Billabong 4 Hop Ale | Billabong Brewery

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Billabong Brewery

Style: English Pale Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by vancurly on 04-25-2007

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 4
Photo of laituegonflable
2.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a deep red amber hue, head is generous, beige, nice webs on the side. Settles down to a modest film with nice lace behind. Clear, with steady and fast carbonation. Pretty great.

Smells quite tart, with berry notes and much metallic character. Very coppery and some faint herbal notes, kinda smells like a Chinese medicine shop, sweet spices lingering in the air. Not a huge fan, but not bad

Tastes quite plain, thin, with a really lacking malt base. Hops are also lacklustre with some metallic notes and hints of Thai herbs on there with fresh cut grass as well. Slight spiciness on the back but yeah, some more malt is not only wanted but absolutely essential here. Just real lacking without it.

Also quite thin on the feel. Can't ask for much but not that bad, considering.

Meh. This beer is trying to be intense and complex, but it's just dirty without being overly flavoursome. For 3.8% it's too overpowering to be really sessionable. Having set a high standard for drinkability, it has failed to deliver.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.4/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very nice deep copper amber colour, with a decent if not billowing head of cream-coloured bubbles. Lacing is a bit disappointing. The colour is very nice and the clarity is very good, though.

Certainly a lot of hops on the nose, but with the slightly resinous, vegetative quality of an English variety (or varieties). Hint of plastic and snail killer. Some sweetness as well, and oddly, a backwards hint of lemon or grapefruit, making me wonder if there isn't an American variety in the mix as well. Not bad.

Taste is hugely disappointing. Initially, there's an empty thinness, just like a crust of faint hop bitterness surrounding an iced-water nothingness. A bit more simple bitterness on the back, but by then I don't care. On the finish, there's a slight toffee-note, but without the sweetness that was sorely needed earlier. Mouthfeel is exceptionally thin. One thing that the English ales give you is a full body at least.

This beer exemplifies why lots of hops also require lots of malt. Even though the hop bitterness is rather tame, there is absolutely nothing underneath it, leaving it woefully unbalanced. Don't get me wrong, it's not an appalling beer, and there are some nice characters to it. But it's just out of kilter, and very disappointing taste-wise.

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Photo of brendan13
2.91/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured into a pint glass a copper colour with a couple of centimetres of off white head that falls away fairly quickly.
S - A spicey, nutty aroma hits first followed by some slightly sweet honey notes.
T - A bit of a nutty character also in the taste but luckily some of citrus & stonefruit hop flavours come to the rescue. Some sweet, slightly sticky maltiness as well.
M - Medium bodied, fairly high carbonation.
D - Not horrible but not something I'd recommend or bother trying again.

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Photo of Lukie
1.68/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Appearance: Poured well into a fluffy 1 finger head, which dissipitated to a firm small head. Dark gold in colour, almost syrup looking. Quite appealing.

Smell: Honey quality. Roasted nuts. Barley. Not overly powerful.

Taste: Roasted coffee beans. High bitter finish which lingers. Smokey. Caramel qualities.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated. Thick, slightly syruppy in texture. Heavy.

Drinkability: Hop bitterness overpowering. Bitter over lingering after-taste. Not recommended unless you are after something overly hoppy and not much else.

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Billabong 4 Hop Ale from Billabong Brewery
2.36 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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