt and hops (ecological), rich in taste. Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - NOV 20, 2005
Poured from bottle into shaker glass. Amber color with fizzy off-white head. Ok retention. Fairly carbonated.
Well hopped citrus aroma and taste. Maybe a little grassy. Light to medium body that was a tad watery, but not too bad. Clean hoppy citrus finish. A solid beer, but nothing to make me do backflips. ALLOVATE (3015) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 19, 2005
The first true APA that I have tried actually brewed in America and I can’t quite see the fuss. Australian examples seem to hold more resolve and this just came off playing second fiddle, or is it just the fact it cost me close to 9 AUD for a half pint. Pours a sparkling medium gold with a huge flurry of fine carbonation raising to an enormous cauliflower white head that continued to expand in the stein. I must say it looked good!! Tangy and juicy tangerine, guava, lime and grapefruit nose with an underlying hint of lawn clippings; normal by-products of the hops used. Seems to work though! Light in body and soft in carbonation becoming soapy as it warms. Spicy and tangy, fresh mix of citric fruits similar to the nose with a very light bready yeast note mid-palate and a hint of vanilla and toasted malt coming in when it warmed. Lightly bitter in the back; it did finish quite fresh and tangy. A decent pale ale, but really bog standard. Average!!! (35cL, 07/07/06, Int’l Beer Shop, W. Leederville)