MikeKeller (722) - Kemi, FINLAND - MAR 11, 2011
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. Dark copper colour and off-white head. Very nice hoppy aroma. Dry taste is moderately bitter from the hops. Watery mouthfeel. Not bad for low alcohol.
bluejacket74 (1177) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
330 ml bottle, batch 189, best before 7/21/2011. Not sure how fresh this is, but Iíll drink it anyway. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear reddish/amber color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is grassy and a bit of citrusy (grapefruit) hops, and some bready malt. Unfortunately the taste isnít as nice as the aroma. It tastes like bitter grassy hops, but not much else. The bitterness isnít exactly nice, but for a beer that has just 0.5% ABV, at least it does have some taste to it. Moutheel/body is light/medium, itís a little bit slick and has good carbonation. Drinkability is OK, itís not hard to drink at all. It was nice to try this brew, and would try it again if I had a chance to.
Zoney (144) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 20, 2011
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle batch 283. Pours amber with a large head. Very nice aroma, the Amarillo really comes out good. Wonderfull hoppy light (in alchohol) beer. Thanks brewdog! :)
Geokkjer (5221) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 18, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle.Pours deep amber with a small off-white head.Aroma of peach, citrus, grapefruit, floral hops and malt.Flavor is sweet and bitter with a watery mouthfeel.Average carbonation.Nice hoppy low alc.
rickgordon (3841) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2011
1.9 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Dark copper colour with creamy beige head. The smell reminds me of the thermal baths in Budapest, the sulphur aroma is incredible. Mouthfeel is lively and milky and the beer is dry from start to finish. There is an initial chocolate touch that vanishes quickly. Early bitterness that lasts long. Very light bodied.
bergstaden (967) - RÝros, NORWAY - FEB 9, 2011
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
amber with small white head - aroma is hops - taste is weak malt and a lot of hop bitterness - long hoppy finish - ok, but a little to much hop dominated, lacks malt balance
obguthr (3384) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tea and orange peel nose. Crystal clear auburn, thick yellow head. Dry and bodiless. Well hopped, dominated by black tea and pine, with a greener grass and clover finish. Very dynamic for an NA. This would be my go-to beer, without question, during those times that I canít have alcohol. Unfortunately, it is hard to find.
FatPhil (8349) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 5, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
330ml bottle (Utobeer, London)
7 Lovely hoppy aroma, fruity and crisp.
3 Clear reddy orange, small head
6- Fairly simple hop-oriented taste, barky bitterness, some sweet fleshy fruits, some flap-jacky malts.
3- Thin and watery, palate, crisp carbonation (how can they get that without force carbonating, Iím sure 0.5% isnít enough fermentation to get much CO2 into the beer?) Finish is a bit metallic, some iron definitely, spoiling the show. Possibly because of the levels of hopping, the hoppy finish is a bit muddled. 5 characterful hop varieties do _not_ make a beer 5 times characterful, if anything you end up with something that has less character. (C.f. íeverything louder than everything elseí.)
10 Before opening, because I abhor the media-whoring BrewDog do, I wanted to hate this. On pouring, and smelling the hoppy vapours I changed my mind and I wanted to like this. Alas on tasting it couldnít deliver what the aroma promised, so was a little disappointed. I suspect Iíve been a little generous with the points,in truth. I doubt that any other brewer could make a 0.5% beer any better, but itís still short of being actually a good beer.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours out in a sligtly hazy amber colour with a rich fluffy off-white head. Pleasant fruity and resinous hop aroma of pine. Light-bodied with plenty of bitter and aromatic hops; resin, grapefruit and wet grass. Watery body of course. Resinous and citric medium-bitter finish. Probably the best low alco out there.
daje (1799) - NORWAY - JAN 30, 2011
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Iron brown with foamy tanned head. Looks good!
Pretty hoppy aroma, grassy, too bad the taste doesnít do the aroma justice.
For a low alcohol beer itís a very good one. Compared to real beers from Brewdog, iíll pass.