motelpogo (6876) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 20, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2009 on tap at the brewpub on sunday night. alas, i didn’t write down the whole commercial description but the basic story was that due to a poor crop in the pacific nw last year, the brewery wasn’t able to get whole leaf cascade and thought they weren’t going to be able to brew a hop devil ipa this year. luckily they sourced some from nz thanks to someone called heidi (i think). anyways, i think everything worked out perfectly in the end. this was served in a glass chalice which emphasised its deep copper colour and steady, off-white head with large bubbles and also the heady aroma of grapefruit, pine, toffee and a whiff of passionfruit. this really bursts in your mouth with some rasping wrigley’s juicy fruit, tangy boiled lolly sweetness and an intensely bitter, grapefruit finish. i was amazed to find an ipa this impressive in austria and after a couple of glasses i would even be so bold as to say that it beat anything i tried in seattle or portland. just goes to show how many great beers are the result of happy accidents. i could go on for ages about how much i loved the brewpub, too, but i’ll save that for a review of one of their beers that i couldn’t find much to write about
downender (6445) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub. Appealing reddish-amber in colour with a decent white head. Aroma of pine resin, citrus hops, oranges and a touch of red fruit sweetness. Full mouth feel, with pine hop flavours coating the mouth, accompanied by caramel, red currants, grapefruit, a slight yeastiness and a powerful dry finish. The alcohol was extremely well hidden - I didn’t notice it until I woke up the following morning with a headache. Great stuff.
KnutAlbert (6223) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 7, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is close to my ultimate beer. An extreme IPA in the American style. The whole range of hops, giving a splendid fruitiness and a crisp dry finish. The best beer in Vienna?
Rastacouere (6136) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 3, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 4     Pale Yellow(1)->Dark brown(5) : 5     Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 2
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 4   White(1)->Tan(5) : 2   Lasting: 5   Lacing : 5
Intensity : 4
Yeast : 2   Bread : 2   Apple : XX   Tropical Fruits : 2   Soap : XX   DMS : XX   Diacetyl : XX Sulfur : XX
Malt : 4   Biscuity : 3   Hay : XX   Toasty : 3   Caramel : 2   Nuts : XX   Honey : XX   Cereals : 2   Grainy : XX
Hops : 4   Noble(1)->American(5) : 4   Leafy : 3   Spicy : 3   Floral : 4   Lemon/Lime : XX   Grapefruit : 5   Orange : 3   Herbal : XX   Grassy : XX   Pine/Spruce/Resin : 3
Notes :   Peach/Apricot : XX   Earth : XX   Mint : XX   Butterscotch : XX   Smoke : XX
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 2   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 2   Sourness : 1   Bitterness : 3   Complex : XX   Length : XX
Light(1)->Full(5) : 4   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 2   Clean : XX   Sharp : 2   Watery : XX   Oily : XX   Chalk : XX   Astringent : XX   Alcohol : XX   Mineral : 1   Oxidation : XX   Metallic : XX
Comments: As I write this, this is the highest rated beer in Austria. I can imagine why. They serve it in a classy Köstritzer-like cup and it looks great in it. Dark bronze with an eternal mountainous head – find a place where hop devil looks like that in the USA. Pleasant bitterness, evolving, full of citrus, mostly aroma hops really. Very malty and much darker than the original American hop devil and I must say feeling much better. Perhaps I’m just being influenced by the low hop dose I’ve had recently, but that would also explain why it’s so highly considered. It all makes sense I tell you, were I living in Vienna, I’d want that in my glass on a regular basis.
ogivlado (5849) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 25, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the brewpub.
Dark orange coloured, small white head, flowery hoppy nose. The taste is also flowery, very aromatic and fruity with notes of grapefruit and caramel. Pleasant dry finish.
gunnar (5603) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JUL 14, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ the brewpub. Pours hazy golden with a big white head. Strong fruity hoppy aroma, citrus, pine and pineapple.Taste is supported by a nice medium sweet malty body, but those nice hops are the stars of this show. Smooth mouthfeel, resins and citrus, just lovely and refreshing. Dry hoppy aftertaste lasts to the end. Beer heaven!
Cuso (4963) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAY 20, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2012 Tap at brewpub. Dark brown orange color with medium long lasting white head. Aroma of grapefruit, floral hops, tropical fruits, spices. Taste, starts sweet malty with tropical fruits, later on floral hops are coming. Nice long floral hops bitter finish. Excellent beer.
gyllenbock (4951) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub in Vienna, July 09.
Not bad at all. Citrus, caramel. Hoppy but not that bitter. Refreshing.
Borresteijn (4859) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
RBESG ’12, Vienna. On tap at the brewpub. Said Hop Devil Whole Leaf. Hazy amber orange colour, off white head. Aroma of loads of hops, light funky, weed, blood oranges, light toasted malts. Flavour is butterscotch, oranges, citrus, weed, very bitter finish. Light to medium bodied, a bit overcarbonated. Nice copy.
OleR (4802) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From keg @1516 brewpub, Wien. Hazy amber body. Medium off-white cream head. Grapefruity light resinous hop aroma with a note of orange-zest. Sweet-accented malt flavor. Rich, with light caramel tones. fruity and lahht piny hop flavor. Plenty bitterness for balancing. Oily texture. More than medium full. Lingering bitterness in the finish. A straightforward and rock solid IPA.