bmeup (630) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - JUN 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very good pale ale. Subduded leafy grass and nice hoppy taste. Look can’t really get over excited but am tasting these in order.
Beershine (5219) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Clear bright amber. Nicely hopped aroma is balanced by big sugars from the malts. Smells much like an old school American IPA. Has a slight booziness that seems out of place too. Smooth palate makes it go down well, with light carbonation. Thin, light body. The hops are green and leafy, but the body is too light to carry such promising flavors. Is refreshing though!
Oakes (14884) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 22, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light bronze. The aroma is green and woody with cascades and a little bit of caramel. Soft body. Moderate bitterness. A little bit woody. Ok, but neither the bitterness nor the brightness is enough to truly compete.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle courtesy of Kristina from Wlv... Pours ruddy medium caramel brown with a medium soapy white head... Aroma of catty, citrus and fruity new Zealand hops coinciding with some papery caramel malt. Maybe somewhat medicinal in nature... Flavors improve a bit with some robust fruity hop flavors with less of a malt profile. Hints of tangerine and other citrus notes and finishes on the earthy side with very little bitterness. Pretty quaffable overall.
Mjollnir (394) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500mL bottle. Pours hazy gold with a small head that settles to a ring. Aroma of pine, some citrus and honey. Low sweetness, medium bitterness, lots of hops and a little bit of toast. Light-medium bodied, average carbonation, bit of an astringent bitter finish.
beer4eternity (212) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle, tulip glass. More of those fantastic Epic aromas just a bit dialed down compared to the Armageddon. Wonderful moderate to heavy citrus, peaches, tropical fruit, pine, hop resin aromas, light caramel and roasted malt. Light amber/deep golden hue, medium off white fine bubbly lasting head, very good lacing. Bitter taste mostly with some sweetness and a hint of sourness. Palate is a bit average - slightly lacking in body - a bit thin, very notable dry finish, nicely carbonated. Epic say "You can only drink so many beers in a lifetime, so you better make each one count" and with that in mind although this was a good one I would go for the Armageddon if you want each one to count.
KapitiCritique (379) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - APR 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle
Aroma: Very clear, slightly aromatic resinous hops with a hint of lemon.
Appearance: pale hazy amber, fairly thick head with durable lacing.
Taste: No hint of sweetness, light to medium bitterness and just a touch of acidic sourness.
Palate: medium body, faintly sticky texture, lively carbonation and a long faintly astringent finish.
Overall: Nice to know you can get a good IPA in NZ. It is a bit pricey: 3.99 for 330 ml. I’d rather see it in 6 paks or 500 mls.
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle. Pours a burnt orange color with a basically perfect thick fluffy frothy egg-shell colored head. Aroma is bright and citrusy, tea, pine needles, lightly biscuity. Flavor is much the same but like the IPA it is fairly light, not nearly as aggressive as the aroma, detailed hop profile but very light tasting with a weak malt profile. Medium bodied with a heavy water feel and sharp sparse sizzling carbonation, well attenuated and quite dry. Slightly light-struck, but overall clean and refreshing.
ffranks (5) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 17, 2010 does not count
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice amber colour, with a dense off white head. Aroma is the winner here... Pungent, piney, citrus, lovely. Slightly prick carbonation lends a slightly wrong note with the palate, and the malt gets a little lost. Notwithstanding, still an excellent beer.
beerequalizer (22) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 1, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Yep, much the way I rated LCPA, this one doesn’t need much in the way of equalizing. Fantastic beer, loads of hop presence. Great drop