Doctors Orders Brewing
from Australia
120th highest rated brewery (of 635)
Highest RatedDoctors Orders Plasma (80 / 100) Average score66 / 100 (Solid)
Lowest RatedSaccharophobic (51 / 100) Number Tried32
Saccharophobic
Reviewed by Jez on 01.10.16 in bottle
Overall:
51 / 100
(OK)
500ml brown bottle purchased from Leura Cellars.

Pours a deep dark amber colour, probably a couple of shades from genuinely brown to me, but that's also partially because it has extremely good clarity. Head is a nice yellow-tinged off-white, fine and filmy. It forms a very pleasant ring, and leaves nice spotty lace. Carbonation is very fine, and languid, in a decently weighted body. Looks good.

Nose is a little light. There's certainly not a great deal of caramel, or sweetness in general, but there's a dark, minerally character to it which could be the result of the salt. Otherwise, there's perhaps a slight biscuity note underneath, but in general there's not a huge amount to it.

Taste is similar in some ways. There's a lightness that permeates it and really disavows any genuine character of sweetness or caramel. Instead, there's a surprising dark bitterness on the back, which isn't pronounced, but due to the lack of many other flavours, becomes dominant. There's a slight mineral character on the back, probably from the salt, but something about the faint grain notes turns it slightly towards the flavour of plain salted corn chips. The finish, especially early on has an unfortunate yeast note as well, that leaves it slightly dirty and cloying.

Overall, I'm not a big fan, as you can probably tell. Doc is a man who takes risks and who tries new things, but sometimes those risks just aren't going to come off. This is an example of that. It doesn't deliver what it promises unless you're being particularly generous, and what's left is a fairly underwhelming brown ale.
appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 3.0 | taste: 3.0 | feel: 3.0 | drinkability: 3.0
Mutagenic Cephalopod
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 20.07.16 on tap
Overall:
60 / 100
(Decent)
Smoked weird gose with a whole bunch of ingredients dredged from the Mariana trench. Doc is a weird guy. Tried on tap at GABS 2016.

Pours a goldish colour but an odd dark indigo tinge to it. Slightly cloudy with some webbed white lacing on top. Dirty wit colour, essentially. Bit weird, but not hugely.

Smells grainy upfront, with a touch of sourness, some salt character at the edge and an odd smoky meaty note as well. Some weird characters but mostly just a sour witbier character.

Taste is mostly sour. Gets some apple and berry character upfront that turns a little sour, then salt comes through and a fair bit of wood smoke as well but not until the very back. Mostly an umami character, which is not really my thing. Handled satisfactorily.

Body is surprisingly full, and carries the weirdness through the mouth pretty well.

Not bad, but weird and doesn't quite grasp onto any of its many diverse prongs, it's sort of a mess and I think Doc knew that and has embraced it as a mess rather than a particular flavour of weirdness.
appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | drinkability: 3.5
Serum
Reviewed by Jez on 12.07.15 on tap
Overall:
69 / 100
(Very Good)
Tried on-tap at GABS 2015 in Melbourne.

Pours a pale golden colour, with a touch of salmon to the tone. Very hazy and pretty solid in the glass. Head is white, persisting as a thin necklace of bubbles that leaves some slight strands of lace. Lots of fine carbonation. Looks good.

Nose is slightly fruity with a hint of powdery grain and the husky edge of grain sack. Slight pepper notes come through as well, along with a touch of crushed vegetation. It's nice enough.

Flat salty entry on the palate, almost getting a little chalky from early on. The mid-palate has a bit of tartness, but no true acid. Back has some flour and yeast to it, while the aftertaste cloys a little with the clinging tartness and salt bite.

The feel is pretty good when the tartness comes through to add a slight tingle.

Overall, it's nice enough. The tartness is its main asset, and when this is more present it's pretty decent all up. I liked it just fine.
appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | drinkability: 3.75
Serum
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 11.06.15 on tap
Overall:
68 / 100
(Solid)
Pours a champagne colour, hugely cloudy to the point of opaquity. Yes, that's a word, as 'fuckyou' is also a word. Head is white, disappointingly large bubbles but great lacing. Pretty decent.

Champagne continues on the nose, with some mild tart fruit lingering at the back; largely pear-ish in character with a slight peppery spice as well. Not bad.

Tastes somewhat vinous and then gets a little tart. Some mild barnyard funk on the mid-palate and then finishes somewhat bitter. Not a lot of sourness to it which for some reason I was expecting, and not a huge showcase for the mystery 'fruit' that Doc keeps hinting at and which I always assumed would be rhubarb.

Body is thin, lightly tingly bubbles.

Surprisingly restrained effort from Doc. Showcases fruity flavours with a nice bitterness on the back.
appearance: 3.75 | aroma: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.75
Maroon's Blood
Reviewed by Jez on 29.05.15 on tap
Overall:
73 / 100
(Very Good)
An IPA brewed with beetroot juice for State of Origin time. Tried on-tap at the Quarrymans in Pyrmont.

Yep, well the beetroot is doing its job—the colour is somewhere between blood-red and Origin-stealing-maroon. Very clear, very fine head of slightly pink that forms a good ring around the outside of the beer and leaves some patchy lace. Body is quite light, but it looks good overall.

Nose is quite pleasant. Slight mild hoppy characters lift it nicely, but it also has the quirk of having a little thick sweetness to it, possibly attributable to the beetroot. This brings a note of vanilla and honey to the mix. It has some odd characters, but they're all very decent, and certainly interesting.

Taste has a really pleasant sweetness to it, almost berry-like, broken down by a good hoppy bitterness in the mid-palate. The back goes a little buttery, and there's a weird slickness on the back that makes it feel longer and sweeter than I expected, but there's definitely some good stuff in here.

Feel is slicker and thicker than I expected. Again, it's possibly the beetroot giving a bit more character than I expected.

Overall, it's good stuff. The hops are certainly restrained for Doc, but they work well in a more complex array of flavours. It's very decent stuff.
appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 3.75 | taste: 4.0 | feel: 3.75 | drinkability: 4.0
Vaccine Forte
Reviewed by Jez on 29.05.15 on tap
Overall:
57 / 100
(Decent)
Sounds like the Vaccine spiked with additional ginger. Tried on-tap at the Quarrymans in Pyrmont.

Pours a mid brown colour, quite hazed, with a coarse head of pale beige that leaves some mild clumps of lace. Body is pretty thin, as I found with the original Vaccine. Looks decent enough though.

Smell is actually surprisingly mild. It's largely a bit empty apart from a reedy slight flat malt character, twisted a little with a slight wry herbal spice. There is a bit of ginger fragrance that comes through—it's subtle though.

Lots of butter in the palate for some reason, which gives it a slickness and a thickness. Faint spicy dried ginger powder comes through at the edges. There's that hairy wasabi character that builds up on the back as well. Otherwise, it's a smooth-tasting porter with little body. Some vanilla seeps in towards the back as it gets warmer. I'm not sure I like all of the clashing characters, to be honest.

Feel is thick, but the Quarrymans sheet says this is no bigger than the original Vaccine, so I'm not sure what to make of it.

Overall, yeah, I'm not a big fan. But then, I wasn't a fan of the original Vaccine either—in fact I probably liked it even less than this—so this is maybe a slight improvement. I know this beer has some fans, but it's not for me.
appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.25
Exhumed (Bacchus Collaboration)
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 03.11.14 on tap
Overall:
69 / 100
(Very Good)
Pours a pale canary colour, cloudy. Whispy bubbles, white on top. Not bad.

Smells smokey, meaty. Touch of spice. Slight chocolate edge. Could use more tartness but interesting and appealing.

Taste is smoky, meaty again. Weird mix with slight tartness, fresh citrus with unripe apple. Smoky and a distinct chilli note on the back. Ummm weird. Flavours OK, odd blend. What else would I expect though.

Thin, decent texture, not too harsh but a bit of pull.

Weird. An acquired taste. Not badly put together but I just don't like the blend all that much.
appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.75
Doctor's Orders Transfusion
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 03.11.14 on tap
Overall:
62 / 100
(Decent)
Pours a pale gold, cloudy, no head. White rim. Looks berliner weissy.

Smells wild. Somewhat tart. Citrus, pear, custard apple and a touch of salt. Not bad.

Taste is similarly tart, fairly earthy and funky. Notes of pear, crisp apple. Green, touch of rhubarb. Earthy bitterness on the back. Decent, but a distinct off flavour late which doesn't sit very well with me.

Bit of pull, very bitty and dry. Soda-esque in a way without the fizz.

Not bad, feel like more freshness on the back would be the key.
appearance: 3.25 | aroma: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | drinkability: 3.5
Vaccine Elixir
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 03.11.14 on tap
Overall:
73 / 100
(Very Good)
Dark brown, gorgeous head. Foamy, pale brown, nice and thick. Hand-pump does its thang.

Smells lovely. Chocolate, notes of whiskey, mild spice, caramel, mint. Gorgeous too.

Taste is portery, somewhat boozey from early on. Kind of accentuates the wasabi a bit more than I'm used to, sort of blends into and pre-empts it almost. Peppery, earthy at the back. No heat, some lovely oak notes which could be accentuated more, the earthy spice is a bit strong in this one.

Mouthfeel is absolutely crucial here and it helps boister the flavour, the whole thing is creamy, chocolatey and smooth. Maybe a touch boozey is the worst part. But texture is silky, divine.

A touch on the strong side. Considering I count myself the original vaccine's #1 fan I think adding some intensity is not necessary. Nice additional dimension, but a little much.
appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | drinkability: 3.75
Doctor's Orders Transfusion
Reviewed by Jez on 07.08.14 on tap
Overall:
71 / 100
(Very Good)
Tried some time ago on-tap at the Local Taphouse in Sydney. Hadn't gotten around to entering my review—at the time of publication, I believe the beer is long gone, sadly.

Pours a very pale salmon colour, certainly not particularly red or blood-like—I guess salmon is to red as radioactive green is to black (cf. Cephalopod). Head is very fine and white, sitting in a pleasant ring around the glass. Very light body, which isn't unexpected. Fine carbonation. Looks good.

Nose is quite pleasant. Fine wheaty acidity gives it a crispness, and some fruitiness gives it a bit more depth. There's also a slight vinous quality to the acidity as well—in some respects, it's pretty one-note, but it's refreshing.

Taste is also very refreshing. Slight aspirin tones, lemon and soda and perhaps a little organic rhubarb note to it. Acidity is certainly not really pronounced, but it comes through in the feel which is light, spritzy and refreshing. There's also a hint of something a little spicy on the back, which is also quite pleasant.

Overall, this was very quaffable and very enjoyable. I think I like it better than I did the Cephalopod, even though they're similar in many ways.
appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.0 | drinkability: 4.0
Doctor's Orders Electrolyte Forte
Reviewed by Jez on 09.06.14 on tap
Overall:
67 / 100
(Solid)
An imperial gose formed by ice-distillation of Doc's regular Electrolyte. Tried on-tap at GABS in Melbourne.

Pours a very, very pale lemon colour, with huge chalky haze to it. Weight is very solid and stable in the glass. Head is a frothy firm white that doesn't leave much lace as it goes down. Looks the business though.

Nose is fairly light, balancing between sweet and savoury. Lemon candy characters come through, but so does a dustiness leaving the aromas semi-savoury. It's light and clean at least.

Light entry to the palate before some tart lemony characters come through which remind me of Doc's original brewing of Zephyr. Back has a slight medicinal character and a noticeable booze. Aftertaste is slightly metallic, which could well be the salt from the gose.

Feel is thick and chewy, which is quite good.

Overall, it's decent enough, but I was surprised it wasn't more crazy in terms of flavour given a) GABS, b) Doc and c) the concept itself. It's still solid stuff though, and I'm certainly pleased to have tried it.
appearance: 4.25 | aroma: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | drinkability: 3.75
Doctor's Orders Vaccine - Wheat Wasabi Porter
Reviewed by Jez on 20.05.14 on tap
Overall:
52 / 100
(OK)
A 100% wheat "porter", spiced with wasabi. Tried on-tap at the Quarrymans Hotel in Pyrmont.

Pours a dark, dark brown colour with a thin head of orange-beige that settles out fairly quickly, but leaves very nice, fine and tiny lacing. Body is really lightweight—almost brutally so. It almost looks thinner than water. Very strange.

Nose is slightly nutty with a touch of toasty malt coming through. Some vanilla sweetness or almond praline. There's a slight grassy, grainy hint, and perhaps just a suggestion of wasabi, but it's very mild. Not bad.

Taste is extremely thin with that watery body really conspiring to undermine things. Light husky toastiness around the outside with a touch of biting mustard heat on the back. Slight popcorn character comes through the centre. There's weird aromatics towards the back (I guess the wasabi), but there's no medium to carry the flavour. Afraid not.

Feel is really genuinely thin and weak. I guess this it what you get by only using wheat. It's a big disappointment.

Doc, what have you done? I get it—experimentation is your craft, but this is a bit of a dud as far as I'm concerned. I guess my shock is just an indication though that Doc's experimental duds are rare.
appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 3.5 | taste: 3.0 | feel: 2.5 | drinkability: 3.0
Doctor's Orders Intravenous Elixir
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 29.11.13 on tap
Overall:
65 / 100
(Solid)
Pours a slightly pale brown colour, clear with creamy, foamy head. Retains quite nicely leaving some specks of lace behind. Looks good albeit paler than I expected.

Smells of banana, and... well, a bit of everything. There's caramel, dark pumpernickel bread, cinnamon, clove, and a touch of smoke. Yeah, lots of interest but lacking in coherent structure. I don't mind terribly though.

Taste goes down a similar route. Rye, sourdough grain coming through with some buttery notes, smoke and a touch of dry cinnamon. More banana towards the back that almost gets sour. Smoke, spice. Fair alcohol character as well. Not bad.

Full body, warming alcohol towards the back. Quite nice.

A little bit hot flavour wise, and a huge mix of flavours. At some point I'd like to see Doc do something really, really pedestrian, just to see how he goes.
appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.0 | drinkability: 3.5
Doctor's Orders Intravenous Elixir
Reviewed by Jez on 11.06.13 on tap
Overall:
79 / 100
(Excellent)
On-tap at GABS 2013 in Melbourne. The full style is "Barrel-Aged Black Belgian IPA" (aged in Scotch Whiskey barrels). I'm sure they'd have loved to add a few more adjectives to the mix there as well.

Pours a deep brown colour, almost opaque in the glass, with a solid body that hides its carbonation. Head forms a full, frothy yellow-beige crest, leaving solid, chunky sheets of lace as it goes down. Looks pretty good.

Brown malt characters on the nose, along with a slew of aromas from the barrel: oak, vine and a touch of booze, and a fragrant organic sweetness, like weetbix topped with brown sugar and banana. Some vanilla comes through as well. It's lovely.

Vanilla prominent on the front of the palate too, along with the first suggestion of booze, perhaps giving a slight cherry bite. Roasty, darker malts come through later, more of the brown malt note and a toasty, savoury essence. On the back, there's a little astringency: phenolics and pepper. It's not until the very finish that there's much input from the hops, with a clinging bitterness cleaning it all out right near the aftertaste.

Feel is smooth but relatively light. It's good.

Overall, this is a top drop. Complex, but mellow and drinkable. It maybe goes close to having too much going on: if that's your thing, you're going to love this.

appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.0 | drinkability: 4.0
Doctor's Orders Cephalopod
Reviewed by Jez on 17.02.13 on tap
Overall:
71 / 100
(Very Good)
This is a "black berliner weisse", made black (or at least a murky grey) by the addition of squid ink. Yes, this is probably the weirdest beer you'll have this year. Tried on-tap at the Local Taphouse in Sydney.

The appearance is, well, ugly, awful and unpleasant. Inky grey colour looks like ash suspended in greenish-tinged water. Fine but minimal fizzy carbonation. No head whatsoever. It looks like the grey water left in the bucket after mopping a particularly filthy floor. Sure, it's unique, but it's ugly, ugly, ugly and makes you wary of even taking a sip.

Sharp lactic sourness on the nose, quite precise and prickly. Crisp vegetative notes come through along with some mushed grainy notes. It's bright, light and quite pleasant: everything the appearance is not. It's crazy.

Taste is crisp and light again with some prickly acidity right up front. Green appleskin, rubbed lemon along with some mineral water acidity and effevescence. Grape skin comes through as well—in some ways it's almost a soft-drink. In any case it's wacky.

Feel is lovely, fine and bubbly, setting off the acidity with the prickle of carbonation.

Really, this is just weird though. It's a really decent Berliner Weisse underneath the wackness and wackiness, but the quid ink really doesn't do it any favours. As it stands, it's a curiosity, but I'll wait until the non-adulterated version comes along. Good beer should be able to stand by itself, and doesn't really need the gimmicks.

appearance: 1.5 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 4.0 | feel: 4.25 | drinkability: 3.75
Young Doctor Henry's Night Nurse
Reviewed by Jez on 05.11.12 on tap
Overall:
63 / 100
(Solid)
Brewed in collaboration between Doctor's Orders and Young Henry's. Seems to be owned a little more by Doc, however than by the Young Henry's folks, hence classifying it here. This was styled as a "stout white stout". Brewed in the historical "stout pale ale" style (rather than, say, BrewDog's Abstrakt Blonde Stout), hence calling it an English Strong rather than some sort of stout.

Tried on-tap at Young Henry's during Craft Beer Week.

Pours a hazy bronze-gold colour, with solid weight behind it. Mild, creamy head forms in a bubbly, pocked and slightly inconsistent mess. Solid, sudsy lacing and fine, powdery carbonation.

Aroma is pretty one-dimensional, but powerful at least: solid sweetness, with a pronounced malt base mixed with a little vanilla, and a noticeable, slightly spicy booze.

Spice on the palate as well, with a peppery character forward turning more boozy and slightly astringent towards the finish. Some vanilla comes through to try to help out, but it ends up just feeling sweet, boozy and heavy. At least it disappears off the finish pretty quickly, and doesn't linger: the feel in particular is big while it exists, but ultimately quite short.

Not bad, drinkability-wise. It's chewy and solid, but doesn't fill you up too much or feel all that heavy once you're done. Don't go in expecting a stout and you'll probably have a good time with it.

appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5
Doctor's Orders Prescription 12 (Elixir Version)
Reviewed by Jez on 05.11.12 on tap
Overall:
71 / 100
(Very Good)
On-tap during the Doctor's Orders takeover of the Union Hotel in Newtown during Sydney Craft Beer Week. The Elixir version of the Prescription 12 was aged in oak, otherwise, it's the same beer.

Pours a dull, oily black colour with huge sediment in the glass. Very thickly hazed, and very thick in the glass. It's oily: liquid only by name. Head is a mild taupe colour, with bubbly, aerated consistency. Not much lace and no visible carbonation.

Nose is boozy like anything. Rum, sugar and toffee come through along with a small amount of oak, but the oak lends no supple, woody smoothness: it's rush alcohol all the way. Slight coffee characters come through as well, but it's almost a harshness. Dark and brutal. Powerful, at least.

Taste starts with a spicy booziness along with some cheesy notes and a bit of greenness. Middle palate allows the oak to come through, but lingers with a subtle hint of seaweed, water-logged wood and moss. The finish has more traditional oak characters, wood, wine and a dry yeasty finish. It's very, very weird, and it's a stack of really disparate and slightly anarchic characters all working against each other.

Feel is light, but gooey. Almost no carbonation at all.

I'm not convinced it works, overall, but it's crazy at least. Unfortunately, it feels a little bit like it's just throwing a whole bunch of shit together without caring how the beer ends up at the end. What you end up with is pretty messy and unfocused, as though it doesn't really know what it wants to be.

appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 4.0 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5
Doctors Orders Defibrillator
Reviewed by Jez on 07.08.12 on tap
Overall:
54 / 100
(OK)
Had on-tap at Harts Pub in The Rocks.

Pours a deep murky brown with slight yellowish edges. Head is fine, and leaves some mild lace. Body is heavy and gummy: it looks still, suspicious and sketchy in the glass. A dangerous beer in other words.

Boozy, spicy and woody on the nose, almost a hint of balsamic fragrance to it. Dusty banana notes come through but with a dull floury character to it. It feel strangely flat: it doesn't have depth or breadth to it, just a sharpness that suggests pain in my future.

And there it is: the taste is immediately sharp, too sharp. There's a big, boozy punch in the mouth that turns to razor sharp and cutting. Bourbon wood, spicy weizen characters with very limited sweetness, and rather unrestrained brutality. It gives very little breadth on the palate, and makes the booze feel even bigger than it is. Banana skin characters appear, but rather than providing some solidity and sweetness, they feel stretched and thin, and end up just adding to the boozy bite.

Oh, Doc, what have you done? This is too big for its boots. It feels like my mouth is being violated. Boozy and big, but needlessly so; the subtle characters are lost. Despite its massive body and power, it ends up feeling too thin. Hard to drink.

appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 3.5 | taste: 3.0 | feel: 4.0 | drinkability: 2.5
Doctors Orders Plasma
Reviewed by Jez on 05.08.12 on tap
Overall:
67 / 100
(Solid)
Had on-tap at GABS in Melbourne, and a number of times since. This review is from the sample taken at GABS.

Pours a very pale yellow colour, with high hazing. Body is soft and quite light. Head is a pure-white ring of fine foam, which leaves commensurate rings of lace as it subsides. Looks good.

Green and citric on the nose, with a bit of savoury meatiness. There's a hint of vegetative cereal character to it as well, which is a bit odd, but it's not bad overall.

Light mealy grain on the entry (again, odd—perhaps the lack of botanicals allows the wheaty characters to come to prominence), before the citric punch of hops comes through mid-palate. Back has some more vegetative brusqueness, while the finish leaves all that clinging hop-oil. Feel is light and clean.

I was afraid that my criticism was going to be a lack of balance, but that's not a problem here; really, it just feels a little less complex and flavoursome than it should. Overall, this is not a bad brew, but it's not Doc's best.

appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.0 | drinkability: 4.0
Doctors Orders Plasma
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 18.07.12 on tap
Overall:
80 / 100
(Excellent)
Tried at the GABS festival in Melbourne on Doc's birthday. Have to be nice. Oh and not sure how white IPAs are classified elsewhere on BA but thought American IPA was the safest option.

Pours a pale straw colour with a slight cloudy haze. Head is white, sparse bubbling but sticks around reasonably well. Very pale for such a big beer; definitely intriguing.

Lots of complexity on the nose. Sweet, but spicy, with loads of hops - citrus, passionfruit, pine, mango, really quite lovely. Almost meaty at times, it's so big and those wit and hop notes just bounce off each other in fascinating ways. Really very good.

Again, big hops on the palate. Pine and spruce with lovely fresh floral hops backing up, giving plenty of fruit - citrus and passion and pineapple, tropical and complex but with a big alcohol kick to it as well. Spice comes through late as well as those weizeny esters that give so much more and add to the all-round complexity. Definitely a winner.

A bit boozey and dry, with the phenols, hop oils and yeast together with the alcohol really drying up the palate. Could use a slightly sweeter finish, but otherwise good body.

Very complex without becoming clouded and muddy. Hops are well utilised and the beer is big without tipping the balance at heavy. Enjoyable drop.
appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4.0
Doctor's Orders Iron Lung
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 19.05.12 on tap
Overall:
73 / 100
(Very Good)
Pours a dark chocolatey colour with nice brown tinge. Head is light beige, nice and foamy with good, sticky retention. Nice.

Smells very piney and resiny. Hint of dark chocolate malt plus plenty of hops - peppery with pine needle resin, sawdust and herbal notes. Very appealing, with a great blend of aromas.

Taste is a little bit darker, with stronger roasted malt notes giving bitter chocolate, a hint of char and some toasted grain. Hops are distinct, very resiny and herbal with piquant touches of spice, leather and aniseed late on the palate. Interesting complexity, a bit over-the-top in flavour at times, but it's exciting enough to be enjoyable in spite of its occasional heavy-handedness.

Bit too much fizz; the mouthfeel is very busy and could be smoothed out a bit.

Great beer overall from Doc though - more of his crazy envelope-pushing that, in this instance, doesn't really fall into any easily categorisable style. This really toes the line between drinkable and excitingly weird.
appearance: 4.5 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 4.0 | feel: 3.0 | drinkability: 4.0
Doctor's Orders Iron Lung
Reviewed by Jez on 04.05.12 in bottle
Overall:
75 / 100
(Excellent)
On-tap at the Local Taphouse.

Pours a dark filtered-coffee brown, with a pale off-white, almost pinkish tinged head. Lace is solid when tilted, forming in firm rings. Body is light at the edges, and holds its carbonation well. Looks good.

Nose is pleasantly hoppy, with green, vegetative even slightly sweet herbal characters coming through. Sherbetty lemon/citrus notes shine through as well, with a direct sharp fruitiness that perhaps suggests some Kiwi varieties of hops. Not much in the way of roasted characters present on the nose. Still, it smells great.

Taste is clean and relatively light on the palate—some fruity hops race through the centre, before a more crisp, biting and slightly medicinal bitterness finishes it off. There's a touch of lightly roasted grains on the back, which suggests over-toasted bread or grain husks. Feel is clean, with a sparkling and perhaps overly aggressive carbonation, which is perhaps the most lager-like thing about it.

This is a really nice beer from Doc. The bitterness on the back is perhaps a little too intense, especially when emphasised by the carbonation, but even if it's not that sessionable as a result, it's still great stuff.

appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 4.0 | feel: 4.0 | drinkability: 4.0
Doctors Orders Synapse
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 20.05.11 on tap
Overall:
66 / 100
(Solid)
Pours a dark brown colour with slight off-white head, thin film. Lace is decent, not as sticky as it could be. Not bad.

Smells kind of 'off'. In a good way. Plenty of weird Belgian funk but dark malt as well, and the combination kind of produces a corporeal, vomitous kind of aroma. Slight acid with an earthy, almost meaty smell. It's a curious smell, not wholly successful just because the roasty aromas mar the refreshing saison nature, but yeah interesting.

Taste is interestingly roasty up front, with cocoa notes and a bit of toasted grain. Develops slight funk notes midway, with fair amount of acid, touch of cranberry, but not a huge funk flavour. Finish is toasty and of a nice length, with a development of chocolatey sweetness. This doesn't have as much funk as your best saisons, but instead it's quite a tasty mild dark beer.

A bit tart and sizzly on the mid-palate, but really well padded by the end. Quite a nice texture.

Yeah, I really dig that by the finish. I think Doc could have upped the saison funk ante a bit, but it's an otherwise pleasant beer.
appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.0 | drinkability: 4.0
Doctors Orders Synapse
Reviewed by Jez on 16.05.11 on tap
Overall:
68 / 100
(Solid)
A black saison. Trust Doc to brew Australia's first black saison. Let's see how it compares to the only equivalent beer I can think of: Jolly Pumpkin's Bam Noire. Sampled on-tap at the Local Taphouse in Darlinghurst.

Pours a deep reddish brown, mahogany deep when held to the light. Head is a filmy but fine mess of light brown bubbles, that stick in wonderfully anarchic lace patterns down the inside of the glass. Body is light, but the carbonation is rather languid nonetheless. Looks good.

Nose is an odd blend of lightly roasted malts and a distinct spicy acidity. It careens wildly on the inside of my nostrils, giving some caramel sweetness here, then organic rustic rankness there all spiced up with a bite of citrus. Can't quite wrap my head around it.

Taste is similar, but oddly thin through the centre. Roasted malts give a coffee scent through the centre, but the spicy, slightly phenolic bite jangles weirdly with it, giving it medicinal tones. Minimal sweetness, and not a huge amount of breadth on the palate, meaning the finish is too sharp, abrupt and slightly bitter.

A weird brew, and one which is on the cusp of working, even if it doesn't quite get there. How does it compare to Bam Noire? Well, I feel the final sentence of that review is equally fitting here, so I'll use it again: it's an adventurous and unusual beer, and I respect that.

appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4.0
Doctors Orders Zephyr
Reviewed by Jez on 27.02.11 on tap
Overall:
73 / 100
(Very Good)
On-tap at the Local Taphouse as part of the SpecTapular event. Brewed by Doc on-premises at the Australian Brewery in Rouse Hill.

Pours a pleasantly thick and very cloudy white. Head is fine and pure. Minimal lace, but a lovely light and bright colour. Looks like lemon juice. Fantastic looking witbier.

Lovely citrus zest and spice on the nose. Crushed lemon myrtle comes through, but it's just about the only character--very light otherwise, so the zesty citrus tends to dominate--but it's a lovely character in a wit. Would just love a bit more spice as well.

More fresh and zesty citrus on the palate that dominates almost everything else. Sweet, with a hint of astringency in the back, maybe a slight pithy character. It ends up tasting a lot like lemon-meringue pie. Very pleasant. Feel is very suitable.

It's a bit of a one-trick pone, but it works very nicely. Nice zest, which is a lovely character in a witbier. The single dominant character gets a little tiresome after a while, but it's a good drinking summer beer.

appearance: 4.5 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 4.0 | feel: 4.0 | drinkability: 3.5
Doctors Orders Zephyr
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 24.02.11 on tap
Overall:
60 / 100
(Decent)
Pours a very pale saffron colour, opaque cloud all the way through. Head is decent, quite dense but sunk to a thin film, with a ring of white dense lace around the edge. Intriguing; quite good.

Smells very tangy with huge orange sherbet notes coming off that, slightly salty on the edge as well, with an overall effect of preserved lemon. A touch of musk provides some welcome sweetness, but not enough to cover the slightly savoury aroma.

Taste is different in the right place, but in fact it's a bit weak and lacks a lot of the character of the nose. Slight biscuity malt on the front develops fruity esters towards the mid-palate with slight lemon and orange jostling for supremacy. Gets some phenolic notes towards the back, with a touch of medicine and maybe some mild peppery spice. Underlying it all is an insipid sweetness. Not a bad flavour, but I'm not hugely impressed.

Full enough body with a bit of sizzle at the back; not a bad texture for the style.

Drinkable, yeah. A strong wit, maybe, but a double wit? I'd expect that to be far bigger and bolder than this. This is enjoyable though.
appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 3.5 | taste: 3.0 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4.0