Thisis12ptfont (992) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - MAR 24, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 15, 2015 Single hopped with Simcoe edition. Aromas of hops, hay, grain malt, caramel, tangerine, apricot and cracker-like malts. Appears a bright orange yet with lots of sediment floating around (I’m guessing this bottle is a bit old and the hops are starting to drop off.) Taste is big honey and caramel overtones followed by buttery hops, hop oils, lemongrass, orange citrus and more caramel malt. Overall, not too bad. Well rounded but I just can’t seem to find a somewhat fresh bottle of this anywhere. The last time I tried was really expired and not good at all. C+ rating.
darb85 (156) - Canton, Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hoppy nose with brandy and grapefruit notes. Pours cloudy Amber color with almost no head. Smooth mouth feel almost thick. Sweet at first with nice finish that moves to bitter oranges and malt. Great execution. Enters normal rotation.
davidezdonz (58) - , HONG KONG - MAR 23, 2015
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Poured from a 12oz bottle into La Chouffe tulip glass. 169:14 is printed at the bottom of the neck of the bottle so I assume that bottle date is the 169th date of 2014 which happens to be 18 June 2014. It poured a nice orangey gold colour with less than one finger head which receded quite quickly leaving some lace on the glass. Smell was of sweet malts with some light citrus and orange coming through. Taste though… Sweet. Too sweet. Like lightly carbonated orange cordial, some honey and maybe bubblegum. One thing going for it is that even at 13%, you don’t notice the alcohol at all. Some of the hoppiness does creep through the sweetness at times but not much. Feels sticky, full bodied and lightly carbonated. Overall though, I’m thinking that now it is around 9 months from date of bottling, maybe some of the hoppiness was lost? But this was way too overly sweet for me. At first I thought that maybe I could enjoy half a bottle every so often, but the more and longer I think about it, I really couldn’t. Way too sweet.
Changed (379) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Date indicates it is about a year old. Pours light amber, very little white head, some spotty lacing. Aroma is warm hop, malt, honey, slightly boozy. Flavor is a lot less hoppy than you’d expect: lots of honey, sweetness, just enough hop at the end to stop the sweetness overload. Lingering bitterness. Alcohol is very well hidden, but I can feel it, if not taste it, and this beer is pretttty sweet.
For first try from EvilTwin, and I’m not really disappointed, but not blown away.
salvaticas (529) - - MAR 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a burnt amber. Malty on the nose, roasty and hay. Heavy bitterness with a strange finish. Oily body. Intense in flavor but not perfectly balanced.
callmemickey (3625) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark copper colored body, thin off-white head, and spotty lacing. Booze, sweet caramel, resin, and pine. Full bodied with gentle carbonation, sweet and boozy throughout with aggressive bitterness.
sir__v (1071) - Lille, FRANCE - MAR 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Saveur-Biere.com - Color: hazy blond beer with small carbonation and small white foam. Smell: hoppy domination and grassy with floral notes. Less expressive than the Simcoe version, and better apprehension. Taste: good balance with high hoppy attack. Very nice taste of floral and grassy notes. Notes of pineapple and peach. Aftertaste: sweet wet bitterness and to strong alcohol finish !
procraste (176) - FRANCE - MAR 13, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange / brun doré clair / Pas mal de truc en suspension ...
Cidrée "pomme caramélisées" + fruits confits + Réconfort hivernale + alcool enrobant. A déguster en fauteui club vintage mais avec une crête comme coiffure.
Un peu de chasselas en se réchauffant, et bizarement, un peu moins sympathique à ce moment là. Trop expressive sans doute.
MarcoDL (2889) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 12, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Golden pour. Strong aroma of sweet pine and malt. Taste is explosive indeed, very sweet and malty, with peach, caramel, sugar, pine and biscuit. Has an alcohol punch in the finish. Decent iipa, if it was fruitier it could have been great.
Fashawn (430) - Montesarchio, ITALY - MAR 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Buona birra, aroma floreale e luppolato dove si sente però la presenza del malto. An he in boccs, illuppolo è offuscato dalla presenza di tanto alcool e tanto malto, necessarismente spinto dalla gradazione elevata. Eauilibrio però tutto finale discreto grazie al finale amarognolo