ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reviewed 3/7/13. Bottle says 5%. 22 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A: Pours a dark copper color. The head is a dinky looking half finger white shade. It doesnít fade away to nothing in record time, but it certainly doesnít look impressive. A minor amount of lacing is left on the glass. One really has to pour aggressively to give any sort of decent head.
S: Hm. This really smells like a English-style pale ale. Itís heavy on caramel, toffee, brown sugar, marzipan, and a touch of earthy hops. A combination of nuttiness and even chocolate appears after it warms up sufficiently. This is definitely miscategorized - but as a bitter, it works well.
T: By gawd, smakawhat wasnít kidding when he said this was a bit chocolaty. Earthy, piny hops are the first flavors I note; after that, the malts take over. They have a very caramel-esque, vaguely sweet tone to them - and yes, thereís even some notes of chocolate, nuts, apples, and vanilla. What the hell is this? An ESB? Maybe a hoppy brown ale? Or a defanged Arrogant Bastard clone? I donít know at all. Iíll give it some credit - it drinks like itís bigger than 5%. But at the same token...it drinks like itís bigger than 5%.
M: Both the nutty, chocolaty, and hoppy characteristics all conspire to give this a dry finish. Itís a rough kind of dry, though. It suffers from the typical pratfall of many beers with a prevalent crystal malt backbone - itís too coarse near the finish. The aforementioned coarseness doesnít fit the lingering syrupy buildup on the palate, either. I probably would have enjoyed this more if the mouthfeel didnít get in the way of the flavor profile.
O: Not sure how itís called an APA here, this is very much English-style. Decent, just donít expect anything close to SNPA. Do expect to find it wearing Union Jack knickers should you ever decide to pull its pants down, though.
Theydon_Bois (9725) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Keg at the brewpub, PDX, 11/11/14.
Rich amber with a moderate light beige covering.
Nose is earthy hops, orange pith, straw.
Taste comprises orange squash, light grapefruit, citric peel.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
Pretty basic APA, lacks any real hoppy punch.
olsvammel (3464) - ÷rebro, SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2014
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle at SM÷F 2014. Fruity smell, hoppy with citrus. Very high carbonation and very harsh and hard to drink.
mike_77 (3327) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Hazy brown with massive unstable head. Strong yeasty aroma. Flavour also yeasty and itís overcarbonated. Maybe some defects in this one. A fair amount of malts in the background. Also some plastic. Not good.
deanso (5580) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from ABCBeers, shared @THT July
thin creamy white head. Hazy golden blond pour. decent bitterness. Nice
sic1314 (3647) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JUL 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured medium amber with a frothy off white head. Aroma of sweet citrus and soft caramel malt. Medium body, flavour is as the aroma, moderate bitterness.
kermis (5607) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at the DSH tasting thanks to Deanso. Pours hazy orange golden with a white head. Aroma of fruity hops, light grass, light grapefruit. Flavour is light sweet and over moderate bitter. Medium bodied with light carbonation.
DuffMan (6980) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, shared with Robbie and Grippitis. Hazy medium orange, off white head. Sweet caramel malt and peachy soft hops, moderate bitterness. Straddles the line between an American style and a British style.
Masterkush7 (559) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 10, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy amber,lasting beige head.Salty light malt nose.Odd malt almost cheap tasting. ( similar to a mediocre homebrew). Big long bitter hop finish
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Ipaluvr082 (60) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber with a killer label! Dark orange amber, translucent to hazy with a thin dissipating head. Aroma of sweet stone fruit and fresh bread leading to a friendly hopiness. Itís a mild start that builds in hop intensity on the palate, then falls away. Good drinking, definitely pine and resin. Better than the IPA!
fiulijn (15060) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at St. Augustineís, Vancouver
Hazy amber color with compact head. Caramel aroma, a bit metallic and dusty. Dry mouthfeel; caramel flavor with an ashy and dusty touch; strong bitterness, quite resiny, a bit fruity. Light metallic note in the final.
Good beer, but the ashy touch is not required.