JoeMcPhee (8053) - 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 it’s pretty muted. Perhaps a bit past it’s prime, but the oxidation just shouldn’t be there.
Sammy (7709) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Decent though overrated amber. As expected, the hop taste comes through far better as the beer warms. Well malted up front, sauvignon hops are there mid sip on, something more subtle for this style. Good drinkability.Slightly red appearance.
JorisPPattyn (7547) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge, coffeecream-coloured head over (cold)hazed ruby-amber beer. Mix of cakey, caramelly malts and fragrant, fruity C-hops. Serious bitterness, ultimately hoppy, but with an equally serious malty, nearly syrupy underbuild. The sweetness of this, however, doesn’t stand a chance. Orangepeel, orangemarmalade-filled cake, resiny as well. Well-carbonated, rather full bodied, very slick to viscous. Bitterness makes it refreshing. Very accomplished brew, but nothing really new. Amber ale? Whatever. A USA brewer would have called this black IPA...
MartinT (7288) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Coniferous angles and earth-covered tree bark move into dried cranberries in this fluffy India Red Ale.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A tower of foam dwindles into the cloudy dark red.
-Carbonation is very high and expansive. Feels like a Belgian-style Ale, without the yeast signature, of course.
-The hops are as aromatic as they are bitter.
-Orange zest confit is tasted at the edges.
-Malts also share some discreet caramel.
gnoff (7030) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 50 cl at Gothenburg Beer Festival 2013 (Haket), Sunday, sampled on September 8, 2013.
Cloudy orange color, tan head. Sweet, malty scent. Malty, spicy, caramel taste. Medium to smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
Rune (6905) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUL 31, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle from the BrewDog bar in Leeds, thanks to Stefan for sharing. Decent off-white head with fine retention leaving spotty lacing behind. Clear ruby-brown coloured body. Aromas of dark fruits and semi-sweet malts. The taste character is made up by red orange, caramel malts and bittersweet citrus peels towards the ending. Medium bodied. Likable (session in Tromsø, 30.07.2013)
Fin (6629) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle passed onto me by Jan & Charlotte, many thanks to a very generous couple. Consumed 04.01.12 Fruity and tangy with a big malty back up. Nice aftertaste bitter and a little pithy fruitiness, hoppy but also a little nutty. Very dry at the end, great beer, pours red amber with large off-white head. A6 A4 T8 P4 Ov15 3.7
Plovmand (6023) - Helsinge, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours amber with a medium off white head. The aroma is very fruity with notes of berries, mango and passion fruit. Highly fruity flavour with notes of citric hops, berries and mango. Very good.
sebletitje (5974) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl bottle from Geers, BB 03/2014.
Cuivrée, col épais crémeux, blanc cassé.
Arôme est fleuri, senteur houblonnée, malt caramel, léger citronné avec ajout possible de houblon zélandais allant vers un raisin blanc, citronné. Côté malt reste sur un simple pâle, caramel.
Palais est houblonné et malté, sec et grillé assez poudreux avec un profile de fin de bouche citronné/agrumes frais sur pamplemousse et ce côté thé vert presque orangé. Malt reste en retrait ajoutant un léger caramel. Amertume reste brève mais contribue en grande partie au profile de la bière, surtout au niveau citronné.
HogTownHarry (5906) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle. Slightly hazy copper pour with a HUGE lasting fluffy beige head. Smells a bit like a barleywine - leafy, boozy, dry and a bit peppery. Taste - yep, BW - very malty and floral, quite bitter, strong alcohol, but not quite as boozy as the aroma. Solid body and carbonation, dry pithy bitterness in a fairly long finish. Intense indeed.