Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - MAY 18, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours hazy orange colored and a foamy off-white head. Mild apple and spice aroma with sweet candied fruit notes. Rancid malt and hop flavor with plenty of fruit and some spices. Quite weird and not very balanced.
Lunkie (1537) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAR 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet malt aroma. Orange red colour with good head. Smooth malt sweet flavour with floral tones. Smooth palate.
Stew41 (1793) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - DEC 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy dull orange with some lightening at the rim. Good head retention and lacing. Lifted fruity notes, very pure and has good penetration. Very good in the palate, nice broad fruity notes and a little maltiness is arrested in the back of the palate with medium (at best) level of hops. Not particularly bitter but this is an excellent drop, of course putting most beers from the other side of the ípondí to shame.
SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thick head laces nicely. Cloudy orange body.Very fruity aroma. Not as bitter as I expected from the aroma, relatively thick palate. Light bitterness that does last a remarkably long time. Nice enough. Maybe needs something in the flavour between the light fruity hops and the delayed bitterness.
Sigmund (5555) - Tau, NORWAY - NOV 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(500 ml bottle conditioned, thanks to JensenTaster). Deep golden / amber colour, large & lingering fluffy head. Lovely flowery and grapefruity aroma, all from the hops, no doubt. Flavour is dominated by the grapefruity and resiny hoppy bitterness, which is a tad too rough for me in the finish. Long lasting aftertaste. A beer well above average.
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 8, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2008 Tasted 2008. 500ml from Sweet Mothers Kitchen. BB Jan 2009. I ordered a Pilsner but theyíd run out. In its old form, as a superbly balanced hoppy amber ale, this was one of my very favourite beers. Hasnít been the same since the change to New Zealand malt. Now itís still trying to find a new identity. This time: Hazy orange-gold. Malty sweet, a little flabby with a hint under attenuation. Tropical and autumn fruit in the flavour. Medium bitterness. Pretty clean and, to be fair, it is still quite drinkable. I just find it muddled and muddied. It seems to be morphing into something of an 1812 / Maris Gold hybrid. Richard, I do so miss my old friend. Kill this new imporster off, rename it or, better still, bring back the original. [old rating was 4.3 - perfectly balanced hoppy malty amber ale - just as the label stated. Delicious apricots.]
madsberg (10597) - SÝborg, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled: Orange/light amber coloured. Clear. Beige medium sized dense head. Light hops, fruit and herbs in the nose. Flavour is very light hoppy and has a light fruitsweetness. Is bland and watery. Is light bitter in the end. Disapointing IPA. Boring and forgettable.
DiscoForever (71) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 22, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2004 500ml bottle, chilled, fresh batch
What would I do without Emerson's? Here is proof again that they are masters at their craft. The 1812 India Pale Ale is a beer whose qualities are as numerous as the number of bottles I could drink.
It's a beaut to pour - I was seduced by it's dance and the lightly hazy deep rusty amber colour. And what a head! A big mountain of tight, soft creaminess, it stays intact as it gently sinks - like a cream-coloured iceberg slowly melting in time-lapse.
And then the aroma hits: Smooth and round and of sweet caramel malt with pears spiced lightly with cinnamon - it's like a dessert! Superb.
The taste is a big gutsy all-over-the-tongue bitterness with a huge slightly sweet fruity malt burst. It just feels luscious - thick and voluptuous. It's a manly beer with an earthy quality to it and leaves a wonderful dusky hop bitterness that begs for another gulp. Part of the head even lasted til the bitter end and gave a creamy burst to my last mouthful. Wonderful.
Fruity and creamy in the mouth, while still being bitter enough to count as a manly drop, this is my new treat beer. Even more than the pilsner! Can't wait for a hot summers day to sample this refresher with cheeses & pasta in a spicy tomato pepper sauce, or quench the thirst after a hard day painting houses in Carey's Bay. I could get drunk on this and feel no shame. This beer makes me horny. Emerson's APA is out reeeeal soon! Stay tuned.
Dalle (1145) - SkÝrping, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden-amber with nice head and lace. Hoppy and fruity (oranges, apricot) with a bitter finish.
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - AUG 11, 2004
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
(on bottle)True; Iīm not an IPA-fan, so this is a tad too bitter for this tounge. Nice head and a hazy real-orange color. Sent a bit metallic and some abricot; whitch is artificial? Watery mouth and then that hard hit of bitterness, witch almost turns to iron in the mouth.