Brewed for GABS 2016. Tried at the festival in Melbourne.
Pours an amber-brown colour, clear with foamy beige head that doesn't really stick around. Looks quite pale. More head would be nice too.
Smells like a good American brown ale. Caramel malt, just faintly roasty with some cake battery sweetness. American hops come through strongly. Citric, floral. Notes of rosewater and lemon. Pleasant.
Taste is fairly big on the hops as well. Again the malt upfront is cake battery and caramel-sweet, then American hops give resins, lemon and grapefruit. Lacks roasty character for my mind. Tastes more similar to one of those Black IPAs that embrace hops rather than black. Nice beer, but not quite to style.
Decent body, with tingly carbonation. Not bad.
Yeah, a nice hoppy brew but it feels fairly conventional so the fact that it doesn't quite have enough roast to make it prototypically brown ale is a mark against it.