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.
ElDesmadre (1475) - Mikołůw, POLAND - FEB 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Cantabrian, huge thanks for that! Itís refreshing to drink an IPA the way it probably used to be made in the old days. Itís also interesting that in spite of the NZ hops used to brew this one, it feels very old school. Granted, there is a suggestion of kiwi and gooseberry but only peripheral. The hoppiness is for the most part of the floral, spicy, light citrusy type. The light caramelly backbone is more than solid, with notes of earth and overripe fruit completing the picture. Thickish and heavy in the mouth, it benefits from a light tart note, vital for the balance. A medium bitterness goes hand in hand with a warming feeling. And yes - after it warms the lovely apricot marmalade note of old world IPAís emerges. This is not a beer for hop heads but for those who value a deep, classy brew. Excellent.
Brodies_Best (233) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Served cold at number 1 Queen St Auckland. Pours orange brown, cloudy without much head. Not much aroma, kinda musky with light floral hops. Very sweet. Amazing floral hop aftertaste.
kiwianer (3317) - 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 (9999) - 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 (439) - 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 (400) - 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 (300) - 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 (680) - 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 (10702) - 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.