Frenger (367) - Derby, Alabama, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Brewdog.com. The first time I had this, I was utterly confused and horrified. After a while though, I grew to quite like, I think if the base was hardcore it could have been pretty special.
reebtogi (4183) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a finger of white head that leaves a few spots of lacing on the glass. Aroma is mild pine and hints of oak and whiskey. Taste is malty sweet with some piney hop bitterness as well as some oak and whiskey. Does not quite taste like a traditional IPA, but who cares, this is quite a tasty beer.
TheRealMGD (551) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Whole Foods. Cloudy gold pour with a neglible white head leaving no lace. Nose is ripe fruit and peat. Medium body with light carbonation. Smoked peat, apple, pear, tobacco, walnuts and oak. Finish is lighter, shortish, smoky, bitter and umami. This is the ale that YBís Rex Attitude would be if it were more balanced. A scotch ale for those who donít really drink scotch. I like it, but itís not an IPA by any stretch.
Spookgolds (241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2012
1.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Bottle from iron abbey beer dinner. This was advertised as "hard to get" but I donít understand why. The aroma has some spice notes, but it reminds me of a watered down whiskey. This is not good. As a side note, the word I was looking to describe this was creosote.
Smurf2055 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 13, 2012
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Poured into Delirium Tulip. Didnít see the expiration date, so a couple months past prime. No head to speak of. Some small lacing. The smell is like straight scotch whiskey. The whiskey balances the hops, and leaves a funky yet watery smell. I donít get this beer at all lol.
jstraw (1922) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle says "Best Before 02/10". Oops / No head / Big, dramatic, nose of scotch and wood / Medium body, mellow with no carbonation, malty and fruity but astringent, with dry, bitter, finish / Flavors of scotch barrel, smoke, peat, and apple cider / A contrary view - very odd, but I enjoyed it. I would not expect an ipa to age well, but this one did. BrewDog is never dull. If you are the type that has a difficult time explaining to friends why "manure" is a desirable flavor in beer, this might be worth checking out.
Ernest (6221) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2011
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle (rated sometime in 2008).
Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium yellow.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), trace hops (flowers), with strong notes of creosote, ash, smoke.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, unclean.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Little more than liquid ashes.
Matts_Property (831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle split with mcberko. Pours a hazy orange with no head at all. Aroma of perfume, smoke, peat, whiskey and charred wood. Flavour of ashtray, dominated by an odd, lingering smoke flavour and light whiskey notes. No typical IPA characteristics present. Should be a smoked ale or something. Smokey flavours leave a dry mouthfeel. Similar to morning-after heavy night smoking. Not pleasant.
Heathen (1463) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 28, 2011
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
THOUGHTS: Ambitious, but I donít think it worked. It was sort of like watery whiskey. Might have been a little skunked. Itís either that or this was a really bad beer. I didnít really get much of the hops. They were there but not as much as necessary for a good IPA. This was really the wrong treatment for this beer style. Iím glad they retired this one.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a medium, pale, hazy, brownish amber that looked a little like dirty water. It might even be called peach. It had a very small, almost soapy looking head that was too small to determine what color it was. The head completely diminished but somehow left fair to good lacing. The aroma had light hops that showed hints of tropical fruit; moderate to heavy dusty and slightly musty yeast; cask wood, smoke and whiskey. The initial flavor was lightly sweet; while the finish was moderately sweet and slightly bitter with a fairly long duration. There was tropical fruitiness of hops, watery whiskey, a lot of wood, some smoke and then some hop bitterness from tropical fruit and berries along with a little metallic hops. The light to medium body was dry with soft carbonation and a lightly metallic and slightly alcoholic finish.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 24, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, half off from Samís. Pours weird orange, slightly pinkish gray, hazy and without any head. Nose of heather, peat, and British hops. Weird. Taste is also super scotchy. So weird itís hard not to keep trying. Like scotch, though, itís borderline offensive at first but gets progressively tastier.