Archibaldo de la Cruz (1121) - FINLAND - AUG 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear amber color with a medium-sized off-white head. Fruity aroma with orange and caramel. Flavor is sweet caramel malt, orange, mild grapefruit, passion fruit and some bitterness in the finish. Quite sweet and fruity IPA. Very tasty.
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - AUG 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
50cl Bottle @ RBBSG. Light amber coloured beer with almost no carbonation and a small white head. Stronger hoppy aroma. Full palate. Finish is strong hoppy bitter. Much less balanced than the Fresh Hopwired. Xtreme IPA
Martinus (3484) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - AUG 23, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber colour, white head. Fruity aroma, hops, passionfruit, lychee, pineapple, tropical marmalade and nelson sauvin. Hoppy bitter flavour, light sweet, caramel and marmalade. Finish sweet, honey, light bitterness.
(From 50cL bottle @ RBBSG II, Wilrijk. Courtesy of Bart. Thanks!)
MadDogMD (213) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from AJ’s Arcadia. Pours clear orange w/ a fairly big head. Lots of grapefruit, sweet orange, nectarine. Not a huge malt presence, but the light, fruity hops are quite pleasing & make for easy-drinking. Nice!
77ships (4745) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 22, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thx. to Bart // 50 cl. bottle sampled @ RBBSG 2012 after the Fresh one // clear amber with a white head // smells of nelson, bitter caramel, marmalade, touch exotic fruits // taste is a bit more mellow and round than smell would suggest, caramel, bitter marmalade, tangerine, mandarin. grapefruit, bitter malts, tad spice, mango, exotic gruits // nice body // way more balanced than the Fresh although that one was awesome in a different way but I think everyone including me liked this one more // lovely IPA
petergaynor (136) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 17, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
500ml bottle, pours a golden dark-amber colour with an off white head, floral fruity nose, follows through in taste, big citrus hoppy flavour, all round great beer.
BelgBeerGeek (1298) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - AUG 16, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
@ 2nd RBBSG, thx to whoever rbought this
Tasted right after the Fresh hopwired
Head: White, medium, foamy
Colour: amber/ orangy/ gold
Smell: very exotic, lots of fruits, lots of fruity hops, mango, peach, lychee , grapefruit, exactly how i like my IPA’s !
Taste: like the fesh hopwired this one’s also very close to the aroma , very fruity exotic, notes of pineapple blended perfectly with the grassy limey flavours of the hops, awesome IPA ! prefer this one over the Fresh hopwired
Travlr (14668) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 15, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Bart, thank you! Golden color, medium white head. Aroma of pineapple and tropical fruit. Taste is bitter fruit, citrus. Really nice.
JorisPPattyn (8224) - Ursel, BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yellowish, rather thick head, fast gone over metallic copper-golden beer. Floral & fruity hops dominating the nose. Lots of citrus, pure hopoils. Bitter, fruity. Hops again dominating truly everything. Malt backbone utterly missing, in a way that the CO˛ acitidy is the only other thing to taste and feel Thinnish, feels very carbonated, slightly burning MF. Unidimensional, overhopped, no balance; not really convincing.
portableparty (2000) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 14, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (clearly passed its prime). Pours dark amber copper color with a big sudsy off white head that settles and shows big sticky lacing. Aroma is sweet bitter dry hops and caramel malt with faint spice. Taste has a big caramel malty flavor with the hops being very muted and dry with pine muted grapefruit and pepper like spice. Palate is full sticky and drying. I know this comes from New Zealand, but if a fresh bottle could be had I would love to try again.