BarossaLuke (552) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 20, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer has probably the best NZ hop aroma Iíve ever had. Lovely balance and quite complex. Good bitterness throughout, this is a very smart IPA.
Terminus (3595) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle-pours dark hazy orange with a small spritzy white head around the rim of my glass. its not that great looking but not bad. seems somewhat too hazy. anyways, nose is earthy, bitter, woody, with quite a bit of oxidization. flavors exhibit the oxidization but its not all that bad-nice woody notes with quite a bit of earthy tones. not overly bitter. medium body with a very clean mouthfeal. Im sure this is a great IPA fresh, but ok in this state. HOwever, i am SO sick of buying these beers that are supposed to be "fresh" when they are far from it. short finish with some lite woody notes and lingering earth.
HopObessaison (21) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 6, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tap at HashigoZake - Awesome. Enough said. This is a staple of my hop diet. One of the best beers in NZ.
mkel07 (5226) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 6, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml bottle. Cloudy after the initial pour and carries a fine level beige head of foam. Orange colour is vibrant and eye catching. Tropical fruit in the nose, passionfruit, lemon and berry. Big punchy hop flavour that fills the mouth with wonderful flavours. Big bold beer.
larsga (7310) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smallish offwhite head. Clear amber body with strong
carbonation. Deep oranges and resin aroma with white wine grape
and spice notes. Very fresh and clear. Dry-sweet wooden resiny
oranges taste with spicy grape notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, soft
mouthfeel. Dry wooden resiny pine needle aftertaste with spicy
grassy notes. Lovely! Full of flavour, yet fresh and drinkable.
(0.5l bottle, Fish & Beer, Copenhagen.)
Ratman197 (13414) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle poured a cloudy orange amber with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of biscuit, tropical fruit, orange, mint and light grassiness. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, grapefruit, orange, light tropical fruit and light mint with a crisp dry lingering bitter finish.
TheRealMGD (555) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - AUG 1, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2011 Tap @ Galbraithís. Hazy, orange-gold pour with a short white head leaving light lace. Fruity, flowery nose very reminiscent of Ithaca Flower Power, one of my favorite IPAs. Medium body and medium-plus carbonation that holds all the way through to the finish! Berry, melon, peach, mango, toast and grapefruit. Finish is short, bitter and dry. Lovely and a top-drawer IPA. After several bottles and more pints from the same Galbraithís keg at a later date, Iíve noted that Hopwired (like many fragrant IPAs including FP) tends to be more ordinary as it gets less fresh, possibly up to 0.5 points worse: much less interesting aroma, less balanced and less enjoyable overall. Get it fresh!
DYCSoccer17 (3637) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 31, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500mL bottle purchased at the Davis Food Co-Op. The aroma on this is very green. Some piney hops, along with some citrus mango notes as well. Iím wondering if there might be Citra or Apollo in this. Thereís a light sweetness in the nose. This is nicely aromatic and quaffable. Mostly hazy copper-amber-orange body with a whitish head. Starts with some citrus hops flavors (orange, passionfruit), before it becomes a little caramelly in the middle. Finishes with an herbal hop bitterness that is moderate. Pretty well-balanced and pretty enjoyable.
Bov (12007) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUL 31, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
courtesy of fiulijn - cloudy reddish-orange beer with a modest head retention; sticky nose leaving a solid fruity hoppiness (apricots, mango and maybe peach); a fair carbonation, a good malt backbone and a solid bitterness; quite sticky palate; dry and long fruity hoppy and bitter finish - straightforward and very drinkable
buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle. I grew up with gooseberry bushes growing in the yard - stewed gooseberries make a lovely sweet pie filling. A very distinctive smell, but not the smell that comes from this IPA! Truth be told, this could probably be labelled as an IIPA and no-one would object. Very sweet fruit flavours on the noise, passion fruit is certainly there, and a rich bergamot tang too. Lovely on the tongue, rounded sweetness with a pleasantly rough bitterness from the hops. Smooth carbonation and texture, with a long hoppy finish. A really well balanced IPA this one; wonít scare the yeast-heads but will certainly satisfy the hop-heads.