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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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Tasted Tuesday 28 april 2009. 500ml bottle, 5.0% Alc/Vol.

New Zealand.

Dark brown colour, a dense off white head, and pleasant roasted nutty malt aroma. The palate weight is light to medium bodied and quite smooth with good balanced carbonation giving it a fresh finish. Plenty of dark roasted malt, scorched almond, and good bitterness. A lovely beer if you want something flavoursome but not heavy. After I had consumed about half the bottle I came to the conclusion that I could sit on this beer all night, especially on a wintery Melbourne one.

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Tasted April 23 2009. 500ml bottle, 4.5% Alc/Vol

New Zealand

So far the best of the Renaissance range. A rich mahogany colour with a dense espresso coloured head. Aromas of a coffee shop on a cool winter Sunday morning, roasted malt and scorched nuts. Quite robust on the palate with full round rich maltiness. Coffee bean and bitter/sweet chocolate and plenty of roasted character. A nice mild hop bitterness on the finish. A very nice beer.

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New Zealand.

Bohemian Pilsner

Tasted Monday March 24, 2009. 330ml bottle, 5%Alc/Vol.

A very good Czech style Pilsner. Overall a well balanced, flavoursome and refreshing beer. Pours a clear, sparkling, golden colour with a green tinge and a soft dense head. Floral, grassy hop aromas with a hint of lime. Reasonable palate weight with soft maltiness, citrus (Grapefruit peel), a sharp finish and persistent grassy hops.

London Porter

Tasted Monday March 24, 2009. 330ml bottle, 5%Alc/Vol.

In a world where the distinction between a porter and a stout is being increasingly blurred this is seems true to style. Dark brown in colour with a good dense fluffy head- although not long lasting. Nutty, roasted malt and earthy aromas entice. At first taste it is full and rich – not sweet, earthy with smoky burnt malt. The flavours did fall away a bit quickly at the end leaving hop bitterness, but overall a nice beer.

Indian Pale Ale

Tasted Tuesday March 24. 330ml bottle, 5.0% Alc/Vol.

Beautifully fresh and lighter in taste than a lot of IPA’s, but pleasantly so . Highly aromatic with floral hops and citrus. A clean taste with malty sweetness, freshened up nicely by citrus (grapefruit), spice and a piney hop thrust that carries well through the finish. Slightly tartness on the finish which is just right for this style. A good session IPA.

Bavarian Hefeweizen

Tasted Tuesday March 24. 330ml bottle, 5.0% Alc/Vol.

Recently I’ve been going off Hefeweizens. I’m not sure if I”m going off German Hefeweizens yet though. I need to try one tonight to find out. Many local Hefe’s (including this one) have a definite salty character that doesn’t sit well with me.

Besides that this is quite good and there are not many outside of Germany that are. Full flavoured, spicy coriander, cloves, banana, and vanilla.  You need to shake the bottle upside down to mix all the sediment off the bottom though…so be careful opening! All the flavours seem pretty standard for a good Hefe but it had length and boldness of flavour, not watery at all. Can’t get past that saltiness though. The Mountain Goat Hefeweizen is another with this character.

Ardenne Strong Golden Ale

Tasted Tuesday March 24. 330ml bottle, 5.0% Alc/Vol.

To me Golden Ales generally are fluffy, fruity beers with not much substance.  So this was a very pleasant surprise. A glowing golden/red colour and powerful fruity, hoppy nose. Head wasn’t long lasting but I never really take any notice of that. Not in least bit fluffy the flavour came on strong with dark fruitiness, biscuity maltiness,  super fresh and balanced hops. Big on flavour and character, the 6.5% alcohol well hidden. A dangerous session beer.

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Tasted Monday March 24, 2009. 330ml bottle, 5.4%Alc/Vol.

New Zealand.

Epic - Pale Ale - 500mlMany reviews of this beer suggest huge hops and huge malt character. My palate must be a little immune to these traits or my expectations out-weighed the reality as I experienced it. In saying all of this Epic Pale Ale is a mighty fine beer and not short on hops or malt flavour, but it is a very well balanced beer.

Glistening copper red in the glass. Big, floral hop aromatics with earthy, biscuit maltiness. Rich and full on the palate that tend towards dryer malt character than caramel sweetness. Some toffee notes with ANZAC biscuit, rich and dark fruitiness, superb piney hoppiness driving full throttle through the middle palate with persistence of flavour to the bitter end.

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Tasted Tuesday March 24. 330ml bottle, 5.0% Alc/Vol.

New Zealand.

Epic - Lager - 500mlI wish more lagers could be like this. Soft yet crisp, light yet malty. Floral, citrus  flavours, good carbonation, rounded, malty body with a sharp crisp hoppy finish.

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