AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Soured, funky aroma with some floral notes. Super fluffy head pale straw color. Odd weird beer. Dandelions. Cheese.
Chudwick (2816) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - NOV 4, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle - pours hazy pale yellow with foamaliciously white head. Nose is yeasty and straw. Flavor adds citrus and spice. Sweet and somewhat hoppy. Reminds me of a saison. Burpy. Idk.
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy straw yellow with large, white foamy head. Aroma is spicy similar to a belgian, light fruity tangerine undertone. Very dry, come chalkiness. Drying hoppy finish,
OldMrCrow (2403) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 2, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2014 Bottle from Last Drop.
Could this be the best bottled IPA I’ve ever had? Stiff competition from Sculpin, Pliny, and (in a very different way) Two Hearted, but this is certainly the most interesting among the IPA standouts, and quite plausibly the best. None of those quite pull a 4.5 in the bottle, so I think this one takes it. Only competitor at 4.5 is another IPA -- or rather IIPA also from Alaska with Brett: 3767 from Midnight Sun.
Pear juice pour with a full white head. Aroma is a ten if I’ve ever experienced it. Huge grapefruit juice --- the sort that comes in a 5.5oz foil-topped can -- and plenty of weed with threads of brett and oak wafting through. Now that I know it’s got kumquats I can tell they’re there contributing to the delicious juicy citrus, but I wouldn’t have called it without reading the label. Pepper is prominent in the flavor, as is that kumquot/white grapefruit. Brett is subtle but adds substance to the long end of the flavor. Amazing what they can do with 50 IBUs; the beer has tons of flavor and more than enough bittering.
At 12 bucks I thought this was expensive until I tasted it; now I think it’s great value for what Anchorage provides and I’ll be hoping to get my hands on additional bottles.
Addendum: after a couple of additional encounters with this beer, I have to acknowledge that galaxy hops are not my favorite. Everything else about the beer is marvelous, and I may have initially been taken by the grapefruit pith that the hops provide, but upon revisits I have not been able to get around the onion aspects of the hops in this one. As a result, I’d probably drop my rating of the beer to something around 4.0-4.1 --- but instead of doing that now, I’ll wait for the opportunity to do a proper re-rate in real time instead of a retrospective downgrade.
herrbrown1974 (427) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Got a wide range of reactions from the people I shared this with. Hazy yellow pour, frothy white head. The aroma was big time funky. Cheese and yeast with hints of citrus, cereal, leather, pepper, and spice. Medium and chewy. Big sour "brett" funkiness with a long bitter, hoppy finish. Great balance. One of the most unique beers I’ve tasted. Fantastic.
laiti (8069) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75 cl bottle @ home, no BBE info
Aroma has soapy citrus, some hops and urinal cake. Palate is rather high on CO2. Flavour is strong on earthy notes. Also lemon, grassy hops and some leathery notes. Nice hop bite occurs. A well hopped farmhouse saison but not IPA in any way.
tiong (6438) - Espoo, FINLAND - OCT 27, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2013 750ml bottle from Ales Unlimited, San Francisco, CA
Batch #1, Jan/2012 -
Pours yellow with a bubbly head. Aroma of bretta, spices, yeast, malts and fruity hops. Taste of tart fruits, strong bretta notes, yeast, farmhouse notes and malts. Finish is bitter and hoppy with some tartness, yeasty farmhouse notes, fruits and grass. Okay, quite funky for an IPA, more like a saison/wild ale. 8-4-8-3-15 = 3.8
Re-rated on 5.5.2013. Tap @ Mikkeller Bar. Fresh and hoppy with loads of exotic fruits and a touch of bretta and wood. Bretta is quite subtle on this one. Excellent stuff, much better fresh.
lusikka (7689) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle.
Pours a cloudy yellow colour with a small white head. Aroma of caramel, grassy hops, herbs and some citric tartness. Flavour of caramel, grassy hops, citric tartness, some spiciness, herbal notes and strong farmhouse notes. Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel and firm carbonation. Finishes dry, bitter and citrusy tart. Not really an IPA, more of a Saison or a strongly hopped Wit.
olio (9276) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle.
Pours hazy golden color with a small head. Aroma of yeast, spices, mild lemony fruits, soap and yeast. Flavor of grass, yeast, citrus fruits, toffee and mild grassy malts. Bitter palate with a fruity palate. More like an farm-house saison than an IPA.
ryanfolty (2389) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared by Danny boy. Light yellow pour with lots a head. Aroma was rotten egg a nd taste was a bitter funk.