ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Momar42 for the can! 12 oz can poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass.
A: Pours a hazy golden copper color with a lot of sediment floating around. The head is a two finger white color. I love its thick texture, and how it leaves impressive lacing down the glass as it recedes.
S: Right off the bat, the nose is slammed with tons of grapefruit, mango, lychee, papaya, and guava. It’s a bit catty as well, but the Simcoe hops used here give of an excellent tropical vibe. As it sits in the glass, the malt profile comes through more strongly, with notes of biscuit and caramel.
T: A moderate level of tropical fruit flavors appear on the palate initially. This is soon replaced by a midtaste and finish comprised of grapefruit peel, herbs, biscuit, and caramel maltiness. Simcoe comes across as a very ’sweet’ hop to me, but these guys have done a great job extracting all the nuances out of the hops without any bitterness. I really like the hop complexity here. My only complaint is that it’s a hair too sweet for me.
M: A bit on the heavy side for my tastes. Personally, I prefer a drier, lighter IPA (see: Troegs Perpetual IPA), but the wet finish manages to be lush rather than slimy. Some hop resins linger quite well without providing any bitterness. Personal preferences aside, this is how you execute the mouthfeel of a sweet IPA, plain and simple.
O: Damn this is really good. Despite all my nitpicks, I’m really loving this one. A fantastic choice for those who want an IPA without any unpleasant bitterness.
Madsen1635 (198) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Hazy amber pour with white head. Nice aroma with lots of peach. Taste is very balanced. Lots of complexity
hallinghansen (1870) - Odense S, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flight at the brewery. Cloudy yellow body with a medium offwhite head. Light malty, hops, grass, pine, grapefruit, lemon,peach, pineapple. So fresh and delicious.
Howlader (660) - - JUL 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served in a 4oz taster at Churchkey in Washington DC. SAVOR 2012 takeover event.
demmbonz (482) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared can. Golden yellow. Frothy head. Floral aroma. Juicy hop flavor. Delicious IPA.
hman43 (292) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JUL 11, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It pours golden with a full white head. The aroma has hops, caramel, grapefruit, orange peel. The taste starts with a caramel kick with citrus flavors, and other hops. There are strong floral elements as well. It has got a bitter kick on the palate as well. Excellent IPA all the way around.
doctordd8 (2) - Louisburg, Kansas, USA - JUL 10, 2014 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of citrus. Nice appearace . Light orange. Fast is of pine and citrus. No bitterness. Overall in my top 10 IPAs.
Weezel (163) - Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a cloudy gold and copper. Tropical hop aromas of mangos, tangerines and some wet pine in the background. Taste is more tropical up front with some sweet malt background. Great example of what citrusy and tropical hops do to an IPA.
tmoreau (2287) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cellared, competition 750 ml. bottle, shared & poured to snifters, showing a hazed, amber hue, with a presentable layer of off white head foam, and waves & spots of lacing. Expected and found the nose to express a kind of Barleywine scent, with malty sweetness, and a quite diminished presence of fruit & citrus. The taste, on the other hand, was bolder, with a pronounced & lingering hop bitterness, surviving fruit with some tropical flavor, alcohol warmth, and some finishing dryness. May have lost the aroma, but otherwise aged gracefully, although I shouldn’t have put the bottle through it.
VastActiv (2542) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUL 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can from Oluttupa Viisi Penniä, Helsinki. Colour is cloudy orange with small white head. Aromas and flavors: Tropical fruits, pine, hints of grape, sweetness, hops and malts.
Rune (7760) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUL 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
355ml can, trade with djoeye. Hazy apricot coloured body. Remaining off-white head, fair amount of lacing down the glass. Peach, grass, and pine to the nose. Taste of pine needles and grassy hops together with a touch of dried fruits. Solid dry bitter end. Well bodied, soft in the mouth. Standard American IPA, more or less. (shared with Finn, Tromsø 25.06.2014).