Edward's Beer Database
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Taste and Description What I like about it What I don't like about it Would I buy it again
Sleeping Giant IPA, Gage Roads Brewery, WA, 330ml Bottle 5.4% IPA Dark Golden One of my all time most favourite beers. A good all round IPA for most occasions. As someone who tasted this as his first IPA said "This is a seriously nice beer". Solid taste. Excellent strong hops taste. But not unpleasantly bitter. With a slight complexity that is satisfying. Without being fruity. Perhaps slightly earthy. Certainly well rounded and satisfying. With a long aftertaste finish that has a bit of complexity. If you don't think you might like IPA try this beer as an introduction. Real Hop taste. Nice touch of complexity. Serious IPA bitterness that you expect. Still not overly heavy Supply is cornered by distribution through the Woolworths chain including Dan Murphy and BWS. But its not overpriced. I prefer this beer to other highly ranked beers such as Sierra Nevada Torpedo. Definitely yes. One of my all time favourites. Tried it 1/3/16
Feral Brewing Co. - Hop Hog 330ml 5.8% Pale Ale Golden Murky Cloudy Fine foamy somewhat creamy head. Excellent strong Hop taste. Claims to be American Hops. Tastes like an IPA more than a PA. Pronounced Passionfruit and Hop aroma unmistakably and pleasantly hits you as you bring it to your mouth. Slightly Citrusy with lasting Malt backbone as the label claims. If you don't think you might like IPA try this beer as an intermediary. Real Hop taste. The fruity aroma adds to the complexity. Serious Pale Ale bitterness that you expect. Still refreshing not overly heavy Only 330ml Bottle. A bit expensive. But better than Sierra Nevada Torpedo. Definitely yes. One of my all time favourites. Tried it 1/3/16
Feral Brewing Co. - War Hog American IPA 375ml Can 7.5% IPA Golden Murky Cloudy Excellent strong Hop taste. Slight Passionfruit aroma and fruity taste. A logical addition to the Feral range. Try this one if the Feral Hop Hog is a bit too fruity for you. Real Hop taste. Slightly fruity. 375ml Can Maybe a little bit simple rather than complex in taste despite the fruity touch Definitely yes. Tried it 20/3/18
Feral Brewing Co. - New Zealand IPA IPA Not noted Excellent strong Hop taste. Can't remember much else. Only had a taste because the NZ Bartender suggested that Feral Sly Fox is hoppier. Oh how rong he was! Tried it off the tap. Will update some time in the future. Real Hop taste Can't remember much else til i try it again :) Yes. But not if the Stomping Ground One Eyed IPA comes back on tap ;) Tried it 22/3/18
Feral Brewing Co. - Sly Fox Ale Golden very cloudy The bottom end of the Feral range in terms of hopiness. Might suit people who like carlton Cold. As one lady described it "There's not a lot going on". Tried it off the tap. Don't know why the NZ Bartender said "It is more hoppy than the Feral NZ IPA". Oh how wrong he was! Refreshing slam dunk drink Lacks flavour Definitely not. Tried it 22/3/18
Stomping Ground - One Eyed IPA
Stomping Ground Brewing Co, 100 Gipps St., Collingwood, VIC 3066, T:(03)94151945
IPA Not noted Excellent beer. Reminds me of Feral Hop Hog. Fruity, full flavoured hops taste that lingers and satisfies with complexity. As one lady said "Excellent. Plenty going on". Seems to be available only on tap right now. Such as sometimes at Water Rat Hotel South Melbourne where you can get a scooner at happy hour til 7pm for $5 normally $8.50 ;) when they are not pushing Feral Brewing beer instead. Or visit the brewery. Excellent Hops taste. Slightly fruity. Lingering taste. Whats not to like. Except its only available on tap right now in selected pubs or at the brewery it seems Yes. Without hesitation. Tried it 14/3/18
4 Pines Brewing Co. - Pale Ale, 330ml 5.1%, "Born in Manly" whatever that means. 3B 9-13 Winbourne Road, Brookvale, NSW, 2100 Pale Ale Dark Golden, Slightly murky Clean crisp refreshing hoppy bitterness. Towards an IPA style Pale Ale. But not heavy. Pleasant finish. Immediately satisfying. A logical member of the 4 Pines range of Ales. But at the upper end of the scale in terms of fullness of flavour and bitterness. Claims to be made from Citra, Amarillo, Cascade, Simcoe Hops. A lovely solid Pale Ale that is right up there amongst others. Refreshing. Crips. Strong. Not overly heavy. Nice solid lingering Pale Ale bitterness. Immediately satisfying without a lot of complexity in terms of fruitiness or aromas. Yes. Without hesitation. Tried it 12/3/18
4 Pines Brewing Co. - Kolsch, 330ml 4.6% German Style Golden Ale Golden Reminded me of Victoria Bitter. But with a lingering long mild Hop aftertaste. A logical member of the 4 Pines range of Ales. But at the bottom end of the scale in terms of fullness of flavour and bitterness. Not like an IPA but more like what you might expect in a mild ale. With a clean bitter aftertaste touch. This is not a criticism as it probably lives up to its name of delivering a German Style Golden Ale, which perhaps tend to be traditionally not as strong as current IPA options. Refreshing. Not overly heavy. Nice mild long lingering Pale Ale bitterness. Not a lot of complexity in it to provide interest. Only 330ml Bottle. So a bit expensive for a beer that really is close to something like Victoria Bitter or Carlton Draught but with a lingering Hop finish. Probably not. For the price it does not deliver great taste value. Tried it 11/11/17
Balter IPA, 375ml Can 6.8% Brewed and Canned 14 Traders Way,Currumbin,QLD IPA Golden This is a seriously nice beer. Reminded me of of a cross between Victoria Bitter and Feral Hop Hog. With a strong Hop taste. Crisp, clean refreshing bitterness. And a touch of citrus. You can drink this one really cold. The IPA still shines through. Imagine that from a Queensland beer. Just goes to show they don't just make XXXX. This one is at the totally other end of the spectrum! Looks like QLD can make beer :) Refreshing and slightly fruity but with a proper IPA taste that you expect. No disappointment. A bit like Feral Hop Hog but crisper and even more refreshing. Not overly heavy. And it comes in 375ml Cans which is better value than other 330ml craft beers Nothing to dislike. Not a huge lot of complexity in it. But enough of a citrus touch and serious clean hop taste to satisfy. Yes, definitely. I will buy this one again. I was immediately impressed. And again the second time i tried it a week later. For the price it delivers great taste value. In a 375ml can. Tried it 12/1/18
Balter XPA, 375ml Can 5.0% Brewed and Canned 14 Traders Way,Currumbin,QLD IPA Light Golden Cloudy This is a very nice beer. A bit less strong bitterness than their IPA. Still with a strong Hop taste. Solid crisp but plain bitterness thats clean, refreshing and lingers. Slightly fruity touch of citrus. A logical refreshing alternative to their IPA. You can drink this one really cold. The IPA still shines through. Imagine that from a Queensland beer. Just goes to show they don't just make XXXX. This one is at the totally other end of the spectrum! Looks like QLD can make beer :) Yes its good. Unmistakably IPA. Refreshing and slightly fruity pleasant aroma but with a proper IPA taste that you expect. No disappointment. Not overly heavy. And it comes in 375ml Cans which is better value than other 330ml craft beers. This XPA is also 30% cheaper than their IPA at the time of writing this. Nothing to dislike. A bit of complexity in it. With enough of an aromatic citrus touch and serious clean hop taste to satisfy. Yes, definitely. I will buy this one again. I was immediately impressed when I drank it on tap in Queensland and again from a can in Victoria over a period of time. For the price it also delivers great taste value. In a 375ml can. Tried it 12/2/18
Hawthorn Australian IPA, 330ml Can 5.8%
Hawthorn Brewing Co. 801 Glenferrie Rd., Hawthorn 3172, Vic.
IPA Murky Golden A seriously nice beer. Like you expect from the Hawthorn Brewery range. Strong bitey clean hops taste. With some complexity. The bitternes is surprisingly refreshing. Claims to be made from Australian Hops. Crisp, clean refreshing bitterness. With a proper IPA taste that you expect. No disappointment. Quite refreshing. Not overly heavy. Nothing to dislike. Not a huge lot of complexity in it. But enough complexity and serious clean hop taste to satisfy. Yes, definitely. I will buy this one again. Tried it 9/4/18
Fixation India Pale Ale, ?ml Bottle unmarked 6.4% Fixation Brewing Company 4 Boronia Place,Byron Bay,2481 NSW IPA Golden A very nice IPA. As the label says it is bold,bitter,big yet balanced. Slightly fruity and as Cathy suggested perhaps a hint of caramel. With a strong Hop taste. Clean bitterness. A proper IPA taste that you expect. No disappointment. Not overly heavy. Blanced with not anything particular overpowering. Nothing to dislike. Enough complexity in it to satisfy. Yes. I will buy this one again. Tried it 5/2/18
Sail & Anchor Pale Ale 330ml 4.2% Made for Pinnacle Drinks in Freemantle WA exclusive to Dan Murphy and BWS. They do not reveal the Brewery. Pale Ale. Unfiltered Pale Brown The makers describe it as fresh and fruity with American and local Hops with Citrus and Floral aromas. I would describe it as Victoria Bitter with a kick of Pale Ale. So if you are perhaps tired of VB because it doesnt have enough Hops kick then this is a good alterntive. Yes its a bit aromatic. It also has that bit of bitterness of a Pale Ale but is also refreshing like VB. No its not quite like an IPA. But more like Sleeping Giant or Hop Hog toned down towards VB. If you don't think you might like IPA try this beer as an intermediary. Not a heavy beer. And yet not bland or weak. Real Hop taste. Nice aroma for abit of complexity. Quite refreshing on a hot day. More interesting than a VB or Draught beer. Only 330ml Bottle. Made exclusively for the two big chains so no competition and limited outlets. Yes. On a hot day when a VB just isnt enough for a Hop kick. Tried it 10/8/17
Cricketers Arms - Spearhead Pale Ale 335ml 5.2% Pale Ale Pale brown Fine foamy somewhat creamy head. No fruit taste or aroma. Striaghtforward Pale Ale taste. Not powerful IPA. Just PA. Tastes clean and fresh Pale Ale bitterness. Refreshing not heavy Not a big PA Probably not. Maybe. Depending on price. But Hawthorn, Little Creatures IPA and others seem more complex and better. Tried it 16/3/17
Philter XPA Extra Pale Ale, Philter Brewing PTY LTD, Sydney, NSW 375ml can 4.2% Pale Ale Bright golden cloudy A really nice beer. Strong hoppy Pale Ale taste with a touch of fruity aroma. Similar to Feral Hop Hog. If you like one then try the other. Tastes clean and fresh with complexity and a lingering balanced finish. A welcoming firm bitterness thats refreshing rather than heavy and totally solid. Appropriately named a Session pale Ale, but much better than most regular pale ales. Pale Ale bitterness. Refreshing not heavy. The tropical touch of passionfruit hits you and makes it pleasantly interesting. And only 4.2% alcohol and a 375ml can. A seriously nice beer Whats not to like Yes. Without hesitation. Tried it 1/2/18
Australian Brewery - All-Star Session IPA 355ml 4.2% IPA Brown Full on Hoppy IPA taste. Very bitter. Uses American Hops. Full on Hoppy IPA Taste Bit too straightforward. No real complexity Probably not. Bitter but not exciting. Expensive and a bit hard to find. Sleeping Giant IPA would be better i think. Tried it 25/3/17
Ballast Point Brewing Company - Big Eye 355ml IPA Clear but fairly dark brown Super Bitter. Tastes a bit like super raw hops. Probably TOO bitter. Has some caramel nuisances but not much Big IPA taste Almost TOO bitter. A BIG beer. Expensive Probably not. Too bitter. Almost like stout. Expensive
Ballast Point Brewing Company - Pirate Life Brewing - Strong Pale Ale 355ml 6% Pale Ale Golden Nice clean bitter taste. This is the type of beer you would expect Carlton United breweries to make as a step up from Carlton Draught or Victoria Bitter if they ever wanted to move into the Boutique IPA style beer market. Its like Carlton Draught or Victoria Bitter with serious Hops. Fairly simple refreshing strong Ale taste Fresh and simple but really big Pale Ale taste A bit simple dimensioned. Not a lot of complexity. But likeable for its simplicity Maybe. The right beer when a VB just wont do but a serious IPA is a bit too heavy.
Stone & Wood - Garden Ale 330ml 3.8% Ale Medium Brown Tastes like a mild watered down Pale Ale. Not much of an Ale taste Easy to drink. Not heavy. Refreshing Watery Ale taste. Does not linger Probably not. Too light in taste. Actually tastes watery. So why bother. Tried it 15/3/17
Stone & Wood - Pacific Ale 330ml 4.4% Ale. Unfiltered Light Golden Fruity. Bit of an Ale taste. Starting to get there a bit Easy to drink. Not heavy. Refreshing. A step up from their Garden Ale Bit more of an Ale taste. Does not linger much Probably not. Too light in taste. So why bother. Tried it 16/12/17
Coors - Crisp Refreshing Lager (Brewed in Australia) 330ml 4.2% Lager Light Golden Plain Lager. Supposedly "Born in the Rockies". But Brewed in Australia. Clean plain lager. Refreshing. Not heavy. Claims to be low carb compared to other Lagers. Bit too straightforward. No real complexity. Probably not. A bit like drinking water on a hot summers day. Unexciting. May as well drink Aldi Rivet Gold,XXXX Gold or Tooheys Gold taste wise. Tried it 10/3/17
Innis & Gunn - Original - Oak Aged Beer 330ml 6.6% Ale Brown Scottish. Toffee or Caramelly a bit sweet. But like a stout. Not much bitterness Unusual, complex, interesting. Bit too sweet. Not very hoppy. No real appealing taste for me or complexity Probably not. Too sweet but not pleasantly so for my taste. Tried it 26/3/17
Barrow Boys Brewing Co. - Pedlars Pale - Melbourne 330ml 5.3% Ale Golden Good bitter Ale taste. Hoppy. Claims residual live yeast. Good Hop taste. Interesting. No complaints Yes depending on price at a bottle shop and alternatives if at a restaurant. Tried it 11/4/17
Lorry Boys - Tim and Joes Golden Ale 330ml 4.4%
Made by Macarthur Grange Brewing on behalf of Liquorland
Pale Ale Dark Golden Proper Ale taste. Pretty decent Pale Ale. Bitter with lingering taste. Works very cold. No comlexity. Works very cold. Still works when off the chill and warm. No complexity. Just simple bitterness. Yes if it is on special. Tried it 9/3/18
James Squire One Fifty Lashes Pale Ale Ale Murky Golden Not much bite. No lasting taste. Similar to XXX Gold. Tried it fresh off the tap. It is what you expect from an average pale ale. A bit of hops. Wouldn't seek it out. A suitable substitute for XXXX Gold. Refreshing Not much bite. No lasting taste. Not much hops. Would not seek it out. Depends on cheaper refreshing low flavour alternatives such as XXX Gold. Tried it 9/3/18
Leo - Thailand 330ml Slightly Malty and sweet. Not Hoppy. Refreshing. Boring. Weak. As cathy said, You can drink this or water No. Tried it 2/6/17
Firestone DPA Didnt like it. Boring No. Tried it 3/6/17
Firestone IPA Bitter. Hoppy Hoppy IPA taste but lacks any complexity. A bit boring No. Tried it 3/6/17
Sierra Nevada, Lager Lager Golden Not what I expected from Sierra Nevada having tasted their IPA and other beers. But it is what I would expect from a Lager. Refreshing with a bit of bite. Low on bitterness but with a bit more bite than some other lagers. Refreshing lager with a bit of bite. Expensive for a fairly ordinary tasting lager. No. Not really into Lager any more. Tried it 9/10/17
John Boston, The Guard House, Golden Ale 330ml 4.2% Ale Light Golden Cant taste any hops. Bland. No bitterness. Tastes like Lager. Watery. No aftertaste. About as much bite as a cold soda water. XXXX Gold would be preferable with more flavour and bite. Whats there to like. Tastes like water. Tastes like a non alcoholic beer you can get for half the price. Or as Cathy said "Why would I buy that when I can buy Hawthorn for the same price". No. Drink XXXX Gold instead. Tried it 13/10/17,14/11/17
Two Birds Brewing, Passion Victim 330ml Can 5.0%. Brewed at The Nest Brewery, 136 Hall Street, Spotswood, Vic, 3015. Visitors welcome Ale Light Golden Big on Paasionfruit taste not just aroma. With an Ale taste. A bit like Ferrel Hop Hog but without the hoppy punch. Tastes somewhere between Passiona Softdrink and a Pale Ale. A bit fizzy like a softdrink. Not sure if its more a softdrink or a beer. Apty describe on the can as "a Passionfruit Summer Ale". "tropical fruit hop trio of Amarillo, Mosaic and Galaxy with passionfruit puree added to the fermenter". And yes thats what it tastes like An unusual balance of fruit as much as beer. Refreshing if you are not sure if you want a beer or a softdrink. I wonder if women might like it. Quite fizzy a bit like a soda softdrink. Too fruity as compared to hoppy. Tastes a bit like a non alcoholic beer. Probably not. Too much like a fizzy fruit drink. Although some people will perhaps like it. Tried it 9/2/18
Mountain Goat, Organic Steam Ale 330ml 4.5% Ale Light Golden. Cloudy Cant taste any hops. Bland. No bitterness. Tastes like Lager. Watery. No aftertaste. About as much bite as a cold soda water. XXXX Gold would be preferable with more flavour and bite. Whats there to like. Tastes like water. Tastes like a non alcoholic beer you can get for half the price No. Drink XXX Gold instead. Tried it 11/11/17
Great Northern Brewing Company, Super Crisp Lager, Mid Strength 330ml Bottle, 375ml Can 3.5%. Brewed in QLD. Lager Light Golden Cant taste any hops. Bland. Watery. The concensus of 5 other men agreed at time of tasting it "tastes like the closest thing to water". It came fresh and cold from the tap. No aftertaste. No bite. Whats there to like. Tastes like water. Admittedly its targeted as Mid Strenth. Tastes like a non alcoholic beer you can get for half the price No. Drink Tooheys Gold Mid Strength Beer instead. Tried it 24/2/18
Steamrail,The Gold Digger Golden Ale,330ml 4.5%. Brewed for Liquorland. The label talks a lot about Ballarat and a story of the Gold days. But thats about as exciting as it gets. Ale Light Golden Reminds me a bit of XXXX Gold. Maybe a touch more Ale but not enough to mention. Whats there to like. The low end of Ales in terms of taste. Seems to be an example of Liquoraland wanting to cash in on the Boutique Beer market. Without brewing a Boutique beer. In a 330ml bottle. If XXXX Gold is available cheaper in 375ml then I would buy XXXX Gold or even VB instead. Tried it 6/3/18
Tooheys Gold. 375ml can. ? Golden A beer thats classified as Mid Strength. Tastes a bit like Victoria Bitter or Carlton Draught but not with quite as much bite. Perhaps similar to XXX Gold. I like it because its a beer you can drink every day or on a hot day where you want something that just refreshes, without much alcohol. It has low alcohol but still tastes like proper beer not water. And the price of a 30 can block is a bargain. Never found a substitute quite like it in all these respects. The ideal low alcohol beer for me. Low alcohol but still tastes like proper beer with a bit of a lingering taste. Nothing to dislike except that the limited marketing seems to make it a bit hard to get. Yes. Always good to have on hand when u feel like a beer for the refreshment and resfreshing taste but dont want to consume a lot of alcohol. Tried it 2010-2017
Goose island Session IPA IPA Deep golden amber clear Not sure is this is the same as Goose Island Midway Session IPA because I bought it from the tap menu card where it was simply shown as Goose Island Session IPA. Watery bitterness. A bit like VB on steroids. Not much lingering taste but does have a bit. Maybe OK on a hot day. Smells OK but the flavour ends up a disappointment. Maybe OK as a session IPA. Tastes a bit watery and not much lingering taste. All up a bit ho hum rather than wow. Only if there is no other IPA and no other known beers on the restaurant menu card as was the case on this occasion. Tried it 11/6/18
Tuatara Coastin Session IPA
330ml Bottle,4.6%, New Zealand
IPA Golden slightly murky Good tasting hops with a good complex bitterness. Fairly refreshing not too heavy as you would expect from a session IPA. But still has the hop kick of a proper IPA. A hoppy bitterness that lingers. The hop body is at the high end of session IPA. Says it is loaded with passion fruit melon and mango but really just has a hint of fruity aroma. Slight fruity aroma and high end hoppiness for a session IPA without being too heavy. With fairly low alcohol content. A good session IPA. Cant think of anything to dislike. Yes. Tried it 5/7/18
Nomad Brewing Co.
Easy As IPA
330ml Bottle,4.5%, Sydney, NSW
IPA Murky Amber Claims: Aromatic, malty-sweet, medium bodied, balanced bitterness finish, huge aromas of tropical and stone fruit, sessionable.
My Verdict: Very bitter. Full on bitterness with long lingering finish. Tastes like ears wax. Would not do multisession because too bitter and not refreshing enough. Bitterness and flavour is a bit mono dimensional. No fruit flavour.
Full on bitterness. Low alcohol content. Bitterness is plain and mono dimensional. Probably not. Unless no other IPA's on offer. Tried it 21/7/18
New Belgium 1554 Black Lager
355ml Bottle,5.6%, Brewed and bottled by New Belgium Brewing, Fort Collins, NC, USA
Black Lager Black with a fine creamy head Malty chocolate flavour but not sweet and not really bitter. Slightly stoutish. Reminds me of Cascade Stout. Interesting to taste try. Wouldnt seek it out. Despite the first sense of fullness of taste it tasted a bit shallow maybe due to a short not lingering finish. In fairness I think mine was getting a bit old. So maybe give it another chance. Maybe give it another chance depending what what else is on offer. Tried it 15/7/18