ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz can into a pint glass.
A: Pours a hazy copper color. The head is pretty tall, thanks to an aggressive pour - about two fingers high and off-white in shading. It fades at a moderate rate, and leaves behind small rings of lacing on the glass.
S: The aroma is absurdly biscuity. I also pick up some floral, piny hops behind it, but wow, this has one of the strongest bread-like components Iíve ever encountered in an IPA. No citrusy notes here, sadly; considering Columbus hops donít give off much of a citrus aroma, thatís not really surprising.
T: Biscuit notes trail down into the flavor profile, and cluster near the opening. Hops last throughout the flavor profile, and are very floral in nature, perhaps even nectar-esque. Finishing bitterness is mild, balanced well by the malt backbone. I have to say, it grows on me the more I drink it.
M: The body is just a shade under medium. A clean, dry finish helps to scrub off any excess resin, but it will still linger slightly as more is consumed. Carbonation is about right, maybe 5% too low.
O: Very well made, but not my style of IPA. I prefer the lighter-colored, citrusy versions over the coppery, crystal-malt-and-pine ones. Itís still a good IPA, especially if youíre into the latter.
Beese (1651) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Gravity at GBBF 2014. Poured a hazy dark gold, with a rocky white head. Aroma of candy sugar, peal and straw. Bitter hop resin flavours, with some grapefruit and malt sweetness in the background. Finish was dry grain, bitter hop and golden syrup.
Theydon_Bois (8276) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gravity dispense at GBBF í14, day 1, 12/08/14.
Clear amber/dark orange with moderate lght beige covering.
Nose is juicy hops, caramel malt, spice, pine jacket, orange pith, light mineral ntoes.
Taste comprises bitter grapefruit, good level of pine, citric rinds, straw.
Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, semi drying close.
Decent enough IPA, would imagine better via keg!
Bacterial (1520) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly hazy amber pour. White head. A little biscuit cracker going on. Malty hoppy. Bitter finish.
BVery (6096) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Can. Slightly hazy light orange pour. About 6 weeks from canning, but it seems like itís really fallen off. Muted hops and Cheerios coming across. Grainy. Meh.
Benzai (8127) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled @ GBBF. Cask. Clear orange color, virtually no head. aroma is lightly malts, lightly hoppy. Taste lightly malts, nicely hoppy, fruit hops, tropical fruits, decently bitter. Decent body and carbonation. Nice one.
evergreen0199 (2004) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Great British Beer Festival 2014, Olympia, London. A dark amber coloured pour with a medium white head on top. Hoppy, pine, tropical fruit aroma. Tastes similar, hoppy, pine, tropical fruit, bitter/sweet. Nice IPA.
Niall73 (1682) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gravity cask at GBBF 2014, 12/08/14. Pours darkish amber with a thin white head. Orange, caramel aroma, lemon too. Medium body, light carbonation. Orange, rye, woody resin, pine, lemon, grapefruit.. Good balance and tasty.
harrisoni (13596) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
At GBBF 2014. Clear amber. Hugely fruity grapefruit ipa. Not great condition but pink grapefruit is good.
Ferris (3887) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 12, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask - Orange and grapefruit with caramel. Copper with no head. Bitter resin and some orange. Long finish.
mR_fr0g (2921) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at the 2014 GBBF. Aroma is berry, raisin, some hot alcohol, caramel. Flavour is berry hedgerow and pine hop, biscuity, light smoke malt. Assertive bitterness. Palate is fairly chewy hop resin, moderate carbonation. Interesting beer.