GoufCustom (1573) - HONG KONG - MAR 28, 2013
2.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
330ml bottle bought at Biere von Irene in Yuen Long. Batch No. 566.
Cloudy, hazy dull ruby purplish-red colour; Very thin head and residual beige foam which fades in 20 seconds; Minimal lacing with active carbonation; Very fragrant aroma of raisin, floral, plum, dark fruit, light cherry, sparkling wine and sugar; Minimally sweet taste of light malt with light citrus, grapes, cream crackers, pines, herbs and light hops Med to light body, thin but slick palate; Taste profile is initially muted, no taste at all for a couple of seconds, then it hits you with the very light, dry biscuit malt plus light citrus, grapes, spices and herbal hops. All in really light dose. Hoppiness concentrates on aromas, and bitterness is very light, with mild astringency as finish. Pretty dry after taste, very easy to mouth.
Comments: I had high hope for this one before opening it, I wish I didn’t. Its fruity aroma is really nice and attractive, but the taste does not match, very muted and flat, and failed to spark my interest. The use of Simcoe and Chinook hops make some interesting piney hoppiness, but it’s still light. Even Mendocino’s Red Tail Ale tastes more exciting than this one. Its overall impression is underwhelming and disappointing. Would another batch be better? I don’t wanna bet.
anfractuosity (318) - - MAR 28, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tastes malty - wasn’t really to my taste though
Unde (859) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Scent has pine like feel, with some bitterness. Appearance is red with minimalist head. Taste has earth like-qualitys, some pine wood and hints of bitter fruits. Bitterness is in nice balance, not too powerful. Very pleasant red ale.
viktorvee (510) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2013 The overriding taste is one of bitterness which may be too much for some people, bit too much for me! A lovely appearance of deep red-Brown with gentle fizzing and a thick cream head. Some toffee in the nose. A slight astringent quality which fades into a pronounced bitter aftertaste. Hoppy, basically tastes like a modern, standard hop laden ipa with an extra tartness. Best slightly warmer than fridge temperature- let it warm up a bit!
hens (736) - Tallinn, Estonia, ESTONIA - MAR 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
0,33L bottle.Rich fruity, vegetables, herbs aroma. Soft start. Wierd turnip flavor jumping for few seconds. Like living beer. Very weird. Finish is bt skunky and very enjoyable bitter. Very nice brewing.
Graham77 (422) - SCOTLAND - MAR 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2014 330ml bottle. Aroma is piney hops with an underlying sweetness. Lovely creamy head on a dark copper, slightly hazy ale. The taste is hard for me to describe but has sweet and bitter elements, with a viscous mouthfeel. A good robust ale but slightly medicinal tasting.
mt_hall (187) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red-brown ale with a thick, pillowy light brown head. Fresh, clean aromas of pine and resin. Smooth on the palate with a hint of fruit (cherry?) at the start, subtle smoky malt flavours, and a dominant dry, hoppy, pine finish. Excellent.
AxlLives (288) - Maryland, USA - MAR 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2oz bottle - pours caramel-scarlet with nice, medium tan head. Sweet caramel notes, cookie, biscuit, touch of orange. Taste is grain, malted citrus, finishes with touch of bitterness. Pretty decent.
zomba (212) - Nokia, FINLAND - MAR 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours hazy amber with little head. Aroma has hops, flowers. Taste is sweet and bitter.
The_Osprey (5968) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
May 2012 - The guy at RealAle Twickenham told me this is his favourite. So expectations high… Verdict: Not amazing, hoppy, little floral. Disappointing. Very good rating on ratebeer though, so I may have to give it a second go just to check.