FlacoAlto (4139) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with a two finger thick, pale amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark amber color that shows a bright, clear, amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of nutty, sherry, caramelized cardboard, that sits in front ruby-red grapefruit zest, caramelized, citrus zest, and then a bright tangelo note that sits in front of a tobacco like note, perhaps a touch of menthol, some pine, and a citrusy berry character. A supporting whole grain character melds with the caramelized malt notes.
Amply bitter, quite light bodied, and the finish is hops and oxidation. A lingering nutty note melds with some cardboard, a bitter almost roast malt note that really lingers on the palate. The hop character is herbal, has a light pine, faded tangelo zest, Meyer lemon notes, ruby-red grapefruit, and a peppery, slightly green, spicy, essential citrus zest note. Sweet tea like caramelized malt melds with the nutty, slightly cardboard like, and definitely toasted whole grain in a brown bread sort of manner.
A definite aged example, the oxidation is certainly taking hold, but the hop character is still bright enough, the malt is really were the oxidation bites deepest. I really like how light bodied this beer is, it helps with the quaffability, but the oxidized malt makes this more of a sipping brew. If you can get past the oxidation, this beer still has a lot going on; certainly a beer to drink in a much younger state though.
madmitch76 (21751) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
7th September 2009
Clear darkish amber beer. Decent creamy head. Smooth and softish palate, slightly dry. Soft malt, very well balanced with a little light hop. Finishes soft and dry with more malt. Very refined IPA.
Scopey (12245) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at some expense from Utobeer a while back. It pours clear orange amber, with a decent white head. The nose is quite sweet actually - caramel, raisin, wood and resin. The taste is caramel, toffee, very woody, biscuit, dried fruits, spice, hint of citrus pith and some alcohol warmth, with a bitter-sweet finish. Medium body and a low-moderate carbonation. I imagine this was a lot more vibrant and hoppy to begin with, but it actually still drinks pretty well.
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
bottle... more gimmicks or a solid brewdog beer? back to the gimmicks on this one, weaves a creative brewing story but falls flat in taste and execution, don’t waste your money... the aroma has lots of alcohol, a bit of caramel, and citrus... lots more malt on the taste than anything, boring with an off finish... pass
Frenger (367) - Derby, Alabama, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from brewdog.com. pours a rich amber. Blackcurrant aroma and a tasty subtle rum flavour. Lasted very well for 3 years old.
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint bottle poured into glass. This is my type of IPA. Now my senses may be off slightly since I’m just coming off a 2 day head cold and my nostrils have been filled with god knows what, but I really like the aroma of this. Slight honey and hops mixed with a bit of citrus. Flavor is damn tasty as well. The hops don’t jump right out at you from the get go but slowly make it’s presence know on the back end. Easy sipping beer.
Nightfall (1307) - Hamburg, GERMANY - JUL 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ RBESG 2009 Harlequin, Sheffield , and also bottle at home:
Amber colored with average off-white head.
Heavily hoppy aroma and so is the taste but backed by a strong sweet malty background. Bitter finish
gyllenbock (7558) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 20, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brownish/orange with a large white head. A lot of malt in both the aroma and taste, not that hoppy. I think that the bottle was on the old side. Still quite good but not that fresh anymore.
rosenbergh (10206) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 3, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330 ml bottle. Finland.
Hazy amber colour with small white head.
Mild fruity/berry hoppy aroma with some alcohol.
Cranberries, berry hoppy and malty flavour.
Quite mediocre IPA for BrewDog. I want my €12 back.
tiong (6390) - Espoo, FINLAND - APR 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle @ Kaunis Kampela, Helsinki
Pours dark orange with a tiny head. Aroma is woody and has hints of oak. Taste is malty with woody and oaky notes and hints of vanilla. Smooth, salty finish. Not your typical IPA, but a nice beer nevertheless.