tricyclist (444) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Weird one... Sample pour of deep golden amber. Nose is malty sweet, no citrus, some herbal... Flavor is sweet malt, some light citrus, herbal and sweet. Light and drinkable, just not a favorite..
ElDesmadre (934) - Mikołów, POLAND - JAN 28, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Almost no head but no floaties compared with the Flyng Dog version. Even better aroma. Some toasted malt is detectable. Citrusy, minty and floral, with elderberry championing the citrus, an alpine herbal feel, rosemary and juniper, and berry-like undertones. The taste is significantly better than the FD version yet still rather amateurish. This beer has also an evidently alcoholic mouthfeel, albeit less than the FD version. The anise-like finish is better, the taste more aromatic and the whole is better balanced. Still, it basically fails as an IPA and fails even more as a gruit which both beers actually are. The whole experiment was a challange to my wallet and my palate was not impressed. The philosophy of overloading a beer with a ton of hops and seeing what comes out does not work well when transposed on a gruit.
iammarc (373) - Inverness, SCOTLAND - JAN 27, 2013
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Keg at The Anderson. Watery, slightly hazy amber body with no head. Aniseed, ginger, floral tasting.
Koelschtrinker (8468) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JAN 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hellmalziger Antrunk, Fruchtnoten, aufkommende Hefenoten. Im Mittelteil intensiver nach Kräutern und Früchten, weich, süffig. Geringe Herbe zum Ende, weiterhin Kräuter, vollmundig. 12/12/11/11/8/11
zacgillbanks (948) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. A dark amber-brown beer that pours without a head. It has a sweet floral fruity flavour with ginger and herbal notes and a sweet lemon and slight bitter finish.
Abrakarl (96) - SWEDEN - JAN 18, 2013
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Odd, spicy aroma. Can’t place the spice though. Not totally positive. No hops really which is negative. Will not have this again. It’s strong but not good. A waste of time and money and brain cells, although I applaud them for trying something different.
HenrikSoegaard (9119) - Randers, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Frothy white good mostly lasting head. Golden colour. Moderate malty and hoppy(?) aroma. Light bitter strange lavender flavor. Moderate finish. Watery palate. really strange beer but that was also the atention?
gunnfryd (8531) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 10, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is ginger, malt, caramel. Flavour is ginger, malt, caramel, orange, herbs. Full body. OK beer.
larsniclas (4980) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled from Systembolaget
Hazy dark amber with a very brief head.
Sweet and spicy aroma; heather, pine and some broth.
Rather light body.
Flowery and spicy flavour; ginger, juniper-berries, heather and some elder-berries..
EdKing (1299) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Kris Wines. Colour is bright chestnut/copper brown, white head. Lots of bubbles and carbonation in the glass, although less so on the taste. Nose is spicy. It’s like sarsaparilla or Vimto. Fruity and spicy. There’s cinnamon, ginger, juniper, clove, Coca-cola caramel. This is how I would expect an ale to taste before they used hops. It works pretty well.