1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Jamieson Beast IPA - Jamieson Brewery

Not Rated.
Jamieson Beast IPAJamieson Beast IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

40 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 40
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jamieson Brewery visit their website
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 40 | Reviews: 37 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of IHasaFlavaFlav
4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just got an order from www.slowbeer.com.au and this made up half my order.

A - Pours a reddy-brown colour, with head that dissipates to a small ring. The beer looks big, like the name suggests.

S - I get a honey/toffee smell off this beer, it is amazing, my beer-a-phobe girlfriend spent about a minute with her nose in it, amazed and intrigued. The smell is full on, sweet, with a little bit of fruitiness. You taste this beer before it enters your mouth.

T - The honey from the aroma, comes through the taste straight away. Full, rich, almost overwelming, once the beer warms up in your mouth, the hops come through. A huge, bitter kick of hops, a resiny hit. Its amazing. I believe the idea of balance in this beer, is like the Chuck Norris of malty goodness side kicking the Chuck Norris of hop bitterness, who is also side kicking the other Chuck Norris.

M - A little low on carb, but for such a big beer there isn't that much stickiness left in the mouth.

D - I'd need to eat some food with it, but I'd try my hardest to make a session beer out of this 7% ABV monster.

IHasaFlavaFlav, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of mungus
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

mungus, Nov 20, 2011
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

Hanger, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of vancurly
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy chestnut brown, with orange edge. Thick beige head.

S: Initial hop flinty/hoppy aromas, then herbaceousness, honey, caramel malt. Opens to fruitiness.... subtle pineapple, tobacco leaf.

F: Rich & herbal.... Campari note. Honey, pistachio, toasty. Very English, to me.

M: Full bodied, slightly creamy, bitter. A good mouthful.

D: Excellent drop. One of the better offerings from Jamieson.

vancurly, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of ADZA
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The first thing i have to say about this beer is that i love the labeling,it pours a deep copper hue with average carbonation that leaves a half finger head with subtle sticky lacing,the aroma is piney,citrus dominated hops with some honey malts aswell,it has an above average mouthfeel for the style which is very pleasing on the palette with tastes of piney,citrusy,coated hops with a tinge of passionfruit which is beautifuly balanced out with a nice honey malty finish which takes away any sting of bitterness that u would expect to make drinkability for high and i really like this beer and just wish i had revisited it earlier and bought more as i think my local is nearly out.

ADZA, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of jbowers56
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle in to my delirium tremens snifter. I should state before reviewing that this is probably my favourite style of beer and, for me, easily holds its own against the best beers made in this style.

a) A beautiful red/brown colour. Hazy in colour. Head was about 2 fingers at the top of the snifter, settles in to a thin cover and a ring around the edge.

s) Very sweet smell. A lot of caramel and fruit.

t) Immediate bitterness is counteracted by rich caramel flavours. The taste is lingering with the hoppy citrussy bitterness and caramel malts fighting for dominance throughout.

m) Not a huge amount of carbonation but enough to lift it slightly. Really quite smooth in the overall mouthfeel.

d) Could, and have, easily put away a few too many of these. Delicious, complex and (if you are a hop freak like me) leave you wanting more.

jbowers56, Nov 16, 2009
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.

spicelab, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of joecast
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

love the bottle. sort of an indiana jones motif going. 330ml. 7%abv. no date noticeable.

pours a hazy orange which glows lightly when held to light. thin tanned head leaves a good lacing. lightly carbonated.

big sweet malt aroma. good floral hoppiness but that malt gives it a run for its money. really mouthwatering. normally i would look for more of a hop focus, but here i can make an exception.

hop bitterness hits pretty hard. wow, this is an australian beer??? according to the website there are six hop additions. according to my taste buds they attack like, well, a beast! impressive then that there is still a considerable malt presence.

mouthfeel is a bit on the heavy side for my liking. i guess it helps maintain some balance (maybe not), but i think more so it detracts from drinkability. this is not a small beer by any means, but going by the taste (hops, malt and mouthfeel) it comes across much bigger. i wuold even suggest close to double ipa territory (their website says american ipa btw).

anyway, certainly a unique beer on the local market. well done to the brewers. and a huge thanks to brendan13 for sending this my way.

joecast, Mar 02, 2009
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.

mulder1010, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of dirtylou
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this in a bottle shop in Melbourne, the corny beast label sold me

It should be mentioned, in case encountered by someone not familiar with American IPA's, that this is a very comparable beer

Appearance: Pretty intense label that features some sort of fanged beast thrashing through the jungle. pours into hotel glass…hazy tea-like appearance, amber-copper…nice creamy beige head that retains itself rather well.

Smell: noticeably hoppy right off the bat, reminiscent of American versions of the style…sweet caramel malts, citrus/pine hops

Taste: woah, is this Australian? This shit is delicious. Potent citrus/pine hops with a sweet/syrupy malt compliment...light booze presence that does this beer well. Moderate bitterness level. Very smooth and pulpy

Mouthfeel: smooth, pulpy, decent bitterness

Drinkability: pretty good

dirtylou, Jul 01, 2007
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.

eric5bellies, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of brendan13
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden copper colour with an inch or so of dense off white head that slowly falls away.
S - Big piney resin hops with some subtle tropical citrus in the background. Bit of sweet maltiness.
T - A very good balance of pine & citrus hops and sweet, caramel malts. Almost a 5 but I restrained myself.
M - Medium to full mouthfeel with low carbonation.
D - The 7%ABV limits the drinkability a bit but a couple of pints of these in a session would be alright in my books.

Apparently these guys spent a couple of weeks in Portland & Seattle "researching". Thats proper research unlike some other research that Australian "microbreweries" do.
PS. The label artwork is also very cool.

brendan13, Aug 07, 2007
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.

laituegonflable, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of CrazyDavros
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy ruby red with lots of fine carbonation. Very thick off-white, persistant, one-inch head. Absolutely stunning. Some lacing.
Aroma is lemon, orange, slight toasty malt, tad grassy, definate fruity esters. Lots of toffee malt apparent as the beer warms.
Fruity bitterness dominates, with toasty malt backing. Mmmm, full grain bread. Slight alcohol note can be percieved. Would have liked more malt, strong hops bitterness makes it slightly unbalanced considering BA has it listed as an english IPA.
Very smooth, rather high carbonation. Mild heat on palate from alcohol.
Very nice example of an english IPA.

CrazyDavros, Mar 19, 2009
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.

juju7, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of Lukie
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a murky amber, with a minimal head that slowly dropped back into lacing that covered the glass the whole way down.

Lot's of tropical fruit. Passionfruit, pineapple, and what even seems to be hints of marshmellow.

Fruity qualities on the front of the palate. Lot's of citrus tones. It finishes off with nice crisp bitterness.

Quite well rounded and easy drinking for the high ABV. Def. worth the price over here. Hopefully it doesn't run out too quick.

Lukie, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of Cs1987
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Deep red, 1 finger of head, good retention and lacing.

Smell - Strong, lots of citrus hops and a fair bit of sweet malt. Not quite a Hop Hog beater in this field though.

Taste - A bit of a cross between the English and American style IPAs, with citrus and grassy hops balanced with a sweet caramel-like malt flavour.

Mouthfeel - Pretty smooth, medium bodied, low carbonation.

Drinkability - Pretty good for an IPA.

Overall - Undoubtedly one of the best Australian IPAs.

Cs1987, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of koolk
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper with a great fluffy white head that persists.

Strong fruit nose - tropical mainly mixes well with sweet biscuit notes. Lots of pineapple, grapefruit and apple even.

Initial malty sweetness leads into a fruit flavoured palate that finishes with strong bitterness. Pleasant mix of flavours churn together with a really nice warmth on the palate courtesy of teh high abv.

Good balance between sweet and bitter with a creamy mouthfeel make this a very balanced brew.

Top notch. Enjoyed it. Buyer beware, it hides the alcohol very well. Look forward to trying on tap.

koolk, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of LittleCreature
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 3.5
Poured all head, the beer is close to expiry but I'm not sure if that would have anything to do with it. The head is frothy, bumpy and cream coloured, over a somewhat hazy orange-raspberry body.

Smell - 4.0
Just one sniff indicates that this is a big beer. Sweet, cake-like maltiness, orange peel, pine needles and fusel alcohol.

Taste - 4.5
Very, very strong. If anything the beer is too rich, with sweet, sticky, biscuity, toffeeish malt, balanced by a fruity yeastiness often found in Australian brewed ales, and a decent hit of herbal and metallic bitterness that comes on late. Warming, almost hot alcohol on the back of the throat. Getting close to being a DIPA, this is a big, big beer.

Mouthfeel - 3.0
Quite thick, smooth and syrupy with low to moderate carbonation that fades quickly.

Drinkability - 3.5
Not a sessionable beer by any means, but definitely worth trying, and trying agin.

OVERALL - 3.95
I started out drinking this beer the wrong way. Foolishly I focussed on the suggested "English IPA" style (rather than the bold bottle art and BEAST lettering), and took long draws, as I would for any sessionable, bitter English style ale. Lets get one thing straight, this is no session beer. In fact, it would be more enjoyable as a sipper out of a goblet, such is its richness and power. A good beer to sip at while watching a late movie but quite unsuitable for the hot Australian summer.

LittleCreature, Apr 06, 2009
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.

heygeebee, Jul 30, 2011
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.

dgilks, Mar 24, 2011
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)

Stew41, May 14, 2011
Photo of jarmby1711
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very appealing dark gold to brown .Slightly opaque witha fine persistent head and aequate lacing.
The aroma is obvious hop but is somewhat one dimensional and fades quickly.
The taste is a little less brutish than expected The backbone is of solid malt that is well overlaid with the hoppiness , that is bitter but not particularly fruity.
It is oily in the mouth which detracts as I would think a watery dryness would suit the bitterness better.
It is very drinkable and hides the 7.0% ABV very well .
Perhaps my expectations were high but this is tamer than I thought but still well worth a drink

jarmby1711, Jul 23, 2007
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.

soju6, May 26, 2013
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange colour, with a very thick body. Carbonation pools aimlessly for a while, before rising and creating a frothy white head. This dissipates rather quickly, leaving a fine film and collar, which provides good lace. Pretty good.

Somewhat subdued hop nose; what's there is resinous and sharp, with pine notes dominant. Little fruit fragrance noticeable. It's quite subdued, and mingles with the other sweetnesses in the aroma. To be honest, it doesn't have the bold tropical aromas I expected from my previous review. Not bad, but certainly lacking something.

Initially tingling carbonation sets off a cascade of welling hop bitterness, full and forthright but suitably balanced with the thick rich body behind it. Again, the fruit characters seem muted, but I'm quite possibly simply expecting something that was never intended to be there. Finish is long with a slightly coarse hop resin bite at the end. A good IPA profile - I just wish there was some fragrance there as well.

Drinkability is good, and the 7% is well hidden.

Don't get me wrong, this is a decent IPA, but it doesn't quite feel cut from the same mould as the best US examples. Perhaps this sample was old (there's no freshness date on the bottle) - it feels as though the flavours have been muted, and I was left with the bare bones. The structure is good, but the heart is missing.

lacqueredmouse, Dec 30, 2009
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Jamieson Beast IPA from Jamieson Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.