JoeZasada (281) - Beaumont, Alberta, - APR 17, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy medium amber (bit of orange tinge) with a thin white (tinge of green) head (bottle fermented). Aroma - hops, floral, citrus. Taste: Very hoppy - lots of citrus - lots of bitterness - not much for malt underneath - but very flavorful in the hop realm. Finishes with a grassy hop bitterness. Warming mouthfeel... very good. Probably the best beer out of Japan that I’ve ever had...
jazz88 (2522) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A dark golden color with a white head. A spicy clover and hop aroma with a fruity earthy flavor.
GoufCustom (561) - HONG KONG - MAR 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
360 ml bottle bought at Craftissmo in Tsim Sha Tsui East.
Cloudy hazy light straw brown with lots of dirt-brown yeast sediments; Three-quarter finger head with crumpety off white foam which lasts for 2 minutes; Excellent sticky lacing with notable small carbonation; Very fragrant and sweet aroma of ale malt, with sharp grapefruit, mandarin, mango, pineapple, sugar, floral, strong pine, honey, orange peel, strong yeast, lemon and light grass; Medium sweet taste of Ale malt, with grapefruit zest, light pineapple, orange peel, molasses, strong pine, wood, light resin, yeast, strong lime and very strong sharp bitter hops; Mid to light body, thin but quite slick and oozy palate; Mouth feel has a proper feel of DIPA, but body is rather light, not as viscous as most D- / IIPAs should. Grapefruit is sharp, and the addition of mandarin orange is quite unexpected, but the overall fruitness is not enough and feel a bit empty; Medium sweetness is overwhelmed by piney, woody, resiny, and bitter 3Cs, but not much spice or earthiness in evidence. Hmmm…. Hoppiness is quite fragrant grapefruit zest, mandarin and floral in nose, citrus zest and piney, woody light resin in taste. Very sharp bitterness for a good, long lasting astringent finish; Very dry after taste, crisp and light bitter to mouth.
Comments: This one has better aroma than taste, with the mandarin being a bonus to an otherwise thin and not so strong DIPA. The fruits and hops taste is clinically competent but not quite enough for the style. Still I’m glad to try this for a change of scenery. "Close but no cigar" seems to be the motto of this brewery.
HKdIPA (95) - - MAR 4, 2014
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not as good as you hope. A bit empty. Tried a couple times each time thinking it would improve. Not yet.
k0mpsa (896) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - MAR 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the globe, hong kong. Hazy dark orange color, smooth white head. Malty aroma, hops and some fruits. Taste is better, malty body with fruity hops, citrus notes. Dry hoppy finish.
Thisis12ptfont (748) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - FEB 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Tadj in Kyoto, Japan. Aroma is faint earthy, hoppy, burnt caramel and herbs. Appearance is bright golden served with massive foam (Japan loves foam) Taste is smooth and creamy with notes of biscuit, bitter hops, strong herbs, butter, caramel mango and peach. Overall, an interesting IPA but not the best I’ve had in Japan.
Jado (423) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - FEB 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy orange-amber with a persistent white head and moderate carbonation. Aromas of pine, lemon, pepper and a touch of sweetness. The taste starts out with a robust, lingering pine resin bitterness. That slips away toward the end, revealing some lemon, lime and black pepper. Really dry finish with a long spicy aftertaste. Nice Imp IPA.
Brentv (204) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a bottle in Tokyo. Hazy dark honey colored with a slight white head. Almost no lacing. Big aroma of floral hops. Floral hops flavor, not too bitter. Also not as big as expected for an imperial IPA. Pleasant bitter finish, but again, not overwhelming in intensity. Nice beer and worth drinking again.
Maris (901) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - FEB 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a unknown bottle size (stubbie) on 23/2/2014 (shared with Butz). Pours a murky dark golden orange with almost no head. The aroma features caramel malt and some fruity notes. Flavour wise, you get orange, lemon, peel, marmalade, honey grapefruit, and an almost salty spiciness. Has a fullish body and quite lively carbonation. The bitterness is intense, and wins out over the sweetness in the end. Not exactly US IIPA in style, but certainly related, and very nice stuff.
sturmthis (131) - USA - FEB 13, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Golden color. Bready and yeasty aroma. Taste off. Definitely not like a typical IPA. Don’t like this at all.
beer-yum (330) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A delicious brew that is both full bodied and perfectly balanced. Low(ish) alcohol content for the style means one can enjoy a couple more than one would be able to ordinarily too - and that is a plus.