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Tasted Saturday August 1 2009. 500ml bottle, 6.66% Alc/Vol.

New Zealand.

Epic - Armageddon - 500mlThanks to my sister who brought this over to me while visiting from Wellington, NZ. Quite simply this was worth the wait. This is a beast of a beer, a palate destroyer. While there are big hop characters to this beer there is a pleasing refreshing “light” element to the palate. Colour is good, clear and deep honey amber. Powerful pine scented hop aromas dominate initially then some lovely passion fruit, tropical notes and toffee maltiness come through. Very malty on the palate with hints of caramel and grapefruit with dried citrus rind, smooth toasty biscuity malt and that massive hop bitterness driving full throttle the line and length of my palate leaving lingering bitterness in its wake. This is a beer for hop heads only and those who desire to be challenged. Available at Purvis Cellars soon!

Note the alcohol level…..:)

Extra notes from Craig, Adam and Chuck.

A clear, attractive orange/copper colour and a smalloff-white head. Very, very, very hoppy. Nutty, citrus (mandarin), burnt orange  cinnamon, and clean tasting. Alcohol not noticable suggesting a well balanced beer. Smooth with malty back palate and heavily hopped front palate. Too hoppy for Craig but he agreed that it will suit IPA fans.

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Tasted 29 July 2009. 330ml bottle, 7.0% Alc/Vol

Australia

Holgate - Hopinator - Double IPAIt’s been a while since I tried this beer and now I’m wondering why. This is arguably their best beer and in my opinion the best example of its style in Australia.

Dark amber colour. Big whopping piney hop aromas and caramel malt that gets the mouth watering. The palate is evenly flavoured and full, soft and smooth. Big malt and hops character again. Subtle citrus and roasted nuttiness appear along with hoppy spice. The bitterness is well distributed and very intense. A soft creamy malty character helps sooth the beasty hops that linger pleasantly well afterwards. An excellent double IPA.

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Tasted Friday 15/5 2009. 500ml bottle, 10% Alc/Vol.

Norway.

A super duper beer. Very dark brown colour. Smells of molasses, dark roasted nuts, coffee bean and hops. Very rich and warming to drink. Really mouth filling and malty. There are some slightly charry stout-like flavours too. Exotic spice, toasted nuts and sweet toffee. The sweetness is pulled back nicely by the seamless hop infusion interwoven through the line and length of the beer. The finish is long, lingering and hoppy. Just fantastic……..and soul satisfying. The 500ml bottles are a perfect size for this kind of beer. Drink at around 8-10 degrees for best flavour results.

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Tasted Tuesday 5 May 2009. 330ml bottle, 12% Alc/Vol.

Scotland.

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“Intergalactic fantastic oak-aged stout” is what the label says. Intergalactic indeed….this is light years away from regular beer. This is a beer in the extreme. An orchestra of flavour, a Normandy landing, a fully worked muscle car, a Mr Olympian, a small thermonuclear device….and I tried a stronger beer the night after……

So having recovered I refer to my notes: Black, black as sin in colour, almost no head. Aromas are incredibly tarry, charcoal, burnt chestnuts, and even fragrant pine like notes trying to be heard. It even smells sweet and thick and rich. No holds barred flavours of very sweet/ molasses darkest roasted malt (understatement) charcoal, warm and toasty chestnut, soft dark berries, road tar, crushed rock and cedar.  Then to finish some strong hop bitterness comes out of nowhere lingering and offsetting the sweetness. This is a beer for the experienced, someone who has been around the block (quite a few times). For me this was a bit too overpowering and sweet, but an experience it was and it will be remembered.

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Tasted Friday 1 May  (& Saturday 2 May) 2009. 330ml bottle, 6.1% Alc/Vol.

Australia

red-hill-brewery-hop-harvestLooking forward to this beer, I quickly snaffled a couple of bottles as it was being delivered upon finishing work for the day on Friday afternoon. Glowing red/orange in colour with beautiful aromas of flowery hops and toffee malt. Full flavoured, rich, spicy, sweet biscuit, malt and fresh, strong, lingering  bitterness. Tasting as fresh and vibrant as a beer could be, I suspect that it will fill out a touch more over the next couple of months. As always this beer is well worth the effort to track down (very limited). Perhaps a couple of glasses on a sunny autumn Sunday afternoon at the brewery over a lazy lunch….

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Tasted Friday 1 May 2009. 500ml bottle, 5.0% Alc/Vol.

New Zealand.

An above average lager. A damn good drink. Not hugely complex but pleasing and satisfying as a upmarket session beer. Light gold colour with mild orange blossom and grassy hop aromatics. Smooth, soft and malty in the mouth, hints of citrus, crisp carbonation and nice strong hop bitterness. Straight up and down style but very well made.

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Tasted 28 April 2009. 500ml bottle, 6.5% Alc/Vol.

New Zealand.

Superb beer! Grand Champion Beer at the Melbourne International Beer Awards 2003. Pale Ales are my favourite style and this rocks my taste buds. A strong amber colour. Aromas were not intense (beer was a bit too cold) but showed caramel toffee, biscuit, and fresh flowery hops. The palate was rich and sweetly malted with toffee, afghan biscuit, powerful resinous and lingering hops with a dry finish.

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