argo0 (11163) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 22, 2002
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy orange, with minimal head. Smooth hoppy hoppy aroma -- rich potential. Much stronger flavor -- big bang, so one-dimensional it’s not funny. Almost pulls it off but suffers for that imbalance. Still a good beer but misses greatness.
jcwattsrugger (10889) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2006
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle-pours a 2 finger high rich tan head. Bright, clear copper-gold color. Aroma is mango & hops. Taste-oily mouthfeel like many 2IPA’s. Balanced hops & malt. Big beers just aren’t my taste, but this was OK. Bottled on 11/25/05.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2008 Date: 04/28/2003
Mode: Bottle, 750ml
Source: Whole Foods Market, DC
Appearance: hazy orange, thin tan head,
Aroma: sweet fruity malt and big hop aroma,
Body: smooth creamy body,
Flavor: well hopped rich malt flavor, lots of fruity character, only a hint of bitterness in the finish
Words: 5 seasons (gwcb)
much more citrus character hiding any of the fruity character
sweet winey malt aroma, lots of bitterness,
Score: iii to ii+
Aroma: sweet winey aroma with good floral hops,
Body: thin body,
Flavor: rich sweet malt well balanced by hop bitterness but very little hop flavor at first but it finally comes through,
Source: summits woodstock
Aroma: sweet fruity and spicy aroma,
Body: decent body,
Flavor: big sweet crystal malt flavor, nice spicyness from the hops, touch of pepper from the alcohol,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Christian (10754) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Quite light amber with a big solid head. Surprisingly malty aroma, with caramel, grain and some dried fruit - the hop notes are grassy and citrus. Dry and bitter but with a giant malty mouthfeel. The bitterness has a tobacco-like astringent touch which isn’t bad at all. Some alcohol.
After being underwhelmed by the bitterness I checked the date to see if the journey across the Atlantic could have killed it. But it was bottled in April, and I was disappointed in May and in June. I’m just not a fan of really malty and sweet IIPAs. But store it three years and I’ll probably love it as a barleywine.
thewolf (10692) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, from Ølkonsortiet, Aalborg. Pours a pretty clear redish copper with a small, slightly fizzy yellowish creamy head. Aroma is surprisingly mellow. A slightly tart caramelness dominates along with some citric tones. Very nice and full mouthfeel. Flavour is equally mellow - this isn’t a ’hop-bomb’, more balanced than most IIPA’s. Not to say it isn’t bitter, there are citric and ghrassy hops aplenty. A good finish on a sweeter caramel note as well as a lingering viniousness. A terribly well-balanced beer!
Pinball (10595) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, bought at ølbutikken, cph. denmark.
ar:hoppy, fruity, raisins.
nice amber, small light brown head.
flavor is sweet and hoppy, slightly fruity, aftertaste is very very good, You need to drink a good deal of the bottle before all impressions settle. also watch out for temp. A very good ipa, but not more than ’’somewhere’’ in the best 10 i’ve had. i’d like a more solid mouthfeel, a less barleywineish aroma, a stronger aroma, and better looks.
KimJohansen (10350) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 16, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear amber with medium off white head. Sweet aroma with loads of caramel, toasted malt and hoppy notes. Sweet flavor with grapefruit, pine, caramel and loads of hops to finish it off bitter. Excellent!
faroeviking (10294) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAY 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Amber colour. Malty, hoppy, fruitish and alcoholic aroma. Flavour is quite sweet and hoppy with a good fruitiness and some spices, alcohol and with a pretty bitter finish.
bhensonb (10158) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 10, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle; in my possession over 3 years. Rich aroma of ripe light stone fruit. Hazy ripe apricot color with a creamy beige head that flattened, laced, and did interesting things. Medium bodied, with crisp carbonation. The flavor starts with pale raisin, citrus, and something floral. The malt approaches caramel, but it is quite balanced by the hop - bitter and floral. It really pleases the mouth, and the finish is primarily dry, a little fruit lingers, and surprisingly unbitter. Well, it’s bitter, but it is so nicely set off with fruit aspects, like apricot all of a sudden. This is one of those ales that just demands full attention for savoring. This one makes bitter non-bitter, but bitter. Try it.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 15, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear orange with medium white head. Aroma of flowers and banana. Big hops of course, but also some tones of citrus. Very dry finish. Good one.