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Red Duck Topaz - Purrumbete Brewing Company (Red Duck)

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Reviews: 2
Hads: 2
Avg: 3.49
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Purrumbete Brewing Company (Red Duck)
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Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) | 5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: lacqueredmouse on 04-01-2013

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3.03/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From leura. No BB

A - Pale hazy gold, one finger head goes to spotty lace

S - Citrus, lemons,

T - Lemon zest, dry, yeast, but in reality not a whole way away from macro with a little metal note cropping up. Sharp hop bitterness. Unbalanced.

M - Well carbonated for a lighter style.

O - What an oddity, cross between APA and macro, however, by the end I suspect freshness is an issue as it becomes dull and stale. This despite being fridged at Leura. Sadly, been a while since i had last had a great Red Duck. :-(

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3.94/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml brown bottle purchased at the brewery in Alfredton. This is a single-hop pale ale, using the eponymous Topaz hop.

Poured without the sediment, it lands sparkling clear in the glass, a bright yellow-golden colour with a fine, if minimal white head. Some specks of lacing. Body looks solid but fluid, and holds a minimal amount of bubbly carbonation when tilted. I like the colour and the clarity. Overall, it looks pretty good.

Nose is clean and fresh, with a lovely sharp citrus character and a suggestion of pine. Although these meld together a little to make an aroma like some sort of cleaning detergent, it's actually rather pleasant. Some prickly malt grain characters provide a bit of basis, but they ultimately just underline the freshness of the hops. It's very pleasant as a result.

Taste is also good, although a little thin on body, and towards the back. Some light fruitiness and a crisp hop note drives the palate from the front, before running out of steam and puttering out to a crushed greenery dryness. Indeed, in a hoppier beer, there would at least be the residual bitterness to keep the flavours going longer, but this is resolutely an APA not an IPA, and the short finish fits more along those lines.

This is really quite a pleasant, easy drinking beer. The hop character is really nicely done, and shows really nicely what a great hop Topaz can be. If it peters our somewhat, well, that's what it should do, even if I personally think it could support more length and complexity. But this is a fine beer nonetheless, and one of Red Duck's more successful, if less experimental outings.

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Red Duck Topaz from Purrumbete Brewing Company (Red Duck)
- out of 100 based on 2 ratings.