Highwayman Thrice Hopped Red Ale | The Portland Hotel & James Squire Brewhouse

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Brewed by:
The Portland Hotel & James Squire Brewhouse

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rastaman on 06-23-2003

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 11
Photo of heygeebee
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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Pours an amber red cloudy body, sporadic lace, with a one finger head

Muted aromas a little marmalade.

Taste is quite full and hoppy with a good malt backbone. Somewhat earthy hops come thru as it warms. Balanced not too hoppy.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, low carbonation

Well made pub beer, Beats rest of JS range hands down

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Photo of Stew41
3.26/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking beer with a creamy thin head; ’flat-white’ style. Attractive herbal green hop flavour, very restrained and well backed with classy (but mild) caramel malts. Perhaps a touch dilutive but seems well made. Marketed as a red ale which I guess is there or thereabouts.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a small lasting head.
Nose shows massive toasty/nutty malt and caramel alongside a heap of earthy, resinous hops... nice!
Similar hops and malt follow as flavours, although the hops take a more dominant role with big resinous notes and a pronounced bitterness.
Carbonation is a bit high for these flavours.

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.27/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a deep red, almost purple in colour. A bit of head, but not much. Lacing is fan-fuckoff-tastic.

Nose is very malty with a very prominent diacetyl character. Very malty, but very simple, and not very good.

Diacetyl again on the palate, with a slight hoppy character on the back palate, and a slight nutty finish - I'm not sure where that's from. The fact that I don't know what it's from is the best part of it because the aspects of this beer come crashing out like a badly-timed cymbal strike in the middle of a symphony. This is a mess of a beer, to put it frankly. It's clearly been fermented too high, creating a strong over-sweet butterscotch flavour, and then an unbalanced hoppy hit at the back that comes across as unnecessary, because it's too little, too late.

Mouthfeel is a high point, very smooth and quite full. This is too sweet to be quaffed as a session beer, yet too bitter to be savoured and enjoyed as a sweeter option. This is badly balanced, and badly brewed. A disappointment from Squire.

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Photo of brendan13
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark orange colour with a few centimetres of white head that slowly falls away. Huge lacing is left right down the glass.
S - The blackboard says "thrice hopped" and it certainly smells like it. Citris & piney. I think APA is more appropiate but whatever.
T - Sweet, pale malts with the citrus hops coming through as well.
M - Quite full bodied with a full, resin bitter finish.
D - A fave that I always have if it's on tap when I visit here. Very tasty and balanced make it a must have.

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Photo of vancurly
4.09/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep russet/amber, light head.
Strong grain & hop.... cereal / apricots..
Great balance of flavour...good bitterness.
I think it is served too cold, and would also warrant a hand-pulled beer engine, rather than forced CO2....
Allowed to warm, this is a fine ale....

*** edit 8th June 2009 ***
On-tap at the Brewhouse in King St Wharf, Sydney. Above review remains valid, although I detected even greater late-hop influence. An excellent ale, still.

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Photo of jarmby1711
4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Docklands Brewhouse.
Its listed as a Pale Ale , called a Red Ale but tastes like me an English Bitter.
Names are not that important,because this for me was a wonderful bres.
From the rich brown red colour onwards it is all pleaseure.
The hops are reminiscent of their Hop Thief but it goes way beyond that with a rounded sweet malt beneath all the fruitiness. And to finish is a soft bitterness .
It smells good tastes great and for me was irresistable,
The best beer I have had on tap for a long long time

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Photo of BeerNutta
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Portland Hotel.

A = Poured a slightly red to light orange. With a thin foam head.

S = Smelt of malts and lemon.

T = Crisp malt backbone. Slight fruity taste infused with the malts. Apples and pears. Crisp hop finish.

M = Moderately carbonated so its thirst quenching.

D = Good. Easy to drink a few per session. Not a bad beer. Just don't think it's quite red enough to be a red ale.

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Photo of diablo14
3.29/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

its not really red enuff in its appearance to be a red ale, and doesnt really taste like one either, highwayman is a bit average, but still drinkable.

more a cloudy light orange color than red, its got a bubbly head rather than creamy. malty aroma with a musty tinge like wet autumn leaves with a floral hoppy element that belies the other aspects of the nose, and promises much. bit of a nothing flavor, some malt, some nuts, a little sweet with some citrus like notes. the action is all on the back palate. a thrice hopped beer, it has a lovely floral bitterness that is long lasting but superbly balanced and never overwhelming. feels sensational in the mouth, very lively and this alone makes it worthwhile having a second.

unfortunately the hops are not supported by a better beer. not a shocker, but if the flavor merged into the bitterness that emerges during the midsection of the beer, they would have a real winner on their hands.

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Photo of rastaman
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fantastic balance between lightly sweet malts and herbal hops, on the drier side of the scale, with a juicy finish, a fantastic session ale. The flavours aren't too in your face, and they only appear in the mellow, yet bitter finish, i really liked it, great on tap!

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Highwayman Thrice Hopped Red Ale from The Portland Hotel & James Squire Brewhouse
3.53 out of 5 based on 11 ratings.
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