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 (3170) - 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 (7557) - 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 (4020) - 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.
rauchbier (3395) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled, from Asda. Gold, thin but lasting white head and moderate condition. Excellent hop resin aromas, with hints of grapefruit, caramel and possibly some cow dung (but in a nice way). Good solid blend of nutty malt and peppery hop resin in the mouth and a long lingering sweet hoppiness and retronasal raw barley malt in the finish. This beer deserves a more discerning audience than the chavs who shop in my local Asda.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - MAR 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear amber appearance, excellent head formation. Piney citrus aroma, spicey lemon and grapefruit. Spicy, woody, dry but fruity hop palate, fairly light in body. Good level of complexity.