Labove (426) - Rome, ITALY - JUN 24, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
L’apoteosi del luippolo portata all’estremo, un nettare divino, grande varietà e complessità di luppoli senza la stoppa del caramello.
Bov (8805) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 4, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
draught@Mikkeller&Friends, København - hazy dark orange beer with a little white foam left; hoppy aroma of grapefruit and peaches; a good malt backbone, dry and lightly astringent, juicy and solidly bitter; aftertaste of bitter oranges, hints of spices and tons of hops - balance and character, great stuff!
harrisoni (12068) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Euston Tap. Very excited at seeing this. Resiny piney hop aroma. Fullish in mouth. Good toffee swtness balances the bitter hops. An extremely well poised double ipa. Good beer.
Anvil99 (12) - - MAY 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really hoppy DIPA with long bitterness and fresh fruity aromas. Buxton have made it again!
RichTheVillan (1627) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; murky brown pour with big foam white knew I should have let bottle settle after car journey, super fresh hop aroma, taste for me is big American hops with well balanced malt some sweet caramel a slight hint of pepper, bitter and the alcohol is definitely present. Very good English take on an American DIPA.
johninmelb (1116) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Epic hop nose - tons of burnt orange peel, spicy spruce notes, fresh mango and kiwi. Pours a cloudy, muddy brown. Flavour follows the nose with HUGE hoppy characters - lemon juice, pine resin, fresh sage and papaya. Finish is strongly bitter with underpinning candy notes from the hops - some lemonadey notes around the edges and a long, strong, lingering spice glow. Awesome.
superflyguy (419) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pretty good stuff (as usual!)
like an amped up Axe Edge, more fruit, more bitterness, more hazy.
still not convinced by the name, despite WSR being a great route. still i suppose it’s pushing the boundries of naming conventions, at least it shows more thought than a list of hops!
Fin (6637) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Bacchanalia, Cambridge, Friday 22nd February 2013 consumed at home Tuesday 26th Feb 2013 Hazy murky brown with quite a bit of sediment that has settled at the bottom, head is off white and departs the scene quickly. Good aroma and a beer with plenty of body As per description this is very piney, initially quite sweet with an almost chewy fruity tangy fulsome flavour, bit citrussy and then finishes dry. Very impressive beer, clacky bitterness good really good. A8 A3 T9 P4 Ov17 4.1
dantheman278 (1358) - SCOTLAND - FEB 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home, very generously given to me by Denis before the embargo! Promised not to post this until the 16th though... So here goes. Murky dark orange pour (though I think that’s my fault - should’ve chilled it for longer) with a thick frothy white head that leaves lots of lacing. Huge lychee, pineapple, toffee apple, pine, soft grapefruit nose - 100% US DIPA flavours, but super fresh. Lovely rich sweet malty front, but not cloyingly so - really thick and juicy. Lots of resinous hop flavours, and a big hop hit on the finish - resinous grapefruit, a slight minerality and pine notes. It’s maybe a tiny bit too sweet for me, but not disastrously so - a very well made DIPA.
Leighton (8675) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Keg at the Euston Tap, London. Pours hazy, deep gold with a lasting, creamy white head. Lots of sugary, ripening citrus fruits in the nose, some pine needles. Medium to big sweet with some lightly toasty pale malts, melon, grapefruit, pineapple, light dry orange, sand, some alcohol, ripe and sugary peach, cotton candy. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Fairly warming to finish, quite sticky and resinous, with lots of overripe, juicy feuits, lots of citrus, melon and peach, light caramel. Hints of toasty sugar, a good dose of bread. This is a hefty DIPA, and certainly not ’West Coast’ in style, but it is quite tasty and, despite its heft, reasonably well balanced.