MalcolmTucker (712) - SCOTLAND - MAR 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. An all round quality beer, strong hop bitterness reigned in by solid malt/rye base.
JHeath99 (782) - - FEB 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the internets. Pours a transparent amber with a nice layer of off white head. Aroma slightly sweet similar to unsweet tea with an almost fruitness to it. Taste upfront hops with a nice malty companion.
jinroh (317) - ESTONIA - FEB 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
355 ml bottle from AEON Liquors @ Jiyugaoka. Pours nice amber and relatively clear for a rye ale. Head is not large and doesn’t stay long. Aroma has rich hop character, nicely balanced with fruity malt caramel notes. Can I feel some rye over there? Actually not in the nose - but in the taste yes. First sip is quite well balanced between hops and body. I guess it is body where the full roundness of rye caramel comes out the best. Hops are still quite strong and there is solid bitterness, some pine needles. Not too resinous though, bitterness feels quite dry. Aftertaste starts off fruity but ends by long and lingering bitterness. Excellent beer and doesn’t really feel "double" at all. Well, maybe a little :)
BrewHaMeister (152) - - FEB 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle pours a hazy copper with a small head and little lacing. Aromas of toffee, banana, caramel. Very delicious.
Hop_Hedonist (221) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 22, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Massive burnt toffee palate almost - but not quite - balanced with fruity resinous hops - not my style (I prefer low malt impact) but I appreciate the quality and the complexity. Fantastic (if this is your style).
metalhead0043 (144) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle for 2.49. Pours dark copper/amber with a white head. Aroma is huge caramel malts with a hoppy citrus backing. Taste is similar, huge citrus hop, caramel malts with a rye backing and lasting bitterness. Body is creamy, above average. Overall this is a very good IPA. Recommended,
jaybes (17) - Hastings, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2014
3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Caramel, leather, raisin. Awesome rye punch. Nice alcohol burn on the back. Very sweet.
njnut (199) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured into shaker from bottle. Aroma is orange peel. Color is copper and had a decent off white head. Taste is hoppy, citrus and malt. Finish has a bitterness and the malt comes through. Non filtered there was some sediment but almost clear. Mouthfeel is thicker but still slick. Alcohol seems nicely hidden. Enjoyed, well done.
Tonari (6) - - FEB 16, 2014 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very rich on the nose with a clear caramel aroma mixed with orange peel, dry figs, cherries herbs. Medium body, but solid, nice creamy texture. Alcohol is quite high and this propably adds sweetness to the flavour.
The finish is long and a bitter aftertaste lingers in the mouth.
I think this kind of beers are good especially in winter, very nice.
thome50 (987) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, numerous times. Pours a darker than usual golden with slight white head. Aroma is floral hops but that quickly goes away. Taste is banana, distant hops and some residual sugar an pine. That sounds good but this isn’t great. Might be old but I see this all over. Bottle date.