3fourths (9137) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fresh bottle at Brothers Beer in Auckland, January 2014 date. Jujube gummi candy, kumquat, green papaya and starfruit hops; malt seems English in that brined cherry way... esters give it more of a peach and melon fruitiness... I guess itís a menagerie of fruits in the nose, yes a menagerie! Lychee and agave and orange blossom... quite an exotic fruit aroma, much different than you typically find in hoppy new world beer. Even some sort of triple sec / grand marnier (which is barrel aged orange blossom cognac brandy) notes in the finish, itís a strange sort of spirit effect but without any noticeable ethanol. Soft malt texture with fine natural carbonation make for an enjoyable delivery. Big ups for Baird creating something unique here. Iím not in love with it, itís a little too sweet, too fruity and the tropical fruit and brandy / cognac notes arenít what I go for, but itís certainly well executed and a testament to the creativity and talent at Baird.
weark (645) - Morges, SWITZERLAND - JAN 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Erzbierschof / Amber color, persitent beige head, good lacing / Citrusy hops well balanced with caramalt, toffee and mango aroma / Flavor is resinous hops, citrusy, caramel, biscuit / Medium to full body, medium bitterness, sweet, high carbonation, sweet malt and bitter finish / Good malt backbone and good choice of hops
Bov (11974) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
from Erzbierschof - fully cloudy copper-brown beer under a persistent beige foam; correct lacework; flowery hoppiness with notes of berries; a good malt backbone, solid carbonation; astringent and fairly bittter, notes of umami (a recurrent property for this brewery); quite dry, citrusy hoppiness and more flowery notes in a long lingering bitterness
GoufCustom (1617) - HONG KONG - DEC 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
360 ml bottle bought at YATA in Grand Century Place in Mong Kok.
Translucent dark golden amber colour with lots of chocolate-colour yeast sediments; Two finger head with beautiful, long lasting crumpety off white foam; Excellent sticky lacing with active carbonation; Fragrant sweet aroma of full ale malt, with grapefruit, orange peel, light honey, nectar, light floral, pine cone, earth, spices and light grass; Sweet taste of ale malt, with light grapefruit, dry biscuits, dough, light yeast, molasses, cocoa, light alcohol, earth, spices, light resin, liquorices, lime and herbal hops; Medium body, slightly thick and oozy palate; Mouth feel is definitely 3Cs - Cascade, Chinook and Columbus, with moderate grapefruit, piney, earthy, resiny and spicy palate, with some surprise in cocoa, too. Pretty tasty, through not as extreme as most Californian craft IPAs; Despite the ooze, the body is also somewhat thinner. Strange but still alrightÖ Very biscuity ale malt. Mouth feel is fulfilling, with strong liquorices to counter the sweetness. Good... Hoppiness is fragrant grapefruit, orange floral and pine cone in nose, light fruit and good earth, spice, resin and cocoa in taste. Bitterness is quite strong, balance the sweetness well with pretty long and moderately astringent finish; Pretty dry after taste, hoppy yet tasty to mouth.
Comments: There is no doubt that this one has all the right looks, aroma, 3C hoppiness and taste to be excellent, yet its body is thinner than most craft IPAs to be truly great. Maybe the adjuncts was tad too much? I dunno. If the brewer make it thicker itíll be right up there. Enjoyable for sure, but for now itís just better then mid-pack.
kryon (2716) - Hšsselby, SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours amber with low white head
Aromas of bready malts, floral hoppyness, caramel
Taste has caramel, burned brown sugar, toffee, hoppyness of some tropical fruits
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Ktwse (4052) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark cloudy amber with a finger of white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, bready malts, light citrus. Taste is caramel sweet with only hints of bitterness in the finish. Body is light and oily with soft carbonation.
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StevieT (1613) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 16, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Citrus aroma and mild flavour, strong hops taste too. A good IPA, with a little twist, well worth a try.
Hop_Hedonist (469) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 16, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Good one - lovely honeyed caramel citrus aroma mirrored on palate - a different spin on the usual - leans more to Anerica than England which is great for me being an APA fan. Interesting enough to make me want to sip more. Surprise package.
Vells (1607) - RÓga, Latvija, LATVIA - OCT 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
only in some aspects reminds me of IPA. one of them was felt by nose, when opened bottle. malty with caramel, in same time nicely hopped and aromatic citrus. Hmm.. I would say, that I like and definitely wont refuse myself to buy another one, but its quite thin. Well its not so bad for me as I am not hardcore IPA fan =] Somewhat close to Black IPA
teddybeer (3408) - Madrid, SPAIN - OCT 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark amber colour with an off.white head with medium lasting. Aroma is hoppy, herbal with pumpkin notes. Flavor has a decent bitterness with long duration, notes of resins and punokin. The final is bittery with a creamy sensation on palate.