Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep translucent orange to red brown pour with big fluffy cream colored head. Sticky lacing leaves distinct rings around the glass with each sip. Caramelly roasty malts are very forward along with a rich resinous hop character. Both richly sweet and piercingly hoppy aroma at the same time. Underlying hints of raisin and vanilla add more complexity. Initial sip is incredibly bitter, somewhat astringently so. Flavor is very piney masking the complex malts that I sensed in the nose. This is pretty straight forward and is a bit of a dissapointment after the excitment of the initial aromas. Finish is kind of soapy leaving an oily finish on the tongue, again very piney. As the palate adjusts the malts make a soft but noticable presence, still very occluded by the strong piney hops... did I use piney enough in this rating?
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 18, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 ml bottle, many thanks to sloth! Pours a mostly clear mahogany amber color with a moderate sized, somewhat foamy beige head that leaves nice lace. Caramelly and toasty malts, with nice floral and lightly resiny hops. Hop forward flavors, with the toasty, biscuity and somewhat fruity malts evident, brash citrus and pine notes give way to a lingering astringent finish. Medium body and crisp, prickly carbonation.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very solid beer. Picked up a bottle at West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago. Pours a dark amber. Nice aroma, some hops as well as some malt. Very basic, but so smooth and well balanced. It has a nice texture to the beer, I could see drinking a lot of these.
Ernest (6542) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 17, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is dark amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, cookie, caramel), moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit, apricot), with notes of dried mango and wood.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Nice rendition, with a more varied aroma than most American versions. Enjoyable quaffer.
FatPhil (10082) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 16, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
330ml bottle (Pikkulintu, Helsinki, Bitter and Sour 2008)
Copper, tiny head. Very raw aromatic floral hops, and window-cleaning fluid in the aroma. Sharply tangy palate. Some ginger and a little lightly roasted malt, but overall, very hoppy. Sherbet and fruity. A very small amount is quite nice but not for drinking any quantity of. Possibly I only enjoyed this as it was my first American IPA of the evening. The style gets tremendously boring very quickly.
mjs (5073) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 16, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle at Pikkulintu on 2008-05-15) Amber colour. Not-so-big white head. Hops and some malts in nose. Full palate. Taste is mostly hops with some malts and salty liquorice. A bit too one-dimensional for my taste.
elihapa (1532) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAY 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap, strong floral head and rich body. This was crisp yet very SMOOTH. Huge aroma of flower and citrus. Finishes bitter but with a hint of malts/alcohol to boot. Solid IPA. I like this for its crisp, fruity flavor and bitter finish. Not for the faint hearted.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy TheCheeseMan. Hazy reddish-brown with a broken thin white head. Mild grassy hop aroma - very faint overall. Grassy hop taste with biscuity malts, but very little richness present here, and quite plain overall. Basic.
sayravai (4677) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 15, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottled) Very hazy darkish amber with a smallish, fluffy head. Slightly stuffy-hoppy, dried-fruity, grainy-malty aroma. Fruity, quite strongly bitter flavor with some "Severin-like" stinginess (although masked by the reasonable maltiness). Medium-bodied with soft carbonation. A good IPA, but this just didn’t hit the sweetspot for me.
joergen (22542) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy orange coloured with a medium sized off white head.
Sweet and fruity aroma of hops, grass, pine needles and elder flowers.
Fruity flavour of caramel, hops and pine needles.
Dry hoppy finish.