Holmen1 (4612) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUL 26, 2015
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Flaske fra Systembolaget Vasagatan Stockholm, delt med Einar: det hjelper ikke med en fancy etikettdesign, dette er en heller kjedelig engelsk bitter uten sjarme eller særpreg. Litt gress og malt, men ikke mye. Særdeles kort ettersmak.
bursprak (2257) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2015
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. Light golden pour with a frothy head. Notes of sweat, plastic, some burnt rubber, grains and grass.
RuneStumo (2526) - Haugesund, NORWAY - MAY 25, 2015
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
25.05.2015. 0,33l Bottle. Systembolaget Strömstad. Golden yellow colour with white head. Unclear. Bitter with ripe apples. Aroma of apples and cabbage. Bitter . Medium body. Aftertaste is apples with a sligthly sour note.
zvikar (4121) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - MAY 9, 2015
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel Florentin. Pours yellow to brown with a small head, aroma of marmalade, toffee, caramel, flavor is bitter with bread, slightly acidic, light bodied.
mariuszek (965) - Gdynia, POLAND - APR 28, 2015
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Golden color, quickly falling down frothy head. Unbalanced aroma of herbs, tea, hay and lemon. Strange herbal, hay taste, medium carbonation. Not good at all.
Foffern (1617) - Bodø, NORWAY - APR 1, 2015
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle at home. Pours a slightly hazy, dark orange color with an off-white head. Has a fruity and sweet aroma with apricot, bread, dried fruit and sweet candy. The flavor is pretty tame and feels a bit unbalanced with a strange bitterness in the end. Pale malt and hay dominates and there’s a slightly sour touch. Has a slick and light mouth feel, and a light bitterness. A sweet ale but has light and weird flavor.
Lamadjuret (2) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 18, 2015 does not count
0.6 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
For fuck’s sake...
Found the bottle at Systembolaget, stupidly fell for the nonsensical text on the bottle and decided to try it. Missed the part where it says Spendrups is making this - a brewery I think it would be complementary to call mediocre.
It’s disappointing from the get-go: Looks like the corporate piss it turned out to be right away, with that cheap lager look and a head so rapidly dissipating you’ll miss it if you blink. Not promising, but judge not a book by its cover. Judge it by its smell.
...Which isn’t particularly good either. It has a skunky, metallic taste. If brewers want to make their bottles beer taste "just like draught" they could take a page of Brutal Brewing’s/Spendrups’s book - Hale of Nothing has the distinct smell and look of a shit lager served from the filthy, uncleaned draught lines of the licensed pizzeria or "kvarterskrog" where the local alcoholics go to kick back a few pints every afternoon.
And the taste to boot as well - metallic, weak taste with weak carbonation and a notable lack of anything resembling hoppy or malty flavours. It even provokes the nasty mouthfeel one of the cheap lagers give you.
All in all, the "pale ale" promise turns out to be false advertising - there plenty of mass-market ales and even lagers that pack more flavour. This beer is borderline fraudulent, and an excellent lesson about the "crafty beers" created by big producers. No thanks.
Alengrin (4212) - BELGIUM - MAR 13, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2015 Organic pale ale from Sweden. Medium, egg-white, slightly lacing and reasonably stable head, leaving a steady rim around the edges; pure and warm, clear ’old gold’ colour with low sparkling - this looks more like a pale lager than like a pale ale. Somewhat skunky aroma (lightstruck hops) so, even if this comes from a brown bottle, this must have been exposed to light for a long time; other impressions I get are toasted bread, sweaty and sourish grains, a suggestive hint of dried orange peel but not to the extent where it suggests to actually having been used, flour, weeds, cigarette tobacco, iron. Minerally onset, dryish, sourish grains as in a cheap pale lager, some subdued bready malt sweetness underlying this, very low fruitiness though a faint suggestion of dried fruits is there, lightly nutty, somewhat metallic, with grassy and leafy, ’low’ hop bitterness setting in rather quickly and leading to a drying, relatively long, bitter finish, not unlike an English bitter - or indeed pale ale; lightly honeyish and nutty malt sweetishness lingers as well. Lacks body and character in the malts department to be a credible pale ale, though. Quenching and acceptable alright, but I can’t help feeling I am actually tasting some more-than-averagely-hopped lager. Not too good for this style, not really bad in isolation of style. Don’t know what to think of this one... In any case: big thanks again to Sabine for buying me this in a Systembolaget in Sweden!
Jorn69 (2547) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2015
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
@ Röhällavägen 150215. Bottle (330 ml) from Systembolaget. Fruity with grassy and light hoppy notes, light to medium body with an oily texture. The finish is dry and fruity with light hoppy notes. Boring.
Gaultier (1365) - SWEDEN - JAN 31, 2015
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
@ Agards väg 31/1-15. Bottle from Systembolaget. Malty with notes of hay and corn/cooked vegetables, also some metal and light notes of hops. Body is medium, the finish is dry and medium bitter.