leaparsons (7129) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Golden with a persistent foam. Aromas are tropical fruit with spices and oranges and lemons. Herbal with woody, green pine and brown sugar. Flavours are sweet tropical fruit with bitter lemon and orange rind. Herbal pine with pithy, bitter grapefruit. A hoppy Christmas. Good.
markas101 (1677) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cl bottle, Paris, France via Marché d’Aligre. Dark gold, very little head. Sweet caramel and sugar aroma, resin and herbs. Powerful flavour, sweet with a balancing hop burst of spruce and more resin. Long alcohol infused finish.
danlo (392) - Durham, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Pours an orange amber colour with a foamy white head. Fruity orange, grapefruit, mango resin hop aroma. Sharp hoppy bitterness, orangey, pine & grapefruit notes, with some residual sweetness. Medium bodied, dry bitter finish. Quite drinkable IPA
mjs (3665) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle, 0.33 l - batch 320, from Alko, 20121221) The beer poured amber and clear. Its head was medium sized abd white. Aroma had fruitiness, peach and malts. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were fruitiness, peach, malts, pine, sweetness and bitterness. Afertaste was hoppy and bitter. A tasy and clean beer but a bit too sweet.
tommann (2029) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle. Pours a hazy dark orange with a small, frothy head. Aroma is mango puree. Taste has some papaya to start. Medium bitter, pineapple and mango finish.
zimbo (334) - SCOTLAND - DEC 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Juniper & holly nose. One and half inch of white head. Clear clean orange amber sparkle. Slightly on the carbonic side with a rather hollow and quite quick middle followed by how it started. Not bad but maybe a tad simpler than it should be.
Marstonlad (191) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear bronze with a little white head. Aroma of grass, citrus and strong tropical fruitiness. Taste is quite bitter; the flavour of fruits and citrus dominates. Palate is medium bodied and very drinkable - refreshing. This is not a brutally hopped beer but more balanced and very fruity.
ReV2 (52) - Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at BrewDog, Edinburgh. Massive hops, citrus fruit with herbs. Long lasting aftertaste, served too cold on a December night.
Not much in the way of nutmeg or cinnamon or other flavours associated with Christmas beers, just a rather good IPA in the now classic BrewDog style.
ciaranc (388) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep amber tinted gold, nice white head. Pine, resin, grape, fruit nose. Flavour follows the nose. Crazy bitterness, offset by smooth fruit malt. Soft carbonation, lovely long finish. Excellent.
Archibaldo de la Cruz (1087) - FINLAND - DEC 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Amber color with a small off-white head. Fruity aroma with notes of orange, grapefruit and malt. Flavor is orange, grapefruit, pineapple and sweet caramel malt. Medium body, some bitterness in the finish. Quite good, sweet and fruity ipa.