Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Awesome inscribed 25cl bottle from Le Langhe, York. Pours a blonde colour with a fair white head. A Belgian tripel aroma of candy sugar, caramel and alcohol with a fruity, berry character also. Quite an astringent and bitter flavour upfront of juniper berries, grass, alcohol and an earthy mushroom finish. Some biscuity malt also. Moderate carbonation, light CO2 prickle and a foamy mouth-feel. Definitely not what I was expecting from an IPA. I agree with Dan, this drinks more like a hoppy Belgian ale. I like it.
jaghana (3442) - Strasbourg (France), FRANCE - MAY 2, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 25cl, a cloudy amber beer. Nose is spicy, aroma is astringent, near a triple beer, fruity and hopy, very yeasty and ester notes, unbalanced and not so drinkable, grapefruit notes, quite sweet. Is that an IPA ??
Rune (7249) - Tromsø, NORWAY - APR 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
100ml, draught at Open Baladin. Nice white tophead, slowly fading over an amber coloured body. Malt-fruity nose, with hints of lactose. Fruity hops in flavour again with hints lactose and added by grainy malts. Distant bitter ending. Medium bodied. Pleasing, however, a rather unusual IPA (Roma, 31.03.2012).
The_Bish (1124) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not quite the sum of all its parts. Has a thickness to it’s aroma and taste that shows off malty hops
ska (200) - ITALY - MAR 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Stasera assaggio la seconda delle tre Baladin che ho trovato in bottigliette da 25, altra bella (e buona) sorpresa dopo la Super della settimana scorsa. In italiano non riesco a descriverla dato che mi vengono fuori termini tipo "dorato profondo" o "note di pino", magari andrebbero pure bene ma sono abituato all’inglese quindi: deep golden color, medium off persistent white head, caramel aroma with citrus (grapefruit) and peach notes, citrus and pine mildly bitter flavor, dry finish with herbal notes aftertaste, nice. Anche in questo caso la dicitura IPA non deve fuorviare il giudizio, sono birre che vanno contestualizzate e non paragonate alle illustri e canoniche rappresentanti dei generi etichettati. Ecco cosa succede se scrivo in italiano...insomma, buona dai.
A10101100 (7) - - FEB 20, 2012 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a cloudy coppery amber, with some brown scattered sediments. Light weak head that dissipates fast. Sweet floral aromas with caramel, banana and apricot notes. Very active carbonation. Medium bodied and a full palate with a crisp finish. Sweet malts complements the hoppy bitterness. Leaves a smooth espresso like aftertaste.
dantheman278 (1358) - SCOTLAND - FEB 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Clear golden amber, little white head fades to nothing. Big sweet resinous nose, honey, hint of almond, hint of marmalade. Juicy sherbet front, hint of citrus, great prickly mouthfeel, slightly sweet resinous finish. Tastes more like a weird Belgian Double IPA than a normal IPA.Nice though.
Hirotoma (471) - Bologna, ITALY - FEB 5, 2012
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bo che dire... io non l’ho apprezzata particolarmente un po’ insipida, ne carne ne pesce...
diabel (1590) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JAN 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear blond body with a white fizzy-creamy head. Aroma of flowers and some light malts. Quite well balanced. Moderately bitter, lightly sweet flavour - nice hoppy. Ok balanced.
Bart (2941) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
25cl bottle @ RBBWG 2012 thanks to Diabel. Golden blond coloured with some very small yeast parts and a short white head. Heavy yeasty vanilla spicy (almonds?) hinted aroma. Full palate. Finish is full malty and yeasty herby hinted. Not bad, but would not indicate this as an IPA, limited bitter hints and more yeasty notes.