Benzai (9646) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAY 2, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ home. Lightly hazy orange color, full sized off-white head that lasts for a long time. Aroma is malts, hops, quite fruity. Taste malts, some caramel, hops, a bit metallic, a bit dry, medium to firm bitterness. I think if I would try this fresh it would score close to a 4, but it is clearly past its prime. Still decent, but you can taste that the flavor has declined.
Alengrin (2938) - BELGIUM - APR 3, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2015 Tasted from a bottle I bought online somewhere. West Coast IPA with splendidly deep orange blonde colour, clear with quiet fizz but a hazy amber with deposit, under an irregular, creamy, thickly and broadly lacing, off-white, quite thick and stable head. ’Dank’ aroma of pine resin, rotting hay, pink grapefruit, fresh hemp, nettles, wormwood, orange peel, pineapple, basil, peaches in syrup, drying tomato, honey, gooseberries, samphire. Taste starts with a pleasant, sweetish-sourish fruitiness of pineapple, sour berries and apple paired with a weedy, hoppy ’celery saltiness’ from the start, as is not unusual for the style, (very) minerally and quite refreshing; a decidedly caramelly and somewhat nutty, lightly toasted maltiness underlies, gentle and mellow, with the spiciness of the hops playing on top of it and gaining strength in the process, unambiguously showing the way to a finish of resinous, spicy, citrussy hop bitterness lasting for a long time, yet remaining gentle enough to leave room for some subtle ’butterscotch’-like malt sweetishness to shine through; the initial saltiness accompanies the whole palate and seems to increase even in the end, adding further ’drought’, making me all the more thirsty yet bothering me a bit in the end, resulting in a kind of clear salty taste not unlike bakingsoda, lingering for a long time. Alcohol remains fairly well hidden. In all: a rather typical example of the style, but perhaps a bit ’too’ typical, delivering what anyone would expect from it, but not really distinguishing itself from its countless congeners. Still, I quite enjoyed it, and it did revive the hophead in me, though this saltiness was just a bit too much - I’d rather have hop bitterness staying with me. Just needs some more ’umph’ and could do with a little more body as well.
77ships (4858) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thank you gentlefolk! Sampled 355 ml. bottle @ Delirium Hoppy Loft. Hazy orange, little white. Muddy watery orange peel nose. Bitter old vitamins, orange peel taste, herbal, moldy plaster & plants, malts. Herbal & malty body. Not very nice in my opinion.
Diabobale (271) - Vallata, SUD ITALIA, ITALY - FEB 14, 2015
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottiglia da 35,5 cl, imbottigliata a settembre 2013. Presenta un buon colore arancio carico opalescente, una schiuma abbondante, leggermente cremosa, di colore avorio, non troppo persistente. Al naso ti aspetteresti subito note citriche o tropicali o resinose e invece risultano assenti. Il sentore di carruba è l’unico presente, con lievissime note di castagna affumicata. Al palato si avverte subito il corpo più che medio, molto dolce con note maltate di caramello e biscotto, un po’ "nutty", vaniglia e ancora carruba. Carbonazione lieve, sorso rotondo, non secco, con note resinose e persistenza quasi nulla. Restrogusto assente. Più che di una IPA (e questa viene dalla california, sic!) ci si ritrova in compagnia di un’american brown o strong ale se non fosse per l’aspetto che la identificano come una IPA.
ogivlado (6167) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 27, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled 355ml. -at O’Hara Zagreb. Darker golden coloured, medium sized off-white head, hops and fruits in the nose. Moderate malty, citrusy fruity, slight herbal hoppy and touch of alcohol with notes of grapefruit in rather bitter finish and aftertaste. Ok brew.
Marko (4175) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 23, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled at O’Hara Zagreb with Ribafish, thanks Marin & co!
Misty to murky dark golden body with a small smooth white head that went away slowly. Malty aroma, orange, dry, sweet, sugary. Unripe (green) fruit in the taste, with some dry maltiness. Medium bitterness. Unimpressive but nice.
CJ_Pain (186) - Georgia, USA - DEC 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pretty good IPA. Standard issue color, aroma, etc. this one is balanced and subdued, very easy drinking. Be a good "starter" IPA for the uninitiated.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
nathan30533 (842) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really enjoyable ipa. Good balance with this one. This ipa has a good sweet aroma and and great forming head. Good looking and good tasting.
slowrunner77 (6600) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
"this traditional ipa has about half of a full hop flavor. unispired and uninspiring, not even that good in the heat of summer, and this may be their best beer that I’ve had."
daniele (6195) - ITALY - OCT 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle ambrata velata schiuma abbondante note maltate caramello resinoso discrete note agrumate corpo medio buona amaro piuttosto bilanciato