Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really nice aroma - hops and fruit - very fresh. Dull malts start of the flavour department but is saved by good, fresh hoppiness. Hint of cabbage let this down a bit along with the weak malts, more kick is warranted, but still a nice brew overall.
This, my first IPA, did not live up to my expectations of extreme hoppiness. Nonetheless a fine beer and cheers to Mutant for a fine trade!
haukur (1291) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - FEB 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
nice head, light golden color, malty feeling with a little bit of hops, strong taste, overall very nice IPA .. cheers Mal3
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 26, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured with a massive head that went probably 50mm over the top of the glass and just stayed there. Thought the beer might have been overcarbonated but it was fine in the mouth. Slight haze and nice copper colour.
Not a particularly hoppy aroma, but what there is is quite English. Mostly biscuity malt aroma though.
Flavour starts solidly malty and then hits with a lot of earthy English hop flavour and a good, solid bitter finish, kind of artichoke-like. Really good stuff - I'd drink heaps of this stuff if it weren't so expensive.
Choos (596) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - JAN 20, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Best before Feb 04, tried 20 Jan 04. Aroma contains a small amount of malt plus a little bit foresty/herbal but fairly faint. Poured clear orange/brown with a good amount of yeast following it out of the bottle to make it murky. Small head that barely hangs on. The fruity bitterness in the description tastes to me like unripe pear mixed with some passionfruit. Strong not unpleasant hop bitter aftertaste. Highly carbonated but otherwise fairly notiecable consistency.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - OCT 21, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours copper clear with a *big* sudsy though creamy beige head. Great retention, medium-high carbonation. I got no sediment, it was stuck to the bottle solid. Big fruity aroma, with floral/grass clippings hints to it. Bit of honey in there too. Nice soft medium feel, little thin in finish though. Lovely sweet caramel like initial taste. Finish and aftertaste is bitter, though not overly powerful. Very spicy aftertaste. Almost saaz like. Interesting hops anyway. Personally I like this, I feel JS IPA is a bit more refined though.
bluevegie (3052) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 5, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2006 The colour is hazy dull copper, aroma is of caramel, good rocky light brown long lasting head with nice lacing, the taste was nice hops without being bitter. I am starting to like IPAs. Never did before. Cheers!
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - AUG 27, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
One question I have of antipodean brewers is why don't they look at the description of an IPA and give it a red hot go? An IPA is supposed to have an intense hop flavor and a moderate to very strong aroma. This is not assertive enough, but neither are the JS or mountain goats either.
Having said that the beer is still a good one. The creamy copper colour is topped with an equally creamy head. When being consumed it is great to swirl the glass and see the two combine as if it were nitrogenated. The nose is a gentle fuggles/golding style hop and the maltiness is complemented by a toffee (tim tam) palate. The hopiness is noted in the flavour but I would like some more. The beer that you don't mind having to drink a few of.
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 19, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy amber with large lasting pale yellow sudsy rocky island head. Lotsa sediment for the style. Medium herbal medicinal spicey ginger peppery hops and lighter malt aroma. Medium body. Decent but not overpowering crisp bitter hoppy start. Spicy woody dry hops and light low sweetness malt middle and finish. Some interesting character - intruiguing.
motelpogo (6575) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUN 28, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
somewhere between james squire ipa and mountain goat ipa. a bit of hat murky strangeness of the mg with the tanginess and lack of body of the js. quite bitter, rusty
eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2006 reminded me a lot of the squire IPA - a spicy, nutty, prickly, relatively light-bodied IPA. Not hugely bitter or too sticky and crystal malty - very drinkable and balanced. Smells nicely of nutty munich malt and marshmallows (hows that for alliteration?). long tingly finish of toasted malt and spicy hops (fuggles?). very appropriate as i had just performed the choral version of tchaikovskyís 1812 for 10,000 old ladies at the Superdome. rer8: fresher bottle from Dunedin was heaps hoppier (really peppery) and more bitter - it was like chewing hop cones.rer8+3years: very very good. bb end next year so must be fresh. lovely glowing amber. huge lumpy head that wonít quit - orvalesque. hops seem to have been americanised a bit - definitely some NZ cascade now, as well as fuggles etc. as with other emersons beers, underlying malt is cruskitty. overlaid with caramel and tremendously tasty fruity esters - again, almost belgian. tropical fruits. well balanced, fresh, leafy bitterness unrolls and gradually dries out your tongue. this is really hoppy but itís not aggressive - dry and aromatic and resinous but not like stone beers or anything. i am very happy they got this down at dan murphys now and i donít have to go to new zealand to get it.