grapengrain (124) - Havelock North, NEW ZEALAND - APR 11, 2011
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Excellent for the style - obviously quite thin - and the caramalt dominated producing quite wheaten malt flavours... Other than that pleasingly aromatic and clean bitterness.
Vas (64) - NEW ZEALAND - FEB 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Hashigo Zake. I’ve been dreaming of a sessionable IPA but I was a bit taken aback by the 2.2% ABV. Expecting an overly bitter piss weak ale I was enormously pleased and surprised by the overall effect. Can entirely vouch for the colour because of the HZ mood lighting, copper coloured I think. Big fruity, floral, citrus aroma like a standard IPA. Malt character on the thin side of normal for an IPA but with enough nutty, caramel flavour to stand up to the big hop flavour and bitterness. This is a revelation and if Soren can achieve this with 2.2% I can only hope he has a 3.5% hop monster up his sleeve!
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Galbraiths (Auckland). Looked a little muddy in the glass. A curious mixture, which grew on me as made my way down the glass. Some biscuitiness to the grain, with hops bringing a blend of orange and earthiness. The lack of alcohol to bring out more flavour and body is noticeable, but I’d put my hand up to be the sober driver more often if this was about.