Rastacouere (6135) - Montreal, Quebec, - JAN 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A gentle haze punctuate this straight golden ale which develops a towering frothy, dense white foam. Resinous and fairly green, herbal nose delves into the spicy, bready yeastiness to raise up a chivey, accentuated spicy profile. Not as fresh as I should have drank it, but I can see how the mostly faded dry-hopping must have been strongly flowery and resinous earlier on. At this mature stage (probably closing on 1-yr old), the yeast is fairly present though fortunately not stealing the show from the hops and the malt remains just gently cerealic and on the pale, bready side of the spectrum. This makes for a straightforward oiffering that does not necessarily strive for balance, but rather focuses on hops and I can see how enjoyable that must be for variety’s sake in Belgium. Fairly dry, yet convincingly warm and bold for a 6% offering, offering a relatively dense texture presumably thanks to the non-filtration and smallish, tighter than average bubbles. Hop-forward indeed despite having several months under its belt (BB Apr. 2014). Pretty good, though at this stage, it’s stronger on bitterness than aromas.
guiroul33 (94) - Bordeaux, FRANCE - NOV 21, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 33cl from Malting Pot @ home.
A perfectly balanced IPA, with a lot of aromas. Probably my favorite IPA. Wonderful.
Hermod (3413) - Vantaa, FINLAND - NOV 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle, bbe Juni 2015. Murky light brown, thick off white head. Spicy, floral aroma, hoppy with some medicine notes. Flavor has floral notes grapefruit, yeast, spices. Long bitter finish. Awesome.
suurjuust (1143) - ESTONIA - NOV 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky amber yellow, big frothy white head. Nose is malt, hay notes, grapefruit. Starts peachy and malt, some mild caramel sweetness, some biscuity tones, ends herbal-grapefruity bitter. Not bad at all.
hackobock (1558) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
October 4, 2014. Bottle at home, best before march 2015. Hazy orange/golden with a large white head. Aroma is floral, fresh cut grass, light citrus. Taste is light sweet biscuit, light fruity and medium bitter. Finish is light to medium bitter with floral notes. Light to medium bodied, a bit thin in the finish.
florent.janssens (26) - - NOV 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bonne odeur de houblon. Goût houblonné et asser fraîche en bouche. Arrière goût de houblon qui reste longtemps. IPA classique
Ulysse (81) - Brussels, BELGIUM - NOV 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fruity spicy hop aroma. Strong hop aroma. First mouthful rather bitter. A typical IPA.
Leighton (11616) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Moeder Lambic Fontainas - Brussels. Pours clear yellow-gold with a big, fluffy white head. Nice airy hops, some pithy citrus fruits, dried wheat, lemon zest. Medium sweet flavor with lively citrusy hop character, some grassy bitterness, pine. Medium bodied, fluffy, with average carbonation. Nicely balanced pn the finish, with pale bread sweetness, some white grape, pine needles, hay, rindy lemon, pithy grapefruit. Quite impressive.
HugoNeto (23) - BRAZIL - NOV 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
This IPA features more hops in the aroma than in the taste, expected by dry hopping in the process. Light, citrus and with a persistent foam.
timmwillum (77) - BELGIUM - OCT 29, 2014
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
De Dochters bud på en IPA. Klassisk IPA og bestemt ikke det bedste dette top-bryggeri. Lidt skuffet.
Klassisk mørk gylden farve med halvtyndt blivende skum. Næsen tydelig humle med en anelse fersken. Starter lidt neutralt og slutter med kraftig bitter humle. Ikke meget kulsyre, men heller ikke flad.
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superspak (2769) - Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22.4 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 2/2016. Pours slightly hazy bright golden color with a 2-3 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange peel, peach, citrus rind, pine, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, cracker, bread, light honey, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright citrus/pine hops, spicy yeast, and light-moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange peel, peach, citrus rind, pine, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, cracker, bread, light honey, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy bitterness/yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange peel, peach, citrus rind, pine, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of bright citrus/pine hops, spicy yeast, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a nice crisp hop/yeast/malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian IPA. All around great complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops, spicy yeast, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.