DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Cask in the rake. Alround rating: Massivly fruity nose, mandarin, mango, peach, roasty caramel sweetness, then the hugest bittering hop rush youíve ever seen. My tongue is still tingling after ah hour!
rabidbarfly (62) - London, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
In The Rakeís cellar right now, donít ask for a cellar run! Heathery Hops on the nose with some lychee, initial smoothness on the tongue followed by the extreme hoppy bitterness. THIS IS NOT A MILD ALE! 3.5% abv, beautiful reddish amber look and an awesome beer all round.
Ethereal (2399) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 2, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2009 Cask at the Rake, 9th June 09. 198 IBUs and you know it. The nose is all fresh hops. Taste is even more so. Scorchingly bitter, it feels like you are getting tongue cancer, or being cured of it, and to be frank, you donít care which! In a previous age, this would have been sold as a cure-all patent medicine. It really does wow you. Rich coppery brown colour. Endless aftertaste, just more and more hoppy bitterness. The initial taste is likely eating fresh hops or even some high quality weed! A hop loverís dream at a strength you can enjoy for hours - if you donít mind your palate being annihilated!
MesandSim (7121) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2009 A Mes rate: Gravicask cellar run at the Rake thanks to Tom.
Awesome chestnut brown colour with a short lived bubbly white head. Amazing bright assertive hoppage in the aroma. Full of citrus and grassy stuff. So much so, it brings on my hayfever. Fantastic underlying blend of pale and chocolate malt character too. Flavour... shit the bed. This stuff is amazing. The dark coffee malt character comes through really well and it fights with the insane hops for top place. Itís a really good fight. Kinda like watching Abby Clancy mud wrestle with Emma Pierson. Itís a thing of both beauty and extreme, violent excellence. The finish is epic. Rarely do coffee and hops come together quite so well. The aftertaste just goes on and on. Big stinging hops, glorious fresh peaty earth, tangerine, dry roasted
beans and burnt toast. Christ on a big sodding bike, itís a belter. Itís kinda like a Bodacious Black and Tan Lite. But itís more than that. A top drawer beer there is no doubt. And all this from a scoop thatís 3.5%! Brewdog, I love you.
thewolf (10535) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Grand Tasting @ The Harlequin, Sheffield.
Pours clear deep golden with a nice, creamy, off-white head. Aroma is sooo hoppy, lots of pine, grassy hops, light pineapple, apricot. Low carbonation, super dry mouthfeel - not thin at all! Super hoppy flavour, very bitter, piney and fruity. The malts are not far behind with some biscuity crispness. Wonderful.
Had it a few days later in Edinburgh, still brilliant. One of the singlemost brilliant session-beers in the world!
Jeppe (2631) - ōlbutikken, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Freakiní awesome! Totally over-kill hops, but in a cool and extravagant way. I love when things are taken to the extreme and it sure is here. You donít expect to be hop-burning for hours from a 3,5% brew, but this one sure makes your mouth sore. Well done BrewDog, to me the no. 1 of the Ultralights!
bierkoning (9554) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUL 24, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ RBESG 2009 Grand Tasting. Light amber color. Grapefruit, red berries, cherry sweets and oily hops in the abundant aroma. Flowery and earthy hops banging in in the flavor. Loads and loads of flavor and aroma for such a modest ABV. Maybe a bit thin, but a brilliant beer.
harrisoni (12068) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle from the brewery online shop. Which I have to admit is very good just ordering beer and it turns up a couple of days later. Orangey red colour with thin beige head. Clearly very hoppy on the aroma. Some pretty good Simcoe like aromas. Itís not too unbalanced in the mouth with some pretty good toffeeish malts. So often you get beers that have way too many hops and not enough backbone to carry it off, but this one does. Then the finish is incredibly bitter and this very sherberty hop finish. The finish goes on and on and on and on and on..... a bit like the never ending test match in South Africa. Wow that really is quite toffeeish, with then some nuts and then very very bitter. Reminds me of something like Great Divide Hercules, but I can still stand up afterwards. Very resiny on the finish. Really rather amazing. I like DruncanVasseyís idea of doing a half and half with a Hardcore IPA, that would be some blend.
leaparsons (7493) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask, Newark Fest 09. Copper with a small off-white head. Aromas are nutty initially then very, very hoppy with woody green resinous pine. Some lemon and grapefruit. Flavours are traces of chocolate malts with some herbal notes. Floral with biscuit and toffee. Very, very bitter. Tastes way paste its strength. Bitter, resinous grapefruit on the finish. The best session beer ever made?
Borresteijn (4138) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 23, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
RBESG Sheffield 2009 Grand Tasting at the Harlequin. Clear amber colour, creamy white head. Aroma of loads of citrus, pine, grapefruit, caramel. Flavour is malty, grapefruit, wood, firm hoppy citrus and grapefruit bitter finish. Amazing beer, so many flavours and fullbodied for such a low ABV beer. Wish I could have this all the time..