Jamieson Beast IPA - Jamieson Brewery
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3.65/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
05-31-2011 23:25:58 | More by Knapp85
3.65/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
04-28-2011 20:27:03 | More by MasterSki
3.8/5 rDev -1%
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.
12-30-2009 07:01:26 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.73/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
03-22-2011 17:32:51 | More by mdaschaf
4.13/5 rDev +7.6%
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
06-30-2007 23:42:22 | More by dirtylou
2.9/5 rDev -24.5%
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
04-07-2014 00:14:00 | More by wordemupg
3.93/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
03-24-2011 07:44:23 | More by dgilks
4.05/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
01-27-2011 22:28:39 | More by laituegonflable
3.18/5 rDev -17.2%
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.
03-12-2012 22:40:18 | More by tbeckett
4.03/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
03-19-2009 07:31:41 | More by CrazyDavros
4.28/5 rDev +11.5%
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.
09-07-2009 14:29:42 | More by ADZA
3.53/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
05-02-2011 20:05:38 | More by ktrillionaire
3.85/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
05-26-2013 05:15:53 | More by soju6
4.1/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
08-07-2007 09:08:34 | More by brendan13
3.95/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
07-30-2011 11:57:18 | More by heygeebee
4.1/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
04-15-2011 13:36:23 | More by eric5bellies
3.4/5 rDev -11.5%
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.
10-05-2011 05:30:42 | More by dansmcd
4.2/5 rDev +9.4%
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.
03-02-2009 09:50:11 | More by joecast
4.18/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
04-20-2010 14:51:34 | More by mulder1010
3.48/5 rDev -9.4%
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
12-17-2011 11:55:04 | More by vandemonian
4.3/5 rDev +12%
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.
04-09-2007 07:57:54 | More by vancurly
3.63/5 rDev -5.5%
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%
10-19-2007 07:51:07 | More by belgbeerdrinker
4/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
04-06-2009 06:39:19 | More by LittleCreature
3.88/5 rDev +1%
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
07-23-2007 22:24:20 | More by jarmby1711
4.22/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
03-28-2011 11:26:29 | More by spicelab
Jamieson Beast IPA from Jamieson Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.