Murray’s Fred IPA

Brewery: Murray’s Craft Brewing Company
Country: Australia
ABV: 5.6%
Style: American IPA

Brewer Description: (from bottle) At first glance, you might think only his mum could love him. But once you try FRED IPA, we reckon you’ll fall under his spell. FRED is aggressively late hopped with a house blend of hops from the US Pacific Northwest. A beautiful hopped up brew to be enjoyed with smoky and spicy southern US style Mexican food.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.13
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 13th March 2016 poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.
Appearance: The beer poured a hazy golden orange colour with a foamy two to three finger off white head that has great retention and leaves nice stringy lacing.
Aroma: Strong tropical fruit aromas mainly mango, pineapple and passion fruit. There are also hints of citrus orange and maybe grapefruit ending with pine.
Taste: Very much like the aroma. The tropical pineapple and passion fruit is there but with flavours, the pine and citrus grapefruit really come through. The malt is sweet and there is only a slight bitterness at the end.
Mouthfeel: Dry, medium to light bodied with light to medium carbonation.
Overall: I have to say, this one has surprised me. It is very easy to drink and I really enjoy the tropicalness of it.

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Hawkshead Cumbrian 5 Hop

Brewery: Hawkshead Brewery
Country: England
ABV: 5%
Style: English Extra Special Bitter

Brewer Description: (from bottle) This is a well hopped golden ale which marries traditional English with modern American hops – five varieties in all, including Golding, Citra and Amarillo. The full biscuity taste of English Maris Otter barley combines with orange marmalade citrus, floral, spicy and herbal hop flavours to produced a complex modern beer.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.49
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.3

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of May 2016 and poured into a pint glass.
Appearance: The beer poured a hazy golden orangey colour with a thin weak white head that leaves some stringy lacing.
Aroma: Fruity aromas, starts with melon, pineapple, tangerine and orange with hints of caramel.
Taste: A little on the weak side when you consider the amount of fruit in the aroma. Biscuity caramel malt with some citrus mandarin and grapefruit. There are hints of mango, grass and pine with a long bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.
Overall: This was quite good especially the aroma but was hoping that there was more of a punch in the taste considering the nice aromas.

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Clown Shoes Galactica

Brewery: Clown Shoes Beer
Country: USA
ABV: 8%
Style: American Double IPA
Other Notes: Brewed and bottled by Mercury Brewing Co., Ipswich, MA.

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Galactica, a hop staff wielding heroine patrols in karate kick mode through the heavens. Her mission: cosmic combat to promote good beer. Dry hopped with galaxy hops, a clean malt backbone enhances the dank and luscious IPA flavors.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.96
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 12 fl oz bottle poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Strangely no bottled on date considering all my other Clown Shoes beer show it on the neck.
Appearance: The beer poured a hazy dark orangey amber colour with a slightly more than one finger off-white head that leaves stringy lacing.
Aroma: Tropical fruits dominate especially peach and apricot with hints of mango, some citrus grapefruit and light caramel malts.
Taste: A backbone of nice light caramel malts, followed by floral and citrus hops, mainly grapefruit and pine but there’s also tropical hints with peach, apricot and mango. Finishes with a nice lasting bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, full bodied with light carbonation.
Overall: This was nice, as it wasn’t overly caramel-ly. A nicely balanced Double IPA.

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Jack’s Abby Hoponius Union

Brewery: Jack’s Abby Brewing
Country: USA
ABV: 6.7%
Style: American IPL
Other Notes: 65 IBUs.

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Hoponius Union harmoniously combines lager yeast fermentation and West Coast IPA hops. Our India style Pale Lager is like a traditional IPA but with a twist – it’s fermented cold and aged for extended periods. A blend of classic American hops creates a huge tropical fruit and citrusy hop aroma. A dry finish accentuates the pleasant bitterness and hop profile. Hoponius Union uses locally sourced ingredients.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.16
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 12 fl oz bottle with a manufacturing date of 1st December 2014 and poured into a pint glass (although I’d consider using an IPA glass for this next time).
Appearance: The beer poured a slightly hazy golden orange colour with a less than one finger white head that leaves some spotty lacing.
Aroma: Mainly citrus zest hops followed by some tropical mango and light pepperiness.
Taste: Light caramel malt flavours followed by some nice bitter citrus and grassy hops… orange and piney finish.
Mouthfeel: Crisp and dry, light to medium bodied with medium carbonation.
Overall: I am impressed. The world needs more lagers like this. It is far and away the best lager I’ve tried, and a very good example of what can and should be done with lagers.

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Asahi Craftsmanship Dry Pale Ale

Brewery: Asahi Breweries Ltd.
Country: Japan
ABV: 5.5%
Style: English Pale Ale

Brewer Description: Unfortunately words on the can was in Japanese and I can’t read Japanese!

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 2.61
My ratebeer.com rating: 2.5

Intro: A 500ml can with a canned date of March 2015 and poured into a pint glass.
Appearance: The beer poured a clear copper amber colour with a one finger white head that dissipates quickly. Leaves only some light lacing.
Aroma: Starts mainly with sweet and bready malts, some caramel and apple juice with hints of plum, lemon and floral hop.
Taste: Sweet biscuit malt and caramel, bland apple juice, light bitter grassy hops with a hint of lemon.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.
Overall: This was ok, its not terrible or anything, but I’m not sure I’d spend money to buy this again.

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