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Road Trip - Holgate Brewhouse / Keatings Hotel

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85
very good

14 Ratings
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Ratings: 14
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 7.89%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Holgate Brewhouse / Keatings Hotel visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: heygeebee on 01-29-2012)
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Photo of smekermann
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

smekermann, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of HopSavant
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%

HopSavant, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of terence
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

terence, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of CaptainHungry
4/5  rDev +5.3%

CaptainHungry, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of SmashPants
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: good quality 330mL brown bottle with stylish quality label. Nice.

Appearance: pours a pleasant amber-orange in colour with plenty of fine carbonation. A fairly demure head for an AIPA with sporadic lacing.

Aroma: plenty of pine and citrus hops per the style, with some tropical fruits. Refreshing.

Taste: follows the aroma quite closely - plenty of pine and citrus hops with tropical fruits again. Not mind-blowing, but a great example of the style.

Aftertaste: the strong hop bitterness comes through with some sweetness from the underlying malts.

Mouth feel: a fairly thin mouth feel with, could have used a bit more body. The carbonation is about right though.

Overall: a nice American IPA - worth the having. Pretty expensive per the Holgate norm, but you get what you pay for I guess. A fairly standard version of a top shelf AIPA.

SmashPants, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of XsoldoutX
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

XsoldoutX, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of doktorhops
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Time for a road trip down to Keatings Hotel... figuratively! Well technically this is a beer I've tried already on tap however not wanting to be a beer snob (sometimes) and jotting down notes into my phone, I decided to not review it at the tap... as I was quite possibly inebriated. Which is a difficult word to spell if you are it by the way, perhaps that should be the way that police can test if drivers are drunk: "Now spell inebriated sir".

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Presents with a clear burnt orange body and white minimal lacing.

S: A west coast style American IPA, so much so that if you had to pick between this Australian brewed beer and an American one you might be hard pressed; bold pine and citrus hops with a toasted biscuit/caramel base and a hint of passionfruit.

T: Sweet, but not overpowering, caramel malts come to the fore, followed by those bold pine/citrus hops and sharp (but expected) bitter orange twang in the finish. A brew very much true to it's west coast American IPA style.

M: Medium bodied with even almost creamy carbonation.

D: Well Holgate certainly can ace an American style, which in itself is cool, however there are already a billion+ west coast American IPA's out there does the world need another? Yes! But does an Aussie brewer need to blindly parrot a style that is tried-and-true? Yes, also! Ok, sure, fine, maybe you have a point but I'm not convinced we should be doing this when we could bring something unique and "Australian" to the brewing world, like Stone & Wood Pacific Ale. Anyway a decent, drinkable and very American styled IPA.

Food match: BBQ's, Asian cuisine, roasts - the American IPA suits all of these and then some. A great match for almost anything except dessert.

doktorhops, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle purchased from Stanmore Cellars.

Pours a pleasant, mildly hazed orange hue, with a firm and smooth head of just off-white. Lace is speckled and patchy. After a while, the head dissipates, leaving just a suggestion of foam. Carbonation is fine, and there's some heft to the body. Looks pretty good.

Nose is rounded and fruity, with a bright bouquet of tropical aromas. Some mango, passionfruit, a little citrus and a sweetness rounding it out like pineapple juice. Malt provides a juicy basis: again giving a little sweetness, but staying away from getting too sickly. It's definitely fragrant and pleasant, without the sharpness you often find in an IPA, while maintaining a strong hop presence.

Taste is milder than I expected, but still pleasant. That juicy sweet malt again forms a firm basis, here with a little bit more oomph due to a slight lack of really strong bitterness on the back. The hops that do come through are leafy, slightly herbal and a touch peppery: giving a more organic and brusquer bitterness than the fruitiness suggested. Everything is still quite rounded, however. There's very little sharpness to it, which helps the beer integrate nicely, and makes it more drinkable as a result.

Feel is smooth and clear, with a pleasant smoothness behind it.

Overall, I'm pretty impressed. This is a very firm, well-crafted American IPA. It has loads of flavour, but balances the characters nicely, leading to a beer that is as drinkable as it is flavoursome. Nice stuff.

lacqueredmouse, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of joecast
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

joecast, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of heygeebee
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Revewing as a comparison to the on-tap version had some months ago. From iPhone notes.

Pours a 100% clear light clear amber, sadly no head.

Aromas and taste are driven by the usual pine, citrus, grapefruit, but the taste is light and a little watery. Having said that, it's very drinkable, almost sessionable, unusual for the ABV...

Not as good as bottle IMHO.

heygeebee, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows lots of juicy fruit, with pineapple, nectarine and peach confectionery notes.
The flavours instead focus on grapefruit along with a little clean malt.
Finishes quite dry with a piny, hoppy bitterness.
Carbonation is perhaps a little excessive.

CrazyDavros, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of tbeckett
4/5  rDev +5.3%

tbeckett, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of dansmcd
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Sail and Anchor, Fremantle

A - A dense finger of white head crowns a golden amber body. Decent lacing.

S - American hops up front, pine and citrus, fresh and wet.

T - Follows the nose up front with a good dose of grapefruit, orange and pine. Balanced with caramel malt.

M - Solid bitterness, medium to full body, nice and creamy, moderate carbonation.

O - A ripper. Plenty of punch and character at 5.5% abv. Highly recommended.

dansmcd, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of dgilks
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Pumphouse in Sydney

Clear amber colour with a small, foamy white head. Poor head retention.

Moderately-hoppy aroma with plenty of grapefruit and orange. Balanced.

A balanced IPA with a crisp dose of citrussy hops and some nice mild pine notes. A touch of caramel malt helps temper the moderate bitterness. Definitely a sessionable Australian IPA.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Good and refreshing.

A delightful little IPA. The flavour is good, it is clearly an IPA and despite being a little milder than I normally like it is well crafted.

dgilks, Mar 19, 2012
Road Trip from Holgate Brewhouse / Keatings Hotel
85 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.