Fleurieu Sparkling Ale - Lovely Valley Beverage Factory
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Ratings: 3 | Reviews: 2 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
3.05/5 rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Pours a very cloudy orange-yellow colour, very turbid and with a huge frothy head of white foam. Sticky lacing doesn't leave patterns so much as huge globs of the head itself. I like the cloudiness, and the big full head. Looks pretty good.
Very little on the nose, a light sawdust character, and a bit of Australian hops - not quite the stink of Pride of Ringworm, but maybe just the whiff of it. Also a light carbonic acidity - some seltzer water. It's not huge, and very weak. Not that great.
Taste is also very plain. Some chlorine character, a bit of chalky bitterness and a smooth, if not particularly sweet roundness. It leaves it drinkable, but not very exciting. If anything, the characters that give it interest are by themselves rather unploeasant, but together they work ok, providing a beer that's at least easy to skull. Mouthfeel moderate, and quite subdued for something marketed as "sparkling".
Not a great beer, but a pretty easy drinking beer. Altogether it comes across and pretty bland, but pretty drinkable. Not something I'd seek out, but something I'd be happy to drink if there's nothing else available.
(For what it's worth, I was served this blind, and guessed it was Coopers Sparkling Ale, which it resembles a great deal. At the least, I think this beer is probably modelled pretty closely after it).
Serving type: bottle
12-25-2009 22:39:32 | More by lacqueredmouse
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2.23/5 rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5
Bought in a mixed six-pack from the brewery.
Pours a cloudy, dirty orange colour, huge haze in the body with healthy off-white head that fizzes down to a thin crown, leaves some thin spots of lace. OK, bit too much haze for the style.
Nose is quite fruity on the front, hints of apricot and orange. At the back is a bit of a dirty POR character, unpleasantly sour and gritty, even ashy. Needs more of that fruit, less hop. Not very impressed.
Taste is not as dirty, but also not as anything, really. Bit of a rich earthy character with a hint of bitter lemon zest, some bready malt, but mostly a bland bitterness, lots of Pride of Ringworm here, tastes rather like cardboard. A weak sourness on the back gives it a slight medicinal edge. Yeah, cardboard and medicine don't sound like the ideal flavours from a beer. Not very pleasant, really. Weak, bland and slightly unpalatable.
Lots of texture to it, but too much in face. Feels like I'm getting far more air than beer, just swallowing tiny bubbles. Not nearly enough body to it. Bad, in fact.
Not unswallowable as a beer but not much to recommend this. Am not impressed.
Serving type: bottle
12-29-2009 22:56:40 | More by laituegonflable
Fleurieu Sparkling Ale from Lovely Valley Beverage Factory
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