leems (406) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Based on the appearance of this beer I am very hopeful, it is beautiful! Perfect amount of head clear, I’m ready for this. Then I got very little aroma out of the beer, and it was in a snifter! What I did get was faint pine and citrus hops. My first sip and all I got was malt, second sip... slightly sour? Third sip, oh there’s the bitterness of the hops, I nearly forgot this was an IPA. Once I got through that the beer came together, it was a little malt, nice bitter back bone though, a little soured, and then just a tiny bit of hop flavor which wasn’t very pronounced just hiding in the back. Not knowing what an Old IPA should taste like this could be a great example, however it’s not a great modern IPA though I would drink it again if it weren’t so flipping expensive!
skortila (4178) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAY 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared at Bullits place. The aroma has citric hops, some caramel malt. Hazy, copper coloured beer with an off-white head. The taste is bitter, citric hoppy. Dry finish. Okay.
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 15, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle shared by Argo0 at RBWG, pours dirty blond with a medium white head. Aroma is strong pine and herbal hop tones. Flavor is toasted malt, pine hops, some wood elements. A decent IPA.
caesar (4508) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - APR 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Hazy golden color, short head. Nice hoppy aroma. Bitter taste. Decent IPA.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by fonefan on 8/28/09: Transparent copper bronze with a well-lacing white head. Aroma of grassy piny hops and lightly sweet doughy toasty caramel with a hint of wood. Starts with a light sweetness and good citrusy hoppy balance before a crisp drier bittersweet finish. Has a hint of saltiness. A pretty good IPA, but nowhere near worth the $20+/12oz price tag in the US.
FatPhil (8114) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2012 330ml bottle (Pikkulintu, Helsinki)
7 beautiful woody aroma, a touch hazelnutty. Some butter later.
4 deep orange, healthy persistent head.
8 Freezer ice retronasals, some nettly hops too. tastes beautifully aged, mellowed and woody. Slight touch of walnuts and vanilla.
4 Pleasant carbonation. Smooth body. drying nuttiness. Finish walnutty and mellow, but also massively hopped
15 my god, they’ve cracked it. stunningly good beer, and the taste is all beer, not doped with whisky unlike the other tastiest things from Brewdog. Mellower as it warms, even some chocolate later.
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Cornelius. Hazy orange colored brew. Citric hoppy aroma. Flavor is hops, grapefruit. Nice.
sfhodense (4793) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - APR 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours unclear amber with a large off-white head. Aroma is malt, heavy hop, grass and citrus. Flavour is malt, hoppy citrus and grapefruit.
DocLock (7214) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of PUB’N via none of your Goddamned business. Pours hazy deep coppery orange with 2-finger off-white head. Nose is heavy resiny hops, fruit, some earthy and acidic notes, and some mild woody hints. Tastes very dry, very bitter, hoppy, with some fruit, dry floral, and scotch whisky notes. Stays bone dry as it warms, and the hops never let up either. Late heat makes this one a true scotch/beer hybrid.
Bullit (3725) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Cornelius. Hazy golden colour, off-white head. Aroma of malts, hops. Flavour of bitter hops, some malts, fairly bitter and fairly dry.