mt_hall (147) - Hertfordshire, - FEB 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours a clear, pale amber colour with a small off-white head that doesn’t last. Hops and pine dominate both on the nose and in the mouth, while the flavours are very dry, yet very well balanced and clean. A very good American-style IPA.
Arve_Christian (3565) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 17, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
ON bottle from Vinmonopolet Norway, on order (bu). Deep golden color, good foam. Medium aroma intensity; malt, hops, dried fruits and light caramel. Medium body & complexity. A little on the sweet side, but quite ok balanced with decent bitterness. Enjoyable
Seffle (261) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - APR 16, 2015
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at The Merchant, Glasgow 150416.
Very dark amber white firm lacing white head. Not a distinct aroma, just some malt. Tastes fresh and with a nice bitterness.
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Fisler (118) - GERMANY - APR 16, 2015
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Mmmh, mit isländischem Wasser, mal sehen. In der Nase Malz, Karamell. Schaum baut sich schnell ab. Im Grunk setzt sich die Nase fort, im Abgang leicht bitter. Nicht sonderlich speziell, nichts aus der Reihe.
EdKing (2068) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Colour is light chestnut brown, light white foam head. Nose is nutty, tangy earthy hop, caramel, toasty grain, bread, some bitter citrus hop. Taste is earthy, tangy, hop, caramel, brown bread, boiled sweet.
Pumpkin87 (85) - - APR 6, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours almost clear amber with medium white head that reduces to decorative skim.
Aroma is basic, malt and yeast, with hints of caramel and woody spice. The taste is similarly low key, dilute toffee, bread and grapefruit rind. End is mildy and somewhat pointlessly bitter, though this smooths out as it approaches room temperature.
This nods toward a traditional IPA, less harsh than the current American style without a pronounced profile of its own.
oh6gdx (21751) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 6, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Deep golden colour, mediumsized foamy white head. Aroma is fruity, floral and quite bready notes along with some slight earthy notes. Flavour is fruity, floral, grassy and some mild toffeeish and bready maltiness to it. Nothing that special, but still a refreshing one.
hawanna (2508) - Freising, GERMANY - APR 2, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
0,33 l bottle
caramel, cereal, citrus, herbs, amber, clear, frothy, tan foam, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, oily feel, slick feel, soft carbonation,
edsspoon (700) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - amber with a foamy light brown head. Aroma is of caramel and toffee. Taste of caramel, toffee, vanilla and a little oak. Medium body, medium carbonation.
gunnfryd (11860) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 28, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
KRS 181014. Deep golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is malt, fruit, grain, yeast. Flavour is butter scotsch, malt, hop, fruit, grain, yeast. Boring/Ordinary beer.
Chad9976 (1327) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I split an 11.2oz bottle with two friends, we each poured it into sampler glasses. It was bottled on 4/3/14 and was sent to me by a friend in Florida (thanks, Mike!).
Appearance: Dark copper hue with a hazy, dirty body. Pours to an average-sized, white, soapy head which mostly dissipates but does leave a little lacing.
Smell: Strong lemony lollipop aroma (usually indicative of oxidation). Slight English malt character is noticeable.
Taste: I’ll admit that this review really isn’t “fair” since the bottle is so old. However, I may never be able to try it again so I’ll document what I experienced. Judging by the label description, this seems to be an attempt at an American-style pale ale with the inclusion of Cascade and Northern Brewer hops, though the strong malty character and yeast strain seems to be British. Since it’s old, the hops have faded and the beer drinks like a rich amber ale. There’s a distinct lemony flavor with a hint of caramel or bread. It’s completely unbalanced, though. I’d imagine a fresh bottle would be much better, and I didn’t even mind the fact this was old beer (that much). Drinkable yes, but not especially enjoyable.
Drinkability: I was a little surprised to see this weighed in at 5.6% ABV as the mouthfeel was noticeably thin and slightly under carbonated (again, probably due to age). At least it wasn’t cloying and finished nearly completely clean. Not refreshing, but not a challenge to drink, either.