BenH (3252) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 4, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very interesting IPA. Completely different from any American or British IPA. Definitely has itís own characteristics. Strong malt backbone, quite dark for an IPA. Good hop aroma, quite complex, fruity, tropical....gooseberries.... Good to taste a beer which can be clearly defined as a New Zealand IPA
Dudar (103) - Minsk, BELARUS - JUL 2, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nose: AlohA! pineapple passionfruit papaya marmalade, sweet and tropical. Taste balanced sweet malty body with tropical fruity hops continuing to dance on your tomgue. Finish dry-ish, crisp bitter, doesnt linger long. Great one
fiulijn (16931) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from ōrsted, Copenhagen, batch 12, bb 2011-09-14, presumably 4 months old
Hazy amber color; small-sized head. The aroma is surprising, a mix of pungent fruits and manure; passion fruit, chemicals... The body is less strong than expected, quite lean; dry toffee flavor, with a powerful and resiny hopping; the resins increase in the final, with piney accents, for an aggressive result. Original, very good.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bomber generously shared by a friend who picked his up in NZ). Pous a cloudy apricot color with a white head. Aroma is of dank, musty hops, citrus (orange and grapefruit). Taste is sweet malt backbone with some bitterness (probably a bit faded at this point, but very balanced). Medium body with an oily texture. Bitter finish. A very nice beer.
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
According to ratebeer this was the best beer in Australasia in 2010. Bold. Letís see.
Pours an interesting orange-amber colour with a little haze to it and a white head that sighed and slowly disappeared. Iíve got to say though, a very sexy colour. As far as aroma is concerned, Jesus Christoffersen! Resinous, malty and tropical. Overtly citrus orange and tangerine, gooseberry, pine needles, dehydrated pineapple and guava. A ten for aroma, this beer is magnificent!
The first flush is that of astrinent bitterness and citrus. I have to say that this beer smells better than it tastes, but when it smells this good that isnít difficult. The finish is quite sour and incredibly bitter. You know youíve been hit with the IPA train. Flavours on the end lean toward resin. This is eyewatering stuff.
Benzai (11364) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 19, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bought this bottle @ the Molen. Little hazy orange color. Very fine smell with lots of hops, grapefruit and little pineapple flavors. Taste is the same. Medium to full body, lively beer and very nice carbonation.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In short: A yeasty IPA with hops that are grapefruity, minty and tropical fruits. Good but a bit muddy.
How: Bottle 500ml. Consumed as fresh as possible a few weeks after purchase.
The look: Very cloudy golden-amber body topped by a medium off-white head with medium retention
In long: Nose of high alpha-acid hops, very grapefruity but also minty. In mouth the hops turn more tropical fruits with pineapples, grapefruits, oranges, kiwis, etc. There is also a strong floral components that part garden flowers and part mint leafs. On the malt dept there is not much to say. The beer is more like a yeast soup with dry croutons and a tiny bit of caramel. Far from a clean beer, this felt a bit muddy. Like most IPAs with a strong grapefruity hop character, the bitterness was sharp and biting. HopWired, sounds high-tech for a beer. I love high-tech stuff. Everything is digital in my life, my watch, my music, my cable signal, my sex life.
DutchDrebus (5110) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUN 14, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My favorite beer from New Zealand. Too bad itís quite hard to get a bottle of these. Great IPA. I think we got this bottle from De Molen.
AHTOH (101) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: tropical fruit, lime, sauvignon blanc, mild grassy hops. Beautifully balanced.
Taste: grassy bitterness. While best by date is September 2011 (currently June 2011), it seems much of the hop flavor has become subdued.
caesar (5971) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled from de Molen. Slight hazy amber color, medium off-white head. Soft floral hoppy aroma, bit citrus, nelson sauvin, slight tropical fruit, hint of biscuit. Hint of sweetness in taste, mostly bitter, slight grainy, white wine. Quite dryish bitter palate, but not crisp, more fruity.