erickok (3484) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - SEP 7, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Glowing slightly reddish, medium head. Light herbal and a bit of sweetness. Bay leaves and pepper. Ending is spicy but better balanced than the Flying Dog version.
Vaiz (3315) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - SEP 7, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear orange. Aroma of spices, anise, orange, slightly sharp but a bit more appealing than the other. Flavor is bittersweet, nice balance but a bit thin. Still, I think I need hops.
Hirotoma (471) - Bologna, ITALY - SEP 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Non sembra affatto una birra, non lo sembra nell’aroma, dove si sente l’assenza del luppolo e dove invece si sentono molto le spezie come la cannella, non lo sembra nell’aspetto, poca schiuma e colorazione da thè, non lo sembra nel sapore molto speziato con un’attacco dolce che vira poi su un leggero amaro. Ancora cannella su tutti! Il retrogusto senbra sempre qualcosa di altro ma forse è l’aspetto che più si avvicina alla birra considerando anche l’amarezza abbastanza persistente che lascia insieme a un gran sentore di cannella! In ogni caso buona!
kapusil (588) - HUNGARY - SEP 6, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
0.33l bottle. Pours light amber with a very thin white head. Aroma of ginger with some sweet bubble gum. A lot of ginger and bubble gum in the taste as well. The zero IBU IPA is an interesting idea, but this beer is not extraordinary.
BoBoChamp (5382) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 5, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2013 33cl, new exclusive Scottish collab. brew Anno 2012, with spices and herbs, from The Bottle Shop Canterbury, not complex sweet brew, malty/spicy and slightly fruity, yet balanced, clear, small head, nothing special, yet original brew!
anders37 (16537) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a clear pale amber color with a white head. Has a fruity malty spicy herbal sage aroma. Fruity malty spicy sage flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy herbal finish.
TheCametron (1777) - CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 4, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Keg at Brewdog. Dark Amber with a very thin White head. Massive Sage nose. Flavour is Sage and some pine. Reminiscent of the Williams Pine beer but much worse. I really enjoy the taste of fresh Sage so this appealed to me to some extent. The bitterness is definitely conspicuous in it’s absence. The better of the two ’Arms Race’ beers. Both were fairly wack though.
jamestulloch (1315) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 4, 2012
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Aroma: Herbal and slightly fruity.
Appearance: Deep amber body. Hold its head slightly better than the Flying Dog version, though it still disappears pretty quickly. Medium carbonation. No lacing.
Taste: The malty notes are more prevalent than in the Flying Dog version. Herbal and fruit flavours. Not particularly moreish.
Palate: Thin, watery body with a slightly oily texture. Lively carbonation.
Overall: Brilliant experiment to brew a beer without hops - definitely something different! This is better than the Flying Dog version, or rather, less horrible.
RichTheVillan (2681) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; interesting challenge a no hop IPA, pours amber with a slight red with a frothy head that disappears quickly. You can smell botanicals and spice almost like gin. They have achieved a bitter taste but it tastes a bit like juicy fruit bubblegum that is loosing its flavour. Glad I’ve tried it!
Scopey (6651) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Keg at BrewDog Camden. It pours very clear red-amber, with a quickly dissipating off-white head. The nose is bubblegum, candyfloss, Irn Bru, floral and spearmint. The taste doesn’t quite live up to the nose: dull fruit sweetness, diet Irn Bru, light bubblegum, well hidden alcohol, herbal and peppery notes, with a dry finish. Medium body, low carbonation and slick mouth-feel. An interesting experiment for sure, but I wouldn’t rush back for another...