jonno (2014) - JAPAN - MAR 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
different hops used this year, but essentially the same beer. Taart, lemon citrus rind nose. Full bodied. Not big hopping on the initial sip, but they hit the back pallatte pretty hard. Not too diverse or intense, but a decent tipple.
suprchunk (1802) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2012
2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Yellow. Off-white head. Frothy. Lacing. Aroma of hops, and hops. Fruity. Taste is of buttered microwave popcorn. Really buttery. There might be something else to it, but the diacetyl is overwhelming, making this a not so tasty brew.
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - APR 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy amber, off white head. Nice IPA colour. Distinct NZ hop aroma - grapefruit with a bit of grass.
Flavour has a serious bitterness, which is carried nicely by a full malt body. Definite grapefruity hops with a grassy kick.
A well rounded super hoppy IPA with a NZ accent.
KyotoLefty (5575) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Barley in Nishinomiya. Very interesting hop aroma, fragrant yet subdued compared to US hops. Grass and pine dominant, with a bit of grapefruit. Cloudy copper color. Sweet, fruity flavor, with nice hops but a bit candy-ish. Good bitter finish, very long. Alcohol also noticeable. Interesting hop flavors but too sweet. Could be better attenuated.