DuffMan (8624) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 4, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Very hazy deep gold, lively white head. Malt forward, biscuit with a touch of vanilla sweetness, vague citrus hop character, firm bitter finish. I suspect freshness is an issue here. Still, I drank the whole thing....
DeanF (2038) - Northwest Territories, CANADA - OCT 9, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Found at an import shop in Edmonton. Pours with nice huge foamy head and a good foggy orange body which has plenty of carbonation. Nice yeast and hops aroma with malts to balance it out. Flavour is smooth hops with tart spice and sweetness. Medium finish. I really enjoyed this one, well balanced and a great departure from the usual Japanese macros. Sampled at 12.4 degrees celcius.
teddybeer (3083) - Kaunas, LITHUANIA - JUN 4, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy brown color with an off-white head with good duration and nice lacework. Aroma has notes of rye, toasted amalts and caramel. Flavor is bittery, toasty and some spiced notes. Bitterness in the final with a mild dry mouthfeel.
Hallucigenia (1) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 7, 2015 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
In a market full of pungent, savory, ostentatious Rye IPAs, this came as a surprise, but after a couple sips I realized a pleasant one. The sweet qualities from the caramel and fruit are elegant and not overdone, and work well with the rye, giving it a pleasant, festive "spice loaf" character, at the risk of making the beer sound desserty, which it isn’t. Fans of IPAs might find this drinks closer to a pale ale in terms of hops, but I think a higher IBU would have overshadowed this beer’s strengths. This may have been a nightmare to brew but a dream to drink. Highly recommended.
UXO (1120) - CANADA - MAR 3, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy deep gold with one finger of dense off-white head diminishing gradually to a thick cap, moderately heavy lacing. (4/5) Nose is pithy citrus, pine, caramel malt, grassy rye. (7/10) Taste is moderate sweet, moderately strong bitter, moderate peppery spice. (7/10) Medium body, moderate carbonation, slightly spicy finish. (3/5)
Went into it with pretty low expectations, given the swing-and-a-miss quality of the last two Baird Beers I tried. But actually, not bad at all. The rye is mild, giving just a little black pepper edge to a decently bitter underlying IPA. (14/20)
willisread (1553) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 21, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle from Deguchiya in Naka-Meguro. Poured into a snifter. Hazy brown color with modest soapy head that leaves yeast grazing the surface of the beer throughout the glass. Nice caramel, toffee, cinnamon aroma. Overly sweet with a touch of sourness on the palate. Pepper is also present on the finish. Overall great malty, sweet IPA.
PriorL (2906) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at S&G tasting. S&G goes to Japan PART 2. Special THX to Christian.
APPEARANCE: clear blond beer, small stable white head.
NOSE: bitter, hoppy.
TASTE: bitter, hoppy, dry.
fombe89 (1380) - Asturias, SPAIN - DEC 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Botella @cimmeria .................................................. Oviedo
reebtogi (5185) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle pours a hazy golden orange color with a finger and a half of white head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is grapefruit and pine with some spicy notes and caramel. Taste is a bold grapefruit and pine hop bitterness with some spicy pepper notes and a caramel malty sweetness. This brew is much more complex than I can describe here. One of the better IPA’s that I have tried in a few months. Outstanding!
beer-yum (1040) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The addition of ’the nightmare’ (rye) to the grist gives a soft spiciness to the brew. An excellent beer.