Road Trip | Holgate Brewhouse / Keatings Hotel

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Holgate Brewhouse / Keatings Hotel

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Summer

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Added by heygeebee on 01-29-2012

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Photo of doktorhops
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Time for a road trip down to Keatings Hotel... figuratively! Well technically this is a beer I've tried already on tap however not wanting to be a beer snob (sometimes) and jotting down notes into my phone, I decided to not review it at the tap... as I was quite possibly inebriated. Which is a difficult word to spell if you are it by the way, perhaps that should be the way that police can test if drivers are drunk: "Now spell inebriated sir".

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Presents with a clear burnt orange body and white minimal lacing.

S: A west coast style American IPA, so much so that if you had to pick between this Australian brewed beer and an American one you might be hard pressed; bold pine and citrus hops with a toasted biscuit/caramel base and a hint of passionfruit.

T: Sweet, but not overpowering, caramel malts come to the fore, followed by those bold pine/citrus hops and sharp (but expected) bitter orange twang in the finish. A brew very much true to it's west coast American IPA style.

M: Medium bodied with even almost creamy carbonation.

D: Well Holgate certainly can ace an American style, which in itself is cool, however there are already a billion+ west coast American IPA's out there does the world need another? Yes! But does an Aussie brewer need to blindly parrot a style that is tried-and-true? Yes, also! Ok, sure, fine, maybe you have a point but I'm not convinced we should be doing this when we could bring something unique and "Australian" to the brewing world, like Stone & Wood Pacific Ale. Anyway a decent, drinkable and very American styled IPA.

Food match: BBQ's, Asian cuisine, roasts - the American IPA suits all of these and then some. A great match for almost anything except dessert.


Normally I reserve my re-reviews for beers that have infections or for whatever reason they’ve gone awry at some stage in the brewing process (e.g. my reviews of Delirium Tremens & Sixpoint Sweet Action). However this time a Holgate rep Gino provided me with this bottle brewed only 7 days ago - it doesn’t get any fresher than that! He also advised me that Holgate are torpedoing this IPA now and it should be better than ever so I should re-review it. I accepted his freebie but warned him “be careful what you wish for”… My original review gave it a pretty decent 7.5/10, it may end up lower this time [I imagine his fingers are crossed right now].

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Almost clear SAE amber body with a wispy half centimetre cream-coloured head. Looks rather the same (though this is slightly hazed) as from my original review so I didn’t alter my score here. 6/10.

S: Yep, bout as fresh as hops get - that grassy/green/cannabis overtone you get from smelling a bag of hop pellets comes through nice and assertive. Hints of passionfruit and piney hop notes also struggle to get past the greenness of the hop character, no doubt these notes will come out more when you store this beer longer before beginning to fade away (as hops do). Not quite as juicy in the aroma as a fresh can of Pirate Life but close. 9/10.

T: Orange upfront, follows through to passionfruit, grassy/herbal/cannabis mid-palate, and finishes with a reasonable level of bitterness. Definitely more west coast USA than the original I had years ago, and the torpedoing helps with this. However there is an oddly out of place grainy character towards the finish (that I’ve noticed before in Aussie beers but never in US beers) it’s hard to put my finger on but it does distract from the overall enjoyment of Road Trip. 7/10.

M: Medium bodied with a decent amount of hop oils and a light but dense carbonation. 8/10.

D: Apart from that odd grainy note towards the finish this has all the hallmarks of an improved brew, only with that it feels a bit like “one step forward, two steps back”. Why and for what they added that somehow or it got in unintentionally is beyond me, however I do feel if they can address that they’ll have, well not quite a Pirate Life IPA killer, but something like it. Cheers Gino! 7/10.

Food match: Same as before: BBQ's, Asian cuisine, roasts.

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Photo of Momon
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows lots of juicy fruit, with pineapple, nectarine and peach confectionery notes.
The flavours instead focus on grapefruit along with a little clean malt.
Finishes quite dry with a piny, hoppy bitterness.
Carbonation is perhaps a little excessive.

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Photo of pin
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of joecast
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of patre_tim
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Copper with a hint of haze, moderate carbonation, and a finger of beige tinged head that fades fast.

Really American on the nose. Pine, orange, cayenne pepper, and garlic.

Amazing balance. Fruity and tropical with jack fruit, pine, orange, and mango. Floral as well, like a bouquet of tastes.

Medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

Very well done brew, especially the nose and taste. Found in Chiang Mai, drank here May 25th, 2016.

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Photo of leslie91
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopSavant
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smekermann
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of CaptainHungry
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Buklen
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JoshBarker
4.74/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle purchased from Stanmore Cellars.

Pours a pleasant, mildly hazed orange hue, with a firm and smooth head of just off-white. Lace is speckled and patchy. After a while, the head dissipates, leaving just a suggestion of foam. Carbonation is fine, and there's some heft to the body. Looks pretty good.

Nose is rounded and fruity, with a bright bouquet of tropical aromas. Some mango, passionfruit, a little citrus and a sweetness rounding it out like pineapple juice. Malt provides a juicy basis: again giving a little sweetness, but staying away from getting too sickly. It's definitely fragrant and pleasant, without the sharpness you often find in an IPA, while maintaining a strong hop presence.

Taste is milder than I expected, but still pleasant. That juicy sweet malt again forms a firm basis, here with a little bit more oomph due to a slight lack of really strong bitterness on the back. The hops that do come through are leafy, slightly herbal and a touch peppery: giving a more organic and brusquer bitterness than the fruitiness suggested. Everything is still quite rounded, however. There's very little sharpness to it, which helps the beer integrate nicely, and makes it more drinkable as a result.

Feel is smooth and clear, with a pleasant smoothness behind it.

Overall, I'm pretty impressed. This is a very firm, well-crafted American IPA. It has loads of flavour, but balances the characters nicely, leading to a beer that is as drinkable as it is flavoursome. Nice stuff.

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Photo of bylerteck
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of life_of_agony
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dansmcd
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Sail and Anchor, Fremantle

A - A dense finger of white head crowns a golden amber body. Decent lacing.

S - American hops up front, pine and citrus, fresh and wet.

T - Follows the nose up front with a good dose of grapefruit, orange and pine. Balanced with caramel malt.

M - Solid bitterness, medium to full body, nice and creamy, moderate carbonation.

O - A ripper. Plenty of punch and character at 5.5% abv. Highly recommended.

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Photo of admiral
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of terence
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of heygeebee
3.32/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Revewing as a comparison to the on-tap version had some months ago. From iPhone notes.

Pours a 100% clear light clear amber, sadly no head.

Aromas and taste are driven by the usual pine, citrus, grapefruit, but the taste is light and a little watery. Having said that, it's very drinkable, almost sessionable, unusual for the ABV...

Not as good as bottle IMHO.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: good quality 330mL brown bottle with stylish quality label. Nice.

Appearance: pours a pleasant amber-orange in colour with plenty of fine carbonation. A fairly demure head for an AIPA with sporadic lacing.

Aroma: plenty of pine and citrus hops per the style, with some tropical fruits. Refreshing.

Taste: follows the aroma quite closely - plenty of pine and citrus hops with tropical fruits again. Not mind-blowing, but a great example of the style.

Aftertaste: the strong hop bitterness comes through with some sweetness from the underlying malts.

Mouth feel: a fairly thin mouth feel with, could have used a bit more body. The carbonation is about right though.

Overall: a nice American IPA - worth the having. Pretty expensive per the Holgate norm, but you get what you pay for I guess. A fairly standard version of a top shelf AIPA.

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Photo of chogm54
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml glass poured into half pint. 65IBUs, should be nice.

L - copper, pours a frothy thick white head. Clear. Loos inviting!

s- Herbal, moist soil and caramel mainly, with a hint of honey and mango

T - seems quite well balanced. biscuity malts, slightly sweet honey flavour with hint of lemon. The floral hoppy bitterness slowly ramps up, hitting on towards the end. The sweetness gets lost in the sharp finish.

F - Well carbonated, medium bodied, slightly creamy texture.

O - very solid American IPA - up there with some west cost USA IPA's I've had. Well balanced malt and hop tastes.

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Photo of stevoj
3.14/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A bit mild on the hops (US NW standards), but solid IPA. Pours out with nice creamy head, aroma equal parts hops and malt. Taste is a bit sharper, piney resinous hops at the finish

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Andrewharemza
4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured a clear orange amber with a lingering ring of amber foam. Aromas of caramel, orange zest, earthiness and pine. Palate was light bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of caramel, earthiness, light pine and a hint of citrus with a smooth dry lingering bitter finish.

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