hopscotch (9853) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Cloudy apricot-colored ale with a mid-sized, fluffy, off-white head. Fantastic retention. The bouquet offers fuzzy and tropical fruits alongside a peppery, musky, funky hop medley. Full-bodied and astringent with soft carbonation. The flavor presents hearty caramel malts flanked by fruity hop flavor and bitterness. Finishes bitter, coarse and grassy. Bottle courtesy of plovmand!
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Wow, now that’s a bold hop flavor. Pours amber color with off-white head. Hops hops and more hops, really all over. I guess it’s all the dry-hopping? Really kind of knocks you out with hops, but lacks the flavor complexity of say, Stone Ruination. Worth trying if you are a hop lover.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours hazy orange with thick off white head. Aroma of citrus hops, slight pine. Nice smooth hop flavor with malt backing. Fairly easy to drink Double IPA, 9.5% ABV well hidden. Nicely done.
Pwn3d (1961) - Manhattan, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Intense hop character.. Almost vinegary, apple, spruce. Color is dark amber with a orangish brown hue. Overall, bold sipper with a rich hop flavor.
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - NOV 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark orange colored brew. Heavy hopped aroma, exotic fruits. Also lots of hops, grape, pine, citrus flavors. Nice iipa, good hopbitterness.
bhensonb (11809) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Beverages 4 Less in Santee, CA. Pours hazy orange amber with a foamy beige head. Quite an incredible load of hops in the nose. There’s some mild roast malt under that. Med + body. Flavor is very hoppy, but there’s a burnt sugar/caramel backbone. It’s almost astringent. Turns a bit towards sea weed or some sort of veg. The caramel is consistent, but the bitter changes around. Interesting stuff.
maltandhops (50) - Paris, FRANCE - NOV 23, 2010
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Lovely nose with exotic fruits from the hops. The palate is dissapointing - very bitter and to rich. I don’t see the point in these beers that are so unbalanced they are not drinkable - must be a male competition thing.
ndon (857) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at Pumphouse bar, Sydney. WOW!! This was fantastic! Spent far too much on it, but was pretty much worth it to try this. I really enjoyed the Hardcore, but this just gave it that extra edge. Plenty of big hops, creating both floral and fruity aromas, and the taste was much the same but with the addition of plenty of pine. Nice bitter finish followed.
Svesse (6634) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - NOV 20, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle, Bishop’s Arms Folkungagatan, Stockholm, 19 Nov 2010) Reddish amber colour with frothy, off-white head. Hoppy, fruity nose with notes of pine needles, resin, blood orange, grapefruit and black-currant. Fruity, hoppy taste with black-currant, pine needles, resin, grapefruit, caramel and a impressive piney/resinous bitterness in the finish. Solid malt foundation to support all the hops. Almost full body, fairly sweet (but without going overboard). Lovely beer with an impressive hop presence.
DruncanVeasey (7351) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Dranken Geers. Brilliant copper with a slim, yellow-beige foam. Rose, peach, strawberry Frutellas, (Quality Street) orange and strawberry creams, and chalk aroma. Slick and stewed with a medicinal, lemon and cherry cough sweet, tinned peach and honey character backed with considerable husky bitterness, orange liqueur and a hint of chocolate. Finishes with a burp of green. Like a concentrate of North Coast Red Seal. Good, but less than the sum of its parts.