beer4eternity (212) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 11, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle. My usual analytical style of rating would just take away from the experience that was this epic beer. This is truly deserving of the appellation "Epic". Delicious delightful and yummy in every way. Love it.
burg326 (4231) - Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a golden color from the bottle, aromas of tropical fruit, and a touch of pine resin. Flavors are pineapple, mango, tropical fruits, some wood, and pine. Interesting beer overall, wasn’t expecting the fruit flavors to be so flavorful.
jonnyguns (1096) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2012 really liked this beer - good well balanced IPA very hoppy and fruity in flavour, was delicious. easy to drink with a tall head and malty finish. Another great Epic beer!!!
glennmastrange (2368) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Moderate grain, roasted and caramel for the malt, heavy pine and grapefruit peel for the hops, moderate yeast notes of soap and musty. Head is average size, frothy white with good lacing and is mostly lasting. Color is clear amber. Flavor starts moderately acidic and sour, then finishes moderately acidic and bitter. Palate is medium, oily with a lively carbonation and a dry finish. The aroma from the hop profile in this IPA is awesome, unfortunately the flavor is a little too sour for me.
MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille de 500 ml. Arômes très complexes de houblons fruités (agrumes, pêches, fruits tropicaux) et de notes boisées (chêne, vanille). Robe dorée et très légèrement trouble, peu de mousse et effervescence assez faible. En bouche, le houblon montre un caractère vraiment fruité, dominé par les agrumes (citron, pamplemousse) et les pêches. Le chêne est présent, mais demeure en retrait par rapport au houblon. Les céréales contribuent une belle base croustillante, légèrement sucrée. Finale relativement peu amère présentant une sécheresse boisée. Vraiment original et très réussi.
hopscotch (9894) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Clear, deep golden ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Decent retention. The aroma is a fruity intermingling of pineapple, mango and apricot with whispers of pine and resin. Medium to full-bodied with tickling carbonation. Bursting at-the-seams with flavorful, juicy, fruity hops that are mellowed a bit by the wood. There’s a nice dose of acidity here as well. Finishes moderately tart and lightly bitter. I love a quality IPA with some age on it, especially when that time was spent with oak or cedar.
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to my buddy Mike.
Cloudy golden pour with some white head. Nose was a bit muted, possibly due to age, but there were some citrus and pine hops, caramel, and oak. Flavors were similar with a slight medicinal aftertaste. Would love to have tried this fresh.
decaturstevo (5337) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Gold pour with light white head. Aroma is dominated by resiny hops and a hinto caramel malt. Flavor is orange zest with a resiny finish. Smooth carbonation. Barrel aged comes through with a hinto vanilla as an after thought at best.
Travlr (14454) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 17, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Clear yellow color, small white head. Aroma of bitter lemon and pine. Taste is vanilla, citrus, oak. An odd combination. I’m not sure that the barrel ads anything to the style, and this one really doesn’t make me want to try other BA IPAs.
Indra (2682) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2012 500ml bottle, best before date of 02.08.12. This worried me at first, until I remembered that NZ uses the DD/MM/YY date format. It’s also been refrigerated since I acquired it in January. Anyway: Nose of citric, spicy hop, strong oak, vanilla, very faint pale malt sweetness and touches of white wine, pineapple and leafy herb. Mostly clear bright golden yellow color, with a lasting, uneven head. Initial pour was sparklingly clear, but as I topped the glass off later, a small swirl of sediment appeared. Flavor profile is hoppy, woody and generously bitter up front, with suggestions of lightly tannic oak, pine, peach and vanilla, finishing dry and hoppy with touches of lemon, pear, very faint malt and white wine (Nelson Sauvins perhaps?). Active, almost sharp carbonation on the palate, dry and very drinkable with a medium body. I wasn’t sure about this at first, the oak is really pretty hefty and this has a definite twang to it. But as it warmed and I drank further, I started to find some complexity, it started to come together better and I started to get really interested. Ultimately, I would certainly recommend it, but not for the faint of heart or palate.