Jamieson Beast IPA | Jamieson Brewery

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Jamieson Beast IPAJamieson Beast IPA

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Jamieson Brewery

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by vancurly on 04-09-2007

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Photo of ADZA
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of IHasaFlavaFlav
4.64/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Cs1987
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.97/5  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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of joecast
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of koolk
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of Lukie
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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%

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Photo of brendan13
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
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

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Photo of dirtylou
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of vancurly
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Jamieson Beast IPA from Jamieson Brewery
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