Jamieson Beast IPA - Jamieson Brewery
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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
4.25/5 rDev +10.7%
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.
11-16-2009 09:43:08 | More by jbowers56
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
4.65/5 rDev +21.1%
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.
08-24-2009 07:23:44 | More by IHasaFlavaFlav
4.03/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
07-25-2009 06:32:45 | More by Cs1987
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
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
4.2/5 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
4/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
09-10-2008 10:26:58 | More by koolk
4.03/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
04-27-2008 14:17:25 | More by Lukie
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
4.1/5 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
3.88/5 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
4.13/5 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
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
Jamieson Beast IPA from Jamieson Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.