MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Piney and citrusy hops walk out of the bottle to cuddle. A muddy ground creates a pillowy perfume.
An ubersoft mouthfeel offers piney earth covered in peaches, oranges and scant grapefruit. Dry wood lies nearby in a competent malt body. Although most flavors are from the hops and yeast, this is never too overwhelming and always pleasant.
Driving windows open into the forest.
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - APR 25, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Asda, Toryglen, Glasgow (not all asdas in Scotland carry this). God its good stuff. Golden copper colour. Huge aroma of american style hops, with citrus and peach notes. Good mouthfeel and condition. Long bitter complex hoppy finish. As we can’t get many good american beers over here Asda should make a point of continuing this - its nearly always sold out.
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - APR 22, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2005 slightly citrus hoppy nose. lively mouthfeel. bitter hopped finish. good stuff.
NEBS (7) - Sunderland, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2005 does not count
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Certainly not as bitter as normal IPA’s but a classic in the making. The rich aroma leads into a smooth hoppy mouthfeel with hints of malt. Thankfully the heavy bitterness that often spoils this style of beer is missing and the beer remains first class throughout.
hezron (606) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - APR 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured an amber color with a good size white head which lasted. Interesting aroma of a smokey floral pine with some herbs. If that makes any sense at all. I also noticed some papery-skunk. Flavor is a smokey, pine and charcoal flavor with a bitter finish. The flavor really grew on me, I like it. Nice creamy texture with a metallic finish. Very fun to try from the bottle a traveling friend brought me.
DanielBrown (3488) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Asda. Mustard gold, with a big white head. Great US aroma of oiley resin hops. Different flavour than expected; burnt, slightly smoked hops, plus some crusty citrus mixed into a murky mush. Refreshingly dry. Not enough hops, and a bit too much malt which sneaks towards choc at one point. Nice, interesting, but not the APA I was after.
duff (5484) - Lund, SWEDEN - APR 6, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. The really interesting thing about this beer was the aroma. Some wild farmyard stench and aromatic hops. As soon as it touched my tongue it was a bit dissapointing. It was malty and sweeter than i expected., with a light hit of those amarillo hops in the finish. Theres a bit of pine/lychee/citrus, but not as much as i like, nor even enough for the style. I found it a bit sweet at times and almost void of any interesting flavours, which is weird, coz everyone seems to think this is a winner. I was really dissapointed.
JayBaxter (408) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice coloured beer but not hoppy enough for me ( sooner have a Sierra Nevada or Hop Devil ) but on its own a nice drinkable beer.
Picked this and a....get this.....Duvel gift pack ! ! ! up from Asda. Yup rauchbier worthy of us, not the usual tracky wearing Asda dobbers.
maeib (8051) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Copper coloured beer with a thin white head to start with. The aroma is slightly hoppy but not as much as expected. In addition there is a smokiness which carries on into the flavour. It is a pleasant smokiness but one which detracts from the amarillo hops which should be much smoother. I am not getting any of the citric qualities I was hoping for. A drinkable beer but one which unfortunately failed to live up to the hype of being RateBeer’s current English cult beer and at the same time my 1000th rating.
RichardGretton (4111) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Nice looking dark amber beer with a smooth fruity and hopped aroma. The flavour is slightly caramel, smokey, dry and fruity. Overall a good complex beer.