Jamieson Beast IPA - Jamieson Brewery

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Jamieson Beast IPAJamieson Beast IPA

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86
very good

40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Australia

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: vancurly on 04-09-2007)
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Photo of wordemupg
2.9/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into pint glass 7/4/14

A very hazy brownish amber with just a thick film after a dump down the middle, not much retention but manages to leave lots of lace around the top of the glass

S some orange marmalade and a hint of spruce but for the most part its a caramel bomb, butterscotch, hot Sunday caramel topping, might be diacetyl? either way not really smelling like an IPA

T more of the same really, some citrus and pine but for the most part its caramel and butterscotch all the way

M thick a syrupy, a little flat, no booze at all, a little oily after the fact, caramel and some orange rind on the finish

O no bottle date so this could be an old bottle but I have no way tell, either way its not one I'd bother with again

I bought this one because of its placement on the best of OZ list and its a bit of a let down. Perhaps a bad batch/bottle/old? not undrinkable but not very IPAish

Photo of PhilDaBrewer
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Mendicant
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of soju6
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brewery.

A: Served amhazy dark copper color with a good head that fades slowly with nice lacing.

S: Aroma of pine and citrus, some caramel and bit of grain in the background.

T: Taste has an initial nip of pine, then some caramel sweetness with some grain. Nice bitterness throughout and a dry finish.

F: Medium body, crisp, smooth and refreshing. Nicely balanced.

O: An enjoyable beer, a nice Australian IPA. good for a few.

Photo of tbeckett
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Purvis in Melbourne. From notes.

A - Poured a cloudy dark copper with one finger of white head, decent carbonation and a spot of lace with a film of retention.

S - Tropical fruits, citrus, maybe tangerine.

T - Topical fruit, juicy hops, some rich toffee as well. A little rough with the hops being mashed together as opposed to flowing nicely if that makes sense.

M - Good carbonation, medium to full body and a sweetness then bitter finish.

O/D - Not bad. Not exactly exciting either. Maybe dumbing down the booze and mellowing out the flavours would improve this. Still a fairly decent IPA.

Photo of jjkatter
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle dumped into a goblet...

A- nice amber/brown color. Not much od a head, even with pouring it quickly down the middle. if you like good head retention, you've got the wrong beer.

S- caramel and brown sugar with some hops. There is also a hint of chocolate in there.

T- the hops hit immediately, followed by a bit of chocolate and a sweet, citrusie bitterness. Perhaps a tad too much on the bitter side for my taste, however, this is a nice beer.

O- I am all on board with this beer, less the bitterness. I like bitter beer, but this bitterness linger a bit more tha I care for. Otherwise it's very drinkable with good body and complexity.

Photo of vandemonian
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jamieson Beast IPA is dominated by maltiness and tastes strongly of caramel. Not enough hop character for my liking, although I'm not sure how fresh this was.

A: Clear orange colour and a good 2 cm head that lasts well. 4.5

S: Some floral hops aroma. Not super strong. Some hints of sweet malt. 4

T: Strong roasty malt flavour. Quite sweet with strong caramel flavour. I taste bitterness, but where is the hop flavour? 3

M: Quite foamy. 4

O: 3.5

Photo of mungus
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of foles
2.58/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bit of aniseed on the nose, maybe some candy. But not much in the way of hopiness. Appearance red-copper with a slight haze. Some chewy malt, toffee and a heavy handed bitterness. But not much else except that Liquorice, slightly metallic (fishermans friend) medicinal flavour.

Photo of dansmcd
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Disappointing on the pour. Zero head, just a flimsy little white ring. Dark amber in the body and a few spots of lace around the glass.

S - Caramel, cake, pine, booze. Sweet and beckoning.

T - Rich, sweet, sticky and hot. Caramel, toffee and honey. Very malty. Is tasty but is this an IPA?

M - Syrupy and thick in the mouth, moderately carbonated.

O - A big, sweet and syrupy beer. I wouldnt class this an AIPA as it is seriously overbalanced on the malt.

Photo of heygeebee
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours two fingers, opaque copper/gold. Dense head. Good lacing

Aromas of citrus / pine, a little pineapple.

Taste is restrained, balanced, and not too bitter. Citrus, pine, and hop notes, in a nice hybrid style.

Mouthfeel a little thin

Overall – well made. I’m not an IPA man but I like the subltety here. Could drink more than one of these.

Photo of Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle of this from MrKennedy in a trade, the Beast pours out as a deep murky copper color with quick fading head at first. The only thing left is a little tan ring around the glass. The smell is a little earthy and hoppy at the same time. It actually reminds me of some barley wines I've had over the course of time. The taste give off the hoppy barley wine flavor as well. I think it could compare this to Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot. The mouthfeel is on the thinker side as well. It's a pretty good beer overall.

Photo of Stew41
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not sure why I don’t have a note on this one? No doubt this a power style. Masses of sweet hop and marginally less malt impact. Very complete mouthfull right the palate although the sweet heavy weight of the flavour can be a turnoff if you were drinking pot after pot of the stuff. Crap note but I’ll reassess soon. Heaps better on tap. ($5.30 @ Local Taphouse Balaclava)

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer should get a five based on the label alone.

A - Pours a hazy orange-umber, and is capped with a short-lived off-white cap.

S - The nose offers notes of citrus and biscuity malt, in equal proportions.

T - Taste is somewhat sweet, with malt leading the way; hop bitterness is fairly low, with grapefruit, general citrus and grassy tones present.

M - IPA. Okay.

O - It is a pretty easy drinking brew. Though not great, I easily crushed my half of the bottle in a minute or two.

Photo of MasterSki
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to maneliquor

A - Murky dark orange-brown body. Finger of white foam that settles to a thin cap and a slightly thicker collar. A few spots of lace.

S - Oranges, light tropical notes, some grass, sweet malts, burnt sugars, a bit of bread.

T - Taste is very juicy - lots of tangerine and orange. Some bread and caramel malt. Light bitterness.

M - Very dry, with a juice-like finish. Medium carbonation, medium body. Pleasant enough. Some residual oils and resins.

D - I killed half the bottle in minutes. Really drinkable and refreshing. It's a pretty average IPA, but there's no real problems with it either.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Stella tulip

A - Pours a slight orage copper colour witha two fingered almost white head that reatins well and laces the glass.

S - Big amounts of Mandarin here this is a fresh brew. Pine and citrus also present

T - Up front the orange mandarin gives off a nice kick, followed by some nice pine hop notes witha nice bitterness on the finish.

M - Medium body with low to medium carbonation.

O - Beats Hop Hog hands down, i'm lucky to have a fresh one. If you see one, buy it.

Photo of spicelab
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably about the 15th time I've had this...

Pours a murky amber colour with an initially healthy off-white head that abates to a resilient sliver.

Spritzy pineapple, reminiscent of pineapple lollies (candy for the US BAs), watermelon and slight herbal notes collide with very pungent, savoury biscuity malts. The interaction of malt and hops in this one creates a very distinctive signature.

Taste is similar, although malts dominate and generate some very deep treacle and caramel fudge flavours which combine very nicely with the tropical background. Truly delicious, although admittedly very consistent with my love of caramel desserts.

Moderate carbonation, coats the palate nicely and softens the slightly dry finish.

So moreish. Certainly not complex, but the elements are in beautiful balance - notwithstanding the atypical malt character for an IPA.

Photo of jonno79
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very much your quintessential American IPA with copious malt backing, which is the norm here in Australia.

Still they have a better hopping regime than most of their competition, so whilst the body is a little full and flabby, there is plenty of citrus and tropical fruit to keep you going.

I have always thought this would be a great 6% beer, with the hopping rate kept in tact.

Looking forward to trying this on tap - maybe a re rate will be in order.

Photo of dgilks
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly clear amber colour with a creamy, off-white head. Fair head retention with nice lacing.

Moderate, citrussy hop aroma. Good caramel notes. Grapefruit.

Distinct crystal malt flavours play with good hoppy character. Slightly harsh hoppiness takes away from the otherwise nice grapefruit notes. Hints of pine.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. I'd like a touch less carbonation.

Tasty but I wonder if it is as good as the bottled product.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes 3/12/11. Thanks to THECPJ for splitting this bottle. Cool label art.

A: Pours a slightly hazy light orange, lots of carbonation bubbles. Small white head dissipated quickly and left minimal lacing.

S: A good bit of caramel malt and a little bit of piney hops.

T: Some grassy hops, it is very earthy. There is a sizeable caramel malt backbone. Has a dry, bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied, a bit high on the carbonation scale. Dry finish.

O: It was ok, unsure of bottle dating, solid overall, but would have liked a strong hop presence, especially on the aroma.

Photo of laituegonflable
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty burnt-orange colour, translucent and almost opaque with a slow, fairly light bead feeding a really lovely dense off-white head, 1/2 a finger's crown of nice, sticky lace. Pretty good.

Great malt base to the nose. Lots of sweet caramel notes with a touch of brown bread. On top of that is some lovely hop notes, fruity and very floral, with citrus peel and rosewater the dominant characters. Yeah, really nice all over. Hops could be more dominant in an IPA, although the malt aroma is nonetheless very pleasant.

Taste is also fairly malt-prominent. Lots of caramel notes with a slight buttery edge and some light grain as well. Hops provide a nice fruitiness on the mid, with strong orange/lemon zest flavours that develop a floral nectar kind of flavour late and descend into a citrus-forward bitterness on the back, slightly resinous on the finish with a touch of grapefruit and amild chalkiness. Good IPA notes, could still use more aggressive hop flavours, but a tasty drop notwithstanding.

Great foaminess on the feel and a good body. Feels alive in my mouth with all its complexities but not too fizzy, not too dry. Pretty much perfect, but perhaps a touch too thick, has a viscosity level that is perhaps a bit excessive.

Yeah, a tasty drop. The typical IPA bitterness, great palate and flavour.

Photo of Macca
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours a cloudy dark honey colour with a very generous head that wants to stick around.

Lots of malt on the nose and a little bit of alcohol peaking through too. Where are the hops?

There's the hop bitterness but not a lot of hop flavours. Lots of malt. Disappointed.

A big full mouthfeel.

I just don't get this beer. I wanted a lot more hoppiness. Maybe I just don't understand the style.

Photo of mulder1010
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ML bottle poured into a SA Perfect pint

A-- Poured a deep orange brown color, fairly hazy looking. Very solid, well constructed one finger head. Nice, thick lacing on the sides of the glass as you drink. Very nice head retention with this. No real visible carbonation.

S-- Soft Carmel with lemon and grapefruit aromas. Gets bigger as it gets warmer.

T-- I get malt at first, then the hops. Pretty well balanced between the 2 but the hops become more more dominant as you drink more.

M-- Malt gives way to the hops in a big way. A lot of grapefruit and lemon bitterness in this and holds the flavor quite well. Packs a nice punch and reminds you this a US version of an IPA every sip. Lots of tannins on my teeth and a slight burn going down. Malt is more hidden but do get flashes of sweetness in it still. Medium to low carbonation on this.

D-- English IPA?? Not even close. This is much closer to a US Western IPA. This is GOOD. ABV is well hidden and mixes bitterness with the right touches of sweetness in this. Very drinkable and very excellent. Very worth seeking out if in Australia. Brewers did their homework on this beer and have done a good job in replicating a US IPA. Also, great artwork on the bottle. One of the best labels I have seen on a beer.

Photo of Hanger
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle poured into a glass

A - Deep amber colour with 10 mm ofcreamy head that dropped slightly but persisted

S - some hop aromas, not overly strong

T - sweet malts and along with a strong kick of bitter hops, very enjoyable

M - initially sweet and smooth with a very hoppy aftertaste, 7.0% alcohol not noticed

D - Very good, smooth and great to drink, two is probably the limit in a sitting though. Easily one of the best IPAs i've tried

Photo of juju7
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vibrant amber with a creamy head. Nose shows a fair bit of caramel malt dominating the piney hops and boiled lolly notes. A little more restrained than I was expecting. On the palate is very big upfront with a good kick of malty bitterness. Not so much hop flavour coming through. Finishes good and long. Perhaps a touch out of balance for my liking with the malt a little too dominant but a pretty good IPA overall and a beast to be sure.

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Jamieson Beast IPA from Jamieson Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.