buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, - AUG 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
So very complex, so very subtle; but what a punch of hops. This is a confident brew; it doesnít hide behind stunt levels of hops or a mouth-full sweetness; itís balanced, boozy, hoppy and just goes down nice and slowly. One of the best strong IPAs Iíve ever tasted.
kiwianer (2916) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The head is good, the body darkred-brown & cloudy. It smells hoparomatic, sweet, malty, a bit alcoholic. The taste is hoppy, aromatic, creamy-malty, less bitter, fruity, balanced and interesting.
Travlr (9833) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of Jimthechap, thank you! Bottled June 2012. Cloudy golden amber brown color, fluffy tan head with good retention. Aroma of stonefruit, light toast. Taste is sweet, malty rye bread, light spice. Nice.
beer-yum (239) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A double IPA that was a little disappointing given the reputation of the brewer. An enjoyable rather than spectacular way to end a session.
pmuzz (378) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 28, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good beer. Nice balance and perfect hop presence. Real english DIPA. Worth a try.
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 5, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy orange colour with thick white head. Fruity plum flavour. Smooth creamy mouthfeel, short bitterness hides alcohol well.
DylansDad (290) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Herbal, spicy, medicinal and alcoholic. Tastes unlike any IPA or DIPA Iíve had.More like a supercharged red with Christmas cake undertow. Very warming and wintery, I had to crack out the aged cheddar to keep my palate grounded. I wish Iíd also had some spicy salami. Not for beginners.
omega (583) - NEW ZEALAND - OCT 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Quite a heavy beer and not what I was expecting from the description (however the highish alc content should have been a hint). Softness and length on the palate is where this beer shines............
bhensonb (9827) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Star Grocery in Berkeley, CA. Pours hazy dark copper with a transient fizzy beige head. Aromas of cooked light pitted fruits and floral hop. Med body or better. Flavor is sharp hop and overwhelmed mildly roasted malt. Thereís a burn on the tongue - thatís not heat. Thereís a burn in the gullet that is likely heat. Thereís a lot of flavor - but it heads more towards phenolic than towards NW citrus/pine. Itís very fruity, and despite the prior sentence, it carries a load of citrus. But also earth and floral. This is a great beer, which is quite distinct from typical American DIPAs.
Cantabrian (674) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 6, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2013 Wow, "Ben" got it so right! I could firmly believe that the ale Hodgson was brewing in his time was somewhat very smiliar, but perhaps not as good. Fabulous cloudy copper. The aroma is that Niagara Penisnula Ice Wine - great dessert wine, that I can get the whiff from the best IPAs. Flavours of malts, ANZAC biscuits, licorice and the hoppy, herbal bitterness that is so well balanced, so round... And there is a perfect balance of hops, bitterness and sweeteness in the finish. Nice and steady, with only a craving for more lingering in the back. Hodgson would indeed be proud of it. I am not an IPA person, surely, but this is nearing perfection. Already saved my bottles for ageing, as suggested by Jimthechap below.
FIRST RE-RATE (one year after, thanks to Jimthechap). The beer gaisn in sweetness, more towards the apricots and biscuits, and loses in hoppiness. Still, it goes down and precious vintage!
************************* Regardless of the alcohol content, I suspect this was produced to be an IPA, not double.
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Amber-brown beer with a dark cream head. Grapefruit and light pine aroma with light sumemr fruit. Caramel and pine flavor with light grapefruit. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Pine and caramel linger with light grapefruit.