CacheManyHose (391) - HONG KONG - NOV 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From Craftissimo. Cloudy (so muddy it's opaque) orange-brown with yeasty sudsy off-white head and legs. Smells of heavy wet malt, some fruitcake/sweet spiced bread, butterscotch, pear and other overripe fruits, quite a concentrated aroma. Tastes of malt but accompanied by a lot of bitterness, a little sour and musty. Has the heavy malt and hop flavour of some New Zealand IPAs but less fresh-tasting and more musty and sweet, esp. in the nose. Body is thin to medium, a little fizzy and frothy, spicy bitter finish. Solid relatively malty IPA that's less creamy/crisp in palate than other Birra del Borgo beers I've tried.
HKdIPA (457) - HONG KONG - NOV 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Craftissimo at home. Hazy/opaque dark amber pour. Hoppy - pine and fruit - biscuity aroma. Taste is similar - big bitter hops with healthy malt background. Very bitter finish. Much more traditional flavor profile than other Borgo beers - really good IPA. Big flavor, very bitter, but balanced. Yum.
tfredvik (1416) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy medium amber body with an off-white head that laces the glass very well. Strong aroma of slightly overripe tropical fruits, especially peach and mango, backed up by caramel. So far this looks and smells very much like a double IPA. The flavour and taste however does not have the necessary punch to justify the DIPA classification. I’d say the bitterness is quite moderate, i.e. not as bitter as a powerful DIPA should be, and frankly I doubt that the IBU printed on the label is correct: this does not feel like 120 IBU at all. The sweetness is moderate to light, in other words not sweet enough to be able to mask 120 IBUs that efficiently. It’s a bit watery and the finish is rather short. Still, a very nice IPA that pretends to be a DIPA. And that name? Please? That must be stupid even in Italian.
[Sample from 75 cl bottle, Mystery Beer #3 @ Kaaz’ Ølsmaking på takterrassen]
ShaneJ (726) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Beer Cartel (Jan 2014). Hazy amber, moderate off-white head, strong citrus/pine hops, some floral aromas, burnt caramel malt, spicy bitterness, medium body, long bitter finish. Nice.
AndySnow (4829) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 6, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Where: Bir&Fud Bottega, Rome.
Appearance: Hazy amber colour with a large off-white head.
Aroma: Fruit, hops, caramel, malt.
Body: Medium body, low to medium carbonation.
Flavour: Fruit, hops, grass, citrus, floral, some perfume.
JohnnyJ (4911) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 31, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Brownish copper pour, with an off white head. Caramel, bread, citrusy hops, light fruitiness, and mild bitterness. Decent.
shoulderbroken (2733) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Gar Eden. Very fruity, slightly funky barrel taste, gum tape. Light bitterness followed by funky sweetness. Peach, and something citrus. Bit of gin! Weird yeastiness.
daje (2704) - NORWAY - NOV 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Open Baladin Roma, august 19th 2013. Hazy orange body, big beige head. Aroma of caramel, grapefuit, peach and flowers. Taste of lots of crystal malt, several tropical fruits, yeast. High bitterness and very dry aftertaste.
mkel07 (4297) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 24, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
750ml bottle from Archive. Pours a dark coppery red colour with a big rocky foam. Awesome hop aromas are very good, fall and piney. Strong flavour which is very intense. Full body ad strong aftertaste.
bax (1289) - Hasselager, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle 15/08-2012) Large beige head, unclear amber color, hoppy aroma, good bitterness. BB date 12/2013.