Hargreaves Hill ESB 5.2% Alcohol

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

Poured into a glass with an above average sized head which slowly faded down to leave a thick lace covering. Dark amber in colour and clear although the liquid appeared to contain suspended solids throughout. The aroma was plentiful with cinnamon, toffee, brown sugar, caramel, citrus and bread notes abound.

The body is fairly solid on this beer with a slightly creamy mouth feel, although the hops dominate this beer on the palate in a big way. An aggressive bitterness kicks in pretty much straight away and seems to dominate all the way to the back. In the flavour department the malt seems to bring toffee, caramel and oranges notes, while the hops are full of resinous grapefruit, pine and tropical fruit notes.


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3 Ravens Bronze – 4.6% Alcohol

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

Poured a hazy copper colour, a low level of carbonation and a medium sized beige head, with lots of small floaties floating around in the liquid (hops maybe?).

On the nose earthy hop notes are accompanied with a variety of malt driven smells including marmalade, toffee, caramel, bread and toffee.

On the palate the flavour follows very closely the theme set by the aroma, being dominated by malt notes namely caramel, bread, roasted nuts, toffee along with some mild citrus brought to the party by the English style hops.

Verdict: Well balanced, with a great body and mouth feel, a highly drinkable brew in the colder months, and a solid English style Pale Ale.

Score: 8.0 / 10

Link: 3 Ravens

Where to buy: The 3 Ravens Bronze along with the rest of their range can be purchased directly from their website.

Related content: 3 Ravens Blond

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Otway Organic Lager – 4.5% Alcohol

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Over the last decade people have become more concerned with what they are putting into their bodies and the effect its production had on the planet. Brewing beer is traditionally a very resource hungry process and it has been good to see brewers trying to limit their use of planets resources. Mountain Goat has recently installed water tanks at their brewery for drinking water and solar panels on their roof to help with electricity consumption, and fortunately they are not alone.

The Otway Lager contains only organic certified hops, malt and rainwater captured at the estate and promises the drinker a preservative free experience. In a glass the Lager appears pale gold in colour with a medium level of carbonation and medium size head which didn’t hang around long before dying off completely.

The aroma is very fresh with mint, fresh cut grass, cloves, coriander notes on the nose. On the palate some banana, mango, pepper, bread and coriander notes laid over slightly sweet base. The Otway Lager is well balanced and ends extremely clean lending a lot it to its sessionabilty.

Verdict: Not as crisp as I would have hoped, the beer is still very good though the base malts work beautifully.

Score: 7.6 / 10

Link: Otway Estate

Where to find: Short of heading south of the border to Victoria, you can purchase their range online at the Otway Estate website.

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Mildura – Storm Cloudy Ale – 4.5% Alcohol

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

After pouring into a glass the Mildura Storm Cloudy Ale is a hazy golden amber colour with a medium level of carbonation and a good sized white loosely packed head up top. On the nose citrus notes from the hops predominate although cloves, spice, bread and honey are not too hard to detect.

On the palate citrus orange and caramel notes lead the way with more citrus (lemon and lime) coming through in the taste as the beer progresses. This brew ends fairly clean with just a slight residual sweetness and a mild tart sensation.

Verdict: This is the third time I have tried the Mildura Storm Cloudy Ale and every time it has left me disappointed, the taste just seems a bit off balance. Love the rest of the Mildura Breweries range, the Storm Cloudy Ale is definitely not my cup of tea though.

Score: 6.7 / 10

Link: http://www.mildurabrewery.com.au/

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Red Duck Overland Bright Ale 4.5% Alcohol

Monday, December 14th, 2009


Decanted into a glass this beer is clear, bright gold in colour with a with a good sized white fluffy head around 3cm high. On the nose this brew is packed with character, consisting of citrus, apple, melon notes accompanied by a hint of vanilla.

Caramel, toffee and honey flavours dominate the palate along with a medium mouth feel. Citrus notes also make their presence known toward the back of the palate before the beer ends with a dry finish.

Verdict: One of the most enjoyable beers i have had for awhile, would definitely love to have one of these again in the future.

Score: 8.3 / 10

Link: http://www.redduckbeer.com.au/

Where to buy: Not sure that any Sydney retailers stock this number, and strangely the Red Duck website makes no mention of the Overland Ale at all. Although it can however be purchased on-line from this site.

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Mountain Goat – Organic Steam Ale 4.5% Alcohol

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009


Hailing from the Mountain Goat brewery in Melbourne this Organic certified Steam Ale is brewed with a hint of wheat in the name of brewing an easy drinking beer. In a glass this number has a hazy pale straw colour, the head is smaller than average upon pouring and very quickly subsides to nothing but a thin lace covering. On the nose apple and citrus notes stand out accompanied by the odd mint note.

On the palate the drinker is initially greeted by grassy hop notes, although the bitterness seems to be very restrained. Further on grainy bread, yeast and apple flavours predominate eventually ending with a slightly sweet nutty character.

Verdict: Not bad from a bottle, very easy drinking and not at all unpleasant, i have previously tasted this on tap at The Local Tap House and remembered it having more depth though.

Score: 7.4 / 10

Link: Mountain Goat Beer

Where to buy: You should be able to find Mountain Goat Steam Ale for sale at any of the large Sydney bottle shops such as Dan Murphy’s.

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Hawthorn Pale Ale – 4.7% Alcohol

Sunday, October 11th, 2009


Poured from the bottle with a nice creamy head around 2cm in height which sticks around for awhile before collapsing to a thin white covering. The aroma is comprised mostly of caramel, malt sweetness with some hints of mango.

On the palate this beer has a medium mouth feel which leads the way with some hop bitter spiciness that transforms into malty, caramel flavours accompanied by the odd hint of citrus and tropical fruit. The ending is fresh and crisp with a slight twang that leaves you wanting more.

Verdict: A great pale ale easy to drink, and constantly spurring on the drinker to take another sip.

Rating: 8.1 / 10

Link: Hawthorn Brewing Company

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3 Ravens Blond – 5.2% Alcohol

Sunday, October 11th, 2009


3 Ravens blond is a German Style Ale that pours from it’s bottle a slightly hazy dull, straw colour, minimal head and a medium level of carbonation. Slight caramel malt aroma combined with a mild spiciness which is hard to put your finger on.

On the drinkers palate apricot, caramel dominate with slight nuttiness accompanied by hint of pepper and ginger. Very nicely balanced beer that packs plenty of flavour to keep you interested but finishes extremely crisp making an extremely easy drinking session beer.

Verdict: A great easy drinking beer perfect for the summer months.

Rating: 7.9 / 10

Where to buy: Another Victorian brew that seems to be yet to travel over the border, luckily you can buy the 3 Ravens range from the Slowbeer site and have it shipped straight to your house.

Link: 3 Ravens

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Kooinda Pale Ale – 4.7% Alcohol

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

kooindaPours with a minimal head, slightly cloudy in appearance, lightly carbonated and bright straw in colour. The aroma is full of caramel and fruit notes, mango and lemon predominating.

Fresh apple flavours dominate the front of the pallet, working to an apex of fresh floral hops, citrus, toffee and caramel flavours as the brew moves further over the palate. A slight pepper spiciness also seemed to linger for a little while after every sip.

Verdict: Pleasant enough for something different, bit intense though to enjoy more than 1 or 2 during a sitting.

Aroma: 8/10
Appearance: 5/10

Link: http://www.kooindaboutiquebrewery.com.au/

Where to buy: This is another Victorian micro brew that at present come as far north as the border, so the only option for us New South Welshmen is to buy a case from the breweries website.

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Three Troupers – 4.5% Alcohol (Vic)

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

three_troupersSpring is just around the corner and already the weather is starting to warm up, leading most of use to cut down on the on the Dark Winter stouts in search of something lighter that can quench a thirst with minimal fuss. Three Troupers seems to fit this description well with their pale ale fairly light and easy to drink you can see yourself wasting time, sitting in the backyard and enjoying a few of these.
Appearance wise is pours a bright golden colour with a creamy head around two fingers in height which slowly dies back over the space of five minutes to leave a fine lace covering. The aroma is not overly assertive and consists of slightly sweet smelling honey and citrus (lemon is mostly what i got) tones.
On the palate this brew has a pleasant fresh hop bitter with caramel notes and lemon flavours that make their presence known close to the the back of the palate.

On the palate this brew is slightly bitter with caramel notes and lemon flavors that present themselves near the back of the palate.

Verdict: An easy drinking pale ale, on a hot summers afternoon I could picture myself easily demolishing a 6 pack of these.

Appearance: 8.5 / 10
Aroma: 6.5 / 10
Taste: 8.1 / 10
Overall: 7.9 / 10

Where to buy: This brewery is still very young and haven’t expanded as far as Sydney, so your only options at the moment are to try it when in Melbourne or buy it on-line at their website.

Link: http://www.threetroupers.com.au/

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