Shaney (2375) - KŲln / Cologne, GERMANY - APR 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dunkles Bernstein mit kleinem Schaumkragen. CitrustŲniges Hopfenaroma mit Grapefruit und Waldbeeren. Vollmundiger Antrunk. WŁrzig-erdiger Geschmack, semi trocken und leicht rŲstig obendrein. Klingt lange und angenehm bitter nach. Der Hopfen ist einfach geil!
flip_soeperman (380) - NETHERLANDS - APR 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bread, floral, caramel, citrus, red, cloudy, rocky head, tan foam, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, creamy, lively. Very balanced. After drinking aroma turns more towards caramel. Very balanced and lots of things going on. Yet, very constraint in a way. Very well made
Jado (389) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - APR 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks awesome in the glass - clear russet red with bright red highlights and a thin beige head. Light carbonation. The nose is very hoppy, with some tropical fruit, dark caramel and rye bread. Pretty aggressive hop bitterness up front gives way to apple, mango, spice and a bit of lemon, marmalade and toast. Beautifully balanced. A really excellent beer.
Pdubyah (184) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is a bit of alright, there is a truck loads of flavour and itís all nicely balanced with bitterness.
The aroma is spectacular, and after this sits in the glass it improves. Easily a one of the most dirinkable beers Iíve had for a while. But for all that itís not that bitter, and I didnít get a head or a lacing that I thought I might.
Enjoyable though, you should too, itís one of their better efforts.
JK54B (1535) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hops in the nose. Foamy pale beige head. Hazy red brownish color. Hops and chocolate and grapefruit in the taste. Nice color.
lisagirl (262) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 2, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
comes out of the tap beautifully red. very bright hops and an almost overpowering alcohol, which seems a bit out of place. was hoping for something special but aside from the hop bitterness everything else seems a bit muted, leaving it rather dry on the finish. flavours are nice though. not too bad but not as good as hoped.
Holmen1 (1683) - Stavanger, NORWAY - MAR 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fra flaske pŚ Cardinaltreff feb-12: den tredje av de fire vi prÝvde fra 8 Wired. Disse gjorde det til en super aften, det ene hÝydepunktet ble avlÝst av det neste. Denne var litt uklar, ravbrun med mye skum, med aroma og smak som var preget av furunŚl og grapefrukt fra Warrior, Columbus, Simcoe, Amarillo. TÝrr og bitter avslutning har Sigmund notert.
DylansDad (290) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 15, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2013 500ml bottle from Glengarry Wines Takapuna. What a BIG beer this is. The mouth feel is so big, fat, round and creamy. Itís a gorgeous, delicious beer, and refreshing. This is my first beer after a day of hard labour, I was wavering between having a sharp, clean pilsener first, or this. I chose this and it was a good choice.
The only thing that stops me giving this a higher score is, like one of the commenters before me said, the alcohol content is just a tad too high, but donít let that stop you from drinking this malty, hoppy elixir!
ReRate: Iíve just had a very fresh bottle, the difference between this and a slightly older one is quite noticable. Older bottles are what I would consider typical redí: they have dark fruit like raisins, alcoholic plums, xmas cake and caramel etc. This fresh one is more towards the typical NZ IPA style, lots of fruit on the nose and a taste that finishes pine. Either way, one of the best beers ever made.
JoeMcPhee (8055) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy of gethinbeer - many thanks! Deep amber pour with a thick off-white head. The aroma is slightly spicy but has a touch of oxidation that is quite distracting. A little bit of soft peppery character and a bit of light caramel malt. Assertively hopped with a woody sort of bitterness. I was expecting bright hoppiness - but itís pretty muted. Perhaps a bit past itís prime, but the oxidation just shouldnít be there.
MiP (12840) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 7%. Slightly spicy aroma, smells like a rough bitterness. Almost clear red chestnut colour. Small stable creamy tan head. The flavour is nutty, slightly salty, boozy. Good clean bitterness. Too much alcohol in my opinion.