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Brewed by Almond 22
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Spoltore (Pescara), Italy
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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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Brewed with Brazilian pink pepper, Simcoe, Nelson Sauvin and Hallertau Saphyr


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (30766) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 23, 2012
37.5 cl bottle. Pours hazy. Orange with a small white head. Fruity and crisp hoppy, light herbal, bitter and dry grassy. Ends light citric. Bitter and dry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (14350) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 20, 2012
Bottle from Birratrovo, Como
Cloudy blond color, with very large head, and nice lace. Aroma of common beer, maybe boring, with light pepper touch, evident, soapy too; later, some noble hop appears. Dry mouthfeel, spicy malt flavor, coriander, with a nice peppery note. Unfortunately it’s not fruity, but the pink pepper is a good idea.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sepia5 (237) - Connecticut, USA - APR 19, 2012
Pours a vibrant orange with a fair, fizzy white head. The nose is nice--mostly--hops and grapefruit. The flavor initially strikes me as somewhat floral or even herbal, but this beer seems to have a slightly off aftertaste. The flavor profile is just too thin for my taste. There is definitely something different about this beer that I just can’t put my finger on, presumably from the peppercorn. I like this beer (is it truly an IPA, or a pale ale labeled as an IPA that uses a play on words ("Italian Pale Ale")), but I’m not awestruck.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyCraft (3148) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2012
Bottle with Mike, poured a glowing golden color, mountain sized head, thick bright white lacing. Aromas of spicy yeast, flowers, biscuity malts, nelson hops, peppers. Taste is woody, filled with delicious peppers, grains, rye malts, spicy yeast, christmas tree, and cedar in the finish. Full flavored, long lasting in the mouth. I loved this ipa from paisano’s at Almond.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CaribouBill (3) - caribou, Maine, USA - APR 5, 2012 does not count
Another excellent beer from Italy. The peppercorns give it just enough ’heat’ to be different without overpowering it. Hoppy and crisp with a floral quality that improves as it warms in the glass.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blipp (5967) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Bottle. Pours orange with a white head.Peppery and flowery hoppy aroma. The flavor has some definite zing, with pepper, flowery hops, and some light fruity sweetness. Pretty good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (1970) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 27, 2012
couleur dorée, terriblement trouble avec une tonne de débris qui virevolte en la versant. Gros parfum de fruits exotiques, kiwi, mangue, lichee, pamplemousse, très alléchant. Ça se poursuit en bouche avec une amertume modéré légèrement poivré. La finale est un peu crayeuse.

3.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (7020) - Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2012
375 ml bottle. Pours a cloudy light golden with a big foamy white head that lasts. The smell is pretty fricken good. Just super sharp ruby red grapefruit and some pink pepper. The flavor is pretty good but not spectacular. It could be due to freshness (I dk how old the bottle is, it seems decently fresh). It has notes of pink pepper, sage, pine, and some grapefruit rind, but it is more spicy and herbal than fruity like it was in the smell. Bitterness is mild. The mouthfeel is a bit thin. 10.49 for a bottle of this... I can guarantee you it is not worth it, it is a good beer though.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daniele (5219) - ITALY - MAR 2, 2012
chiara buona schiuma persistente argrumata media intesita buon amaro agrumato elegante finale legermente pepato

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (5960) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 28, 2012
In short: A refreshing fruity IPA (tropical fruits) with a smooth spicy character. Very good.
How: Very cute bottle 330ml. Consumed relatively fresh one week after purchase, although it is an Italian beer purchased in USA, so not super-fresh. Bottle sent to me by blankboy, thanks a lot Paul
The look: Cloudy peach color body topped by a medium white head with good retention
In long: Nose is fruity hops (peaches, pineapples and grapefruits) with a gentle aromatic spiciness that felt more flowery than peppery (this beer is pepper spiced). A nice discreet but full body with pale crackers-like malts, a light sugary sweetness, a lot of smooth and refreshing tropical fruits hops and a pleasant spicy character. Those exotic peppers are miles away from the black and white pepper we are used to. I am unfamiliar with Brazilian pink pepper but the spiciness of this beer reminded me a bit of the Voatsiperifery pepper (I now know this exotic pepper because of a local Quebec beer). The spiciness is far from overwhelming here and it sits surprisingly well with the refreshing tropical fruits hopping. Craftbeer & IPAs in general are still mostly a manly thing and making a cute beer label and calling your IPA “Pink IPA” is a strategically bad choice of color. Almost as bad as the dude who decided to paint army helicopters with a green camouflage color… the correct choice was blue you moron!


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