Lowenbrau (2856) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - JUN 4, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle. Fruit aromas. Pours clear amber, with nice frothy white head, persistent and good lacing. Medium body and average carbonation. Taste is a bit fruity, alcohol noticeable (maybe too much). Not very well balanced. Long warm finish.
FatPhil (12181) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 3, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle (Hell Hunt, Tallinn) Batch -104, BB 04-04-13, Drunk 2012-06
Pours a very bold reddy orange, fairly persistent tight off-white head. Aroma totally packed with hop resins, quite fresh, but quite messy and a little oppressive - like there’s some dodgy chemicals in the glass. Smoooooth palate, soft carbonation, but alas that becomes slicker and stickier later. Big sweet malty base, but totally slathered in resiny hops. Less messy in the taste, the caramel toffee and treacle provide a soft cushion that the hops simply and safely bounce you against. Perhaps a little too sweet, but just within acceptable bounds. Some zesty orange makes it almost cakey. Hops are a little directionless, not giving any clear details, it’s basically all over the place. However, the up-side of that is that there’s a fair bittering component which leaves you with a nice bitter finish. Way less of a trainwreck than the first version - could it be that those crazy Scots are finally actually learning to brew pale ales? The IPA is dead series corroborates that progress.
undercurrent25 (1782) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2012
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an amber colour, strong grapefruit in the aroma and on the taste, oily on the palate and has a strong alcohol aftertaste, would be nicer if was brewed to a lower abv
StueyD (1549) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mid to dark amber brown coloured beer with a weak white head. A massive hop aroma, resinous and fruity, in particular passionfruit and a touch of orange, with a slight hint of sweetish malt in the background. Dry mouthfeel. The hops are abound again in the taste, the fruit element is present, passionfruits and oranges, but this time its along side a really green, grassy flavour, a hint of spice would liken it to rocket leaves! The finish is a little more subdued, being tempered by a soothing sweet malt flavour that takes the edge of the hops.
japi (156) - Neubrandenburg, GERMANY - MAY 25, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
An amber coloured beer with a big, two or three finger head, but it’s early almost disappeared. Very complex flavours! It has a piney, fruity, floral and citrus aroma. The taste is a little bit sweet and fruity, first. But then the alpha acids come and kick your mouth. It has brutal bitterness. Love it! The texture is oily, the body is full.
Reid (2178) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAY 24, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2oz bottle from "Lifesource" Salem
Nice darker burnt orange colured body with a good sized (1cm) head..its off white in colour.
Great wafts of spicy,resiny hops greet the nose..some semi-sweet citrus aspects also.Great
Taste is somewhat the same maybe sweeter than expected,slight but pleasing alcohol taste.
Rather odd in the mouth in that the carbonation is very low and what there is gives a silky smooth texture..almost bottle conditioned!
Good stuff and from my old neck of the woods
Sask89 (500) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - MAY 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice clear ruby red colour with a creamy off-white head. Aroma is of toffee and caramel with plenty of floral and citrus hops. Taste is mildly sweet, but quickly gives way to a robust bitterness. Medium body, nice carbonation, smooth and creamy mouth feel. Overall an excellent Double IPA.
ElDesmadre (2756) - Mikołów, POLAND - MAY 21, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Reddish brown with a frothy head. What a tropical hop-bomb this is! Citrusy, floral, with mango, pineapple and pine, all with a solid, caramelly-malty base underneath. Full, oily body complemented by oily hops caressing the palate. Light sweetness balancing the very strong bitterness. Some alcoholic warmth in the finish, well integrated into the noble bitterness, that is additionally balanced by the solid, chewy body of this brew. Floral-tropical-hoppy taste with a floral-piney-earthy aftertaste. Finally a beer that manages to live up to its hype entirely!
PatBateman81 (178) - Caserta, ITALY - MAY 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 33 cl @ Karhisma Birroteca (Piedimonte Matese, Caserta - Italy). Pours a lively rusty orange, almost clear and with a beautiful-to-look-at white head. Aroma is undoubtely Centennial, filled with citrus, grapes, tropical fruits, caramel, icing sugar, grass. Body is medium to full, a classic Brewdog malt taste you could feel also in 5 A.M. Saint, just doubled in strength. This is heaven and hell, since you could get bored from this mark. Soft carbonation, good. Great white grapes and grapefruit contribution, caramel is heavy but not overrides everything. Finish is dry, among pink grapefruit and resin. Really dry, last long and satisfies palate. Well, in my opinion there are many better european DIPA than that (some examples: Djævlebryg OriginAle, Nogne #100, Haandbryggeriet Fyr or Flamme), but, in reference to massive-distribution or big names, Hardcore IPA is the european answer to Great Divide Hercules or Founders Double Trouble. And is a good answer indeed.
yiannnos (1217) - , CYPRUS - MAY 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep copper colour. Aroma of piney and citrus hops. Taste is malty, hoppy and somewhat bitter.