mjs (4794) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle, 0.5 l, at Kittys, 20120303) The beer poured amber and clear. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had fruitiness, citricness and pine. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were hops, fruitiness, pine, malts and bitterness. Aftertaste had fruitiness, pine and bitterness. Very nice and strong hop bite in this beer.
Mikkylar (94) - Placentia, California, USA - MAR 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear, dark reddish orange. Nice foamy, off white head. Aroma is gooseberry, orange, mango and grass. Flavor is straight up gooseberry. Slightly bitter finish. Gooseberry, gooseberry, gooseberry....
Sevenlee (1407) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - FEB 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy brown colour with a white head. Aroma is grapefruit, citrus, passion fruit and other fruits with some hops. Taste is also sweet and fruity, with passionfruit and grapefruit leading to a great lovely balanced bitter finish. Really nice soft mouth feel. Really great.
Palme (3591) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
0.5l bottle @ Henrik. This one pours a nice cloudy copper-orange body with a small big-bubbly off-white head that sticks to the sides of the glass. What a fruity aroma! Lots and lots of tropical niceness with peaches, pineapple, citrus, grapefruit, and tons of hops. Quite elegant. Yeah, it somewhat continues in the flavor; itís quite hoppy, lots of resinous bitterness here. Almost a bit to much for my tongue actually. And hedge-tones. Lots of that. Even though itís perhaps a bit overkill on the hops, it manages to be somewhat balanced. The aftertaste just screams bitter bitter bitter. A solid IPA. 09.02.2012
aplus01 (71) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The age of this bottle probably did it no favors. Aroma of citrus was immediately obvious after opening the bottle. Color is deep gold color and hazy as an unfiltered beer should be. Intense excellent bitterness with flavors of lime and citrus. Good beer but I think a fresher bottle is called for.
abemorsten (2916) - MosterÝy, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared 500 ml bottle at Cardinal. Pours light misty golden with a fingerthick, light brown, creamy head. Herbal, sprucy, fruity hop acid notes on the nose. Full body. Light doughy. Smooth to drinK. Bitter and light alcoholic. Crisp flavors and a dry tongue at the end.
Alexus (240) - Stavanger, NORWAY - FEB 11, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Shared bottle @ Cardinal. Pours a nice white head, golden in color. Just like a IPA should look like. Itís a great IPA with aromas packed of fruityness and hops. Great malt taste to balance the hops. The new zeland hops are truly great for IPAís! Will have this again!
brnandersen (2027) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
0,5 l. bottle. My first beer from NZ. Clear, dark golden-copper colour with an average white head that fades to a thin cap. Aroma is very fruity and sweet: Oranges, citrus, lime, and...yes, passion fruits and other exotic stuff. The malts gives chocolate and caramel. Taste is medium to heavy bitter with the sweet malts lurking just behind you. Medium body with a refreshing carbonation. Slick texture. Long lasting bitter finish with those sweet exotic fruits. Excellent IPA.
gunnar (5675) - Sandnes, NORWAY - FEB 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared bottle at Cardinal, Stavanger. Pours almost clear golden with a small white head. Tropical fruity aroma, piney hops and gooseberries. Taste is a cacophony of tropical fruity hops, rhubarb and gooseberries, moderate sweet malty base, dry fruity mouthfeel, a superb beer.
Newk (299) - - FEB 6, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2012 poured from bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark orange color with a small head.
very pungent and hop driven aromatics. Very noticeable aromas of navel oranges, hops, pine resin and some boozy aromas.
medium/full bodied with rich flavors of toffee, resin, hops, caramel and navel oranges. Lacking a bit on the mid and it being a somewhat older bottling, it also has a somewhat oxidized flavor to it as well(mind you this isnít all that old, only from the fall).
A quality DIPA, but far from the best example. Itís a problem when DIPAs fall off as fast as they do, because itís hard for a beer to hit the midwest near itís peak freshness when itís coming from NZ.