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Jamieson Beast IPA - Jamieson Brewery

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Jamieson Beast IPAJamieson Beast IPA

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BA SCORE
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
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)
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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.

foles, Nov 13, 2011
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

wordemupg, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of PhilDaBrewer
3/5  rDev -21.9%

PhilDaBrewer, Feb 22, 2014
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.

tbeckett, Mar 12, 2012
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.

dansmcd, Oct 05, 2011
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.

Macca, Jul 19, 2010
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

vandemonian, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of Mendicant
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Mendicant, Nov 14, 2013
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.

ktrillionaire, May 02, 2011
Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: hazy amber color, medium-sized head that disappears, no lacing
s: hops dominate, some sweet caramel malts come through
t: pretty good balance of hops (present throughout) and malts that finishes with a very mild hoppy bitterness
m: medium body, decent carbonation, rather smooth
d: have enjoyed this one a few times & don't mind enjoying a few more given its good balance & kick at 7.0%

belgbeerdrinker, Oct 19, 2007
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.

jjkatter, Jan 16, 2012
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.

Knapp85, Jun 01, 2011
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.

MasterSki, Apr 28, 2011
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.

jonno79, Mar 24, 2011
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.

mdaschaf, Mar 22, 2011
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
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 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 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 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 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 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 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
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Jamieson Beast IPA from Jamieson Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.