ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a semi-clear copper color. There’s about two fingers worth of off-white colored head, though the texture is a bit rougher than I prefer. The retention is solid enough, though, and good amounts of lacing are left behind.
S: The hops here are mostly piny, with some lemony hints and no tropical fruits (or any other citrusy notes) anywhere. Meanwhile, its malt backbone is loaded with toffee and nuttiness. I kind of wish this was less malty and more fruity, but that’s only personal preference.
T: There’s a slight opening of nutty sweetness - then boom, the hops hit. Sadly, there isn’t much hop flavor, rather it relies on grassy bitterness as a ballast toward the building caramel sweetness. There’s something past the swallow suggesting leather, and after half the bottle, becomes too malty for me. But it’s still pretty good at the end of the day.
M: Carbonation pokes through the body quite strongly, and helps to dry out the finish some. It’s also quite crisp and relatively light (if somewhat sweet on the linger), so this one is pretty drinkable.
O: This kind of IPA - sweetish, bitter from the hops, no citrus - isn’t my style, but this *is* well made considering that. I have trouble finding this one fresh, and it’s a bit pricier than the standard IPA 6-packs; as a result, this one isn’t on my ’must buy immediately’ list.
rotaman14 (352) - Germany, lives in Vilnius, LT, - AUG 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of butter, caramel, blood orange. Amber body with a huge white head. Taste is a medium bitterness at first, then caramel, some grapefruit taste. Dry in the finish. Full, smooth body, average+ carbonation.
Dervock (646) - Emu plains, AUSTRALIA - AUG 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - pours orange with a big loose head. Big resin hop aroma. Resin hop dominates the taste, bit of malt comes through then a bit of citrus in the finish. Palate is creamy.
beer-yum (876) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 19, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Alluring citrus pine aroma in an amber pour. Restrained hop forward balance (for style) with a sweet malt caramel body. Finish is crisp and clean - and leaves one wanting another.
SHIG (3968) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - AUG 17, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can: Poured an orange with white head. Aroma is malty with soft hops. Taste was hoppy, light/thin, and malts.
Marduk (4059) - Reval, ESTONIA - AUG 17, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle (thanks Tuomas). Clear deep amber color. Medium size, beige head, stays. Good lacing and holds well. Sweet, very malty, caramel in aroma. Malty, sweet, some hops in taste. Sweet malts and spicy hops in aftertaste. Sweet and spicy. Quite nice.
Brew_Cat (40) - Athens, GREECE - AUG 6, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Celebrated International IPA Day drinking this baby. Pours clear golden with rich lasting white head, excellent lacing, beautiful hoppy aromas, medium body, satisfying smooth and oily mouthfeel, very good carbonation. Aromas of citrus, herbs, citrus/orange/lemon peel bitterness, hints of grapefruit and exotic fruits like pineapple or mango, spicy and peppery notes perfectly balanced with bread and caramel sweetness malts, some notes of sweet white grapes or Mediterranean wine. Its amazing hop character was perfectly paired with a mix plate, smoked salmon slices on brioche bread, spiced up with fresh basil and black pepper, along with Greek olives, brie cheese and paprika dip. I’m thrilled!
iHateBeerz (10) - - AUG 6, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Solid IPA - citrusy hops - good appearance - would pick up again for sure - Anderson Valley makes really solid beers.
eManu (494) - Kuala Lumpur & Brussels, BELGIUM - AUG 6, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy amber color with a off white head with large bubbles.
Aroma of caramel and hops, herbs and bread, hints of smoke.
Flavors of herbs, pines, caramel malts, hops, hints of spices.
Medium body with a creamy mouth feel. Slightly sweet and bitter, but quite herbal. Over done on the herbs, and ends up tasting more like a winter brew. But still not bad.
mauroruellas (477) - GETULINA, BRAZIL - AUG 2, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Coloração alaranjada,leve turbidez,espuma alta,abundante com boa retenção;no aroma,malte,caramelo,resina,lúpulo,maracujá;sabor inicial maltado,seguido pelo cítrico e um bom amargor,deixando um retrogosto meio amargo/doce,álcool passa quase despercebido,carbonatação mediana,boa drinkability. IPA tradicional gostosa,equilibrada,gostei.
Xavalias (256) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 1, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at MASH, Charlottenlund, DK. Not completely clear bright orange with a thick off-white head. The aroma is fruity, hoppy, resinous, The taste is moderate to heavy bitter, moderate sweet. Moderate bitter finish. Yet another okay IPA.