Linnet (1008) - Umeĺ, SWEDEN - FEB 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Deep amber colour, medium dirty white head, lacing.
Aroma: Tropical fruits, mango, passionfruit, resin, candy, malts, alcohol, perfume, citric, lemon, pine.
Flavour: big bite, bit fruity, big malt base, alcohol, the finish is a bit unbalanced and keeps this from a top mark
Mouthfeel: sharp bubbles.
Total: Much better than 1st edt!
bigabe (194) - California, USA - JAN 30, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2011 One of my favorite Imperial IPAs. Not quite the perfectly balanced, wonderfully floral nose of Pliny the Elder... but the depth of flavor, and slightly sweet, grapefruit twist in the finish more than makes up for that. The alcohol is well disguised, and the added sugars do not make for a dull, one note added sweetness. This is an IPA with a rich bouquet of citrusy flavors.
mjs (4202) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Cask at Gallows Real Ale Festival 2011 and draught at Pikkulintu) The beer poured reddish brown and almost clear. Its head was small and white. Aroma had malts and hops - hop aroma was more intense in the keg version mainly because of higher carbonation. Palate was full bodied and warming. Flavours were hops, malts, sweetness, fruitiness, mildly saltiness and not too intense bitterness. Aftertaste was malty and bitter. I didn’t like the first edition but this one was good.
igniztion (313) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 28, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 330ml batch#423 at home. Pours a lovely, clear copper with decent amount of creamy off-white head. Aroma is pine, citrus, caramel toffee, Taste starts off light bitter, but quickly hits with force. Properly bitter, very slightly sweet. Light to medium body, light oily, average to lively carbonation.
deanso (4508) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle from ABCBeers in the Hague.
Lovely amber colour. You can smell the bitterness. Lovely bitter after-taste!
WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 26, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a hazy orange. Big white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is cloyingly sweet caramel and mild notes of grapefruit and pine. Flavor is similar. Slightly sticky mouthfeel and clean finish. Hides the ABV well. Disappointing lack of hops for a DIPA.
Japalo (1026) - DENMARK - JAN 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2011 Bottle 33 cl. batch 275. Served at 8 degree celcius. Honey elderberry aroma with a dry grape- fruit taste and a dry palate with plenty of nice bitterness. Love strong hoppy IPA’s.
tiong (2967) - Espoo, FINLAND - JAN 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2011 Draught @ Pikkulintu, Helsinki
Pours dark orange with a foamy white head. Taste is surprisingly dry, not very sweet. Still quite hoppy and fruity. Pretty good, but a bit unbalanced. 8-4-8-4-14 = 3.8
Re-rated on 23.7.2011. Bottle from Alko. Batch 220, BBE 18.6.2012. Slightly better from a fresh bottle, hops and fruits dominate more and overall the taste is more balanced. 8-4-9-4-16 = 4.1
lusikka (5180) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 22, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle @ Gastropub Tuulensuu.
Pours a clear copper colour with a natural white, lacy head. Aroma of stinging and strong hops with flowery notes. Strong flavour of bitter hops, caramel malts, grass and dried fruits. Medium bodied, thick and hop-dry mouthfeel. A lot better than the first edition.
Sevenlee (1157) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JAN 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2012 Had to re-rate this as I wasn’t impressed first time around. Dark amber colour and a frothy off white head. Strong aroma of fruits and alcohol. Initial taste is sweet and fruity until the hops and huge bitter finish. Much better the second time around.