highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - APR 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A seriously good summer session ale from one of RateBeer’s own. This brought a ray of sunshine to a bleak, rain-swept Sydney evening. "Summer in a bottle", according to my notes from the day. Golden Boy poured apricot-gold with a solid 1cm head that stayed like Phar Lap a furlong from the finish. Bread-sticks malts, passionfruit, Juicy Fruit chewing gum and blackcurrant tartness in the aroma, plus a faint marijuana herbal note. Presumably from the Sauvin? Some gooseberry greenness on the tongue, lychee and a lip-smacking bitterness. Very sessionable. The sample may have been a month or two past its best, according to its author, so I’d love to try a fresh batch on tap. (Bottle courtesy of Yalnikim - thanks Stu. Nice work.)
RogerRabbit (26) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 8, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Disappointing. For me the beer didn’t live up to the hype. A little hazy, light golden colour. Aroma is rather subdued. Healthy level of bitterness (that grapefuity bitterness), picked up malt charachters but lacking hop flavour.
bozoNZ (764) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden. light chillhaze that cleared pretty quick and nice fluff in the head. Ripe sweet fruit perfume, almost potpouri. Biscuity malt base builds the foundation for and well balanced fiesta - resinous piney warmth, a touch of citrus pith with lingering bitterness. Wonderful drinkability from such a simple beer.
nutpea (17) - , NEW ZEALAND - DEC 19, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted on tap at the malthouse, wow i really loved this, pours a golden summer in the glass fruity smell eminate from the glass inviting a taste, bitter finish that refreshes for yet another sip
thirstystirrer (15) - , NEW ZEALAND - DEC 15, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2008 yeah was good- off white head.more alcohol than i would like in a beer of this style
greig (253) - Hamilton, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 9, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is my idea of a great summer ale, although ideally I’d like a lower alc. version for quaffing in quantity. All the same, it’s a great beer. Slightly chill-hazed in the glass, but still attractive. On the nose and palate the Sauvin hops come through beautifully over a biscuity, nutty grain flavour. I love that you can really taste the grain in this beer despite the complex fruity hop flavours. This just tastes like summer.
Demise (57) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 8, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a pure golden with fluffy white head, which disappears within the few mouthfuls. The yeast comes through quite prominently on the nose, but there is sufficient hop and spice aromas to add some complexity. But both the appearance and aromas fail to live up to the true complexity of this summer style beer. The first mouthful delivers strong floral hop flavours which are incredibly prominent throughout. The malt character is also strong, balancing the hops perfectly and creating a very smooth and palatable beer. There are subtle, sweet honey and spiced ginger flavours which come through nearing the conclusion of every sip (or gulp when one is thirsty), with a beautiful herb finish. The beer never loses its complexity and is incredibly refreshing. Not as sweet as many of our local summer beers, which really works in its favour. Absolutely divine and incredibly drinkable.
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 8, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours golden as youd expect, with a pillowy off white head. Looks very nice with a small amount of chill haze. The aroma is very hoppy, almost like an IPA. These strong hops deliver a basket full of summery fruit to the nose, with a wee bit of malt on the side. The initial taste brings bitterness to the back of the tongue. Then, an explosion of grapefruit occurs leaving malt in its aftermath and finishing dry. Highly drinkable, tasty, complex summery beer.
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2009 re-rated after a weekend of drinking it by the flagon...what a damn tasty beer!!!!Tried on tap at liquidate. Pours a pure summer gold in the glass, overall an extraordinarily emotive beer this makes me dream of summer, im sitting in a dingy sort of winebar but in my minds eye im sitting in the sun in Richmond green watching the world go by. This is better than most of the summer ales ive ever tried, more body and flavour and certainly more bitterness. Right enough waffle...to flavours, took a while to coax some aroma out of this because i think it was served at minus 2 degrees, once it warmed floral and zesty slight pineapple aromas abound. Flavours are full with light fruit and vanilla, maybe a touch of butter and floral elderflower, finish is bitter and cleans out the palate just nicely so that another sip is inviting.