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Tasted 30 June 2009. 330ml bottle, 4.7% Alc/Vol.

Australia.

2 Brothers - American Brown AleTried this on tap at Mrs Palmers after the Richmond West Coast Eagles footy game. Adam and I were quite impressed at this full, malty brown ale and proceeded to down a “few” of them.

These notes relate to the just released bottled version. Overall not quite as good as the keg version but still worth trying. Dark brown in colour with a dense off white head. The aromas are malty with pronounced hazelnuts and a slight metallic note. The palate is full, malty sweet, nutty biscuits and very  smooth. Hop bitterness is too mild for a better score. Still, it is a good session beer.

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Billabong - Pale AleThis is not bad. Floral aromas mixed with peach and passionfuit. The palate is malty, with a sweet citrus and candied character. A bit tart too. Quite bitter on the finish.

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Tasted 30 June 2009. 330ml bottle, 4.5% Alc/Vol.

Australia.

Billabong - BlondeFinally I get around to tasting a couple of these gluten free beers from Billabong. Pale yellow colour with very little head. Smells floral, malty and of green pears. Some slightly vegetal notes too. The palate has a medicinal character that is too obvious and off putting. Cardboard, vegetal and bitter, grassy metallic hops too. Unfortunately there are not many gluten free options on the market and this one is not recommended.

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Cascade - First Harvest - AleTasted 15 May 2009. 330ml bottle, 5.5% Alc/Vol.

Australia.

Strikingly clear and amber in colour. Compared to other craft brewery releases of similar style this pales in comparison. While this is reasonably pleasant to drink it smells and tastes like a commercial beer. Not much aroma. Slightly metallic and grassy hops and mild nutty malt. The palate is malty with a slight creamy background. Some nutty hints too. Hops appear late and taste stale and metallic. Short finish. Overall a bland and uninspiring beer.

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Nogne - PorterTasted 15 May 2009. 500ml bottle, 7.0% Alc/Vol.

Norway.

Fairly straightforward but nonetheless pleasing. Medium bodied, very smooth and slightly sweet. Some charry flavours, nutty hints, chocolate and roasted malt. Mild hop bitterness and a drying finish. Nice but not memorable.

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Murrays - PorterTasted 15 May 2009. 500ml bottle, 7.0% Alc/Vol.

Australia.

Murray’s make good beer, period. This porter is a stand out. Chocolate, char, and nutty aromas with pine scented hops. The palate is rich, sweet (not too sweet), and full with chocolate nuttiness and subtle roasted and coffee characters. Nice balanced but obvious hop bitterness on the end with good persistence of flavour. Satisfying stuff.

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Tasted 15 May 2009. 330ml Bottle, 4.6% Alv/Vol

Australia

Bridge Rd Brewers - Harvest AlePity it’s released during the winter, I could drink this all summer. It has a kind of Spring feel to it though. Lively hoppy and citrus aromatics. The palate is lightish and fresh with delicate, fruity, malty characters and subtle creaminess. I would prefer more mid palate ooomph. Hops are more subdued on the palate than what the nose would suggest and it is little short on the finish. Overall thist is a good beer and it will have broad appeal. Recommended.

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