jonas (6303) - Garching b. MŁnchen, GERMANY - SEP 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber, tanned fluffy head.
Spectacular perfumed hop aroma (flowers,pine).
Good full body, mellow mouthfeel.
Fruity (tropical) body complemented with a ample dose of aromatic hops.
DanielBrown (4215) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Olbuttiken, Copenhagen. Smells superb - sweet hops, full. Rudy gold, with a biggish head. Beginning tastes a little shredded wheat malty, with furry hops. This becomes a bigger hop flavour, quite dry, with orange fruit through the finish. Crunchy in the mouth. Good hops. Very tasty APA indeed, from this highly promising brewer.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2006 Bottle. Nice, hoppy and citric as it should be. Lychee, pine, grapefuit, really well balanced APA and a another gem from Emersons.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 1, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2005 I was pretty excited to find this at the rapidly-improving Cloudwine in Sth Melbourne. Itís probably worth mentioning the label, which is a slight departure on their standard with some starts & stripes action and a bald eagle. It was actually a bit shocking to see imagery like that on a beer bottle but now I think itís not a bad label. Anyway... Itís a clear copper, with a nice thin head, but it appears to be filtered! Candyish malt aroma, wholemeal bread, with spicy, grass, woody, perfumey, Nivea hand cream hops. It doesnít seem dry-hopped, and the hops are quite a bit more restrained than I was expecting. Big English malt flavour is very good with a slight milkiness but it stars to become a bit much after a while. Very thick, solid body - much more than usual for the style - and low carbonation. Hop flavour develops quite late and is pretty herbal (thyme?) It has a smell and taste that I can only describe as "purple" - not very useful I know, perhaps something to do with lavender or purple donut filling? Bitterness is good, but not huge, and is slightly rusty, though not in an isohop way. Some alcohol apparent. If anything itís a bit too thick/sweet/malty and not hoppy enough. The hop character certainly isnít as fresh as what you get in LC, Speculator etc. Makes me think itís pasteurised and filtered for export to Denmark...? Mildly disappointing, though itís all relative with a brewer like Emersonís...
RR: I thought that drinking a bottle fairly cold might bring out the hops but it didnít. Tasted decidedly cooked. Iím tempted to knock a few points off but Iíll save it for another time.
RR: Yep Iím taking off a few points now. The more I think about it, the less I like it. I think I got caught up in the excitement of finally getting my hands on this stuff. Itís just too thick and sweet and not fresh, hoppy and light as I prefer in an APA. In a lot of ways itís the antithesis of LC, which if not the best example of the style, certainly is the standard-bearer for me. APAs should be more drinkable than this. The lack of bottle-conditioning really bugs me too.
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy copper in appearance, with a strong but smooth citrussy aroma. first sip was dominated by strong hoppy bitterness, before a soft and delightful palate of moslty cara-malt was revealed. Nice dry finish with some lingering and slightly harsh bitterness. Delicious
Stew41 (1822) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Quite dark and cloudy for the style. Expressive nose, candy (?) like sweetness and floral hop rise. Quite big in the mouth, broad yet quite hoppy (if that makes sense) but not really sharp and aggressive like some highly hopped US APAs. Shows elegance. Needs a slight chill to show its best. Good beer.
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - AUG 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(on ottle) I liked this beer very much, but I .would have called it IPA, if Ive had on a blindtest. Very heftig hop and pine aroma, very. Beautifull dark orange colour and a fab, big white head. The taste has a slight roast, just enogh to balance the hopping. In the finish some vanilla and grape sets in, in all the grassy and pineapple flavours. What a drink here, emerson would be my first bue as brewery-mongul
omhper (21897) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - AUG 25, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled at RBESG. Pale amber. Rich grapefruity hop aroma. Light bodied with soft rounded mouthfeel. Dominated by fresh lychee-like hops, very bitter finish. An excellently drinkable summer beer that beats most American made APAís with itís excellent malt character. Emersonís rocks!
argo0 (12516) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(500ml bottle) Crystal clear amber body with a white head. Aroma is medium sweet, pinem grapefruit. Taste is medium sweet, pine, some caramel. Soft medium body. Nice take on the style.
rickgordon (3846) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. RBESG -05.
Amber colour. Classic American APA/IPA with loads of flowery, citric (low alpha)hops in both aroma and flavour. Not all too bitter which is fine with me. Wonderful flavour, very dry.