lightbias (194) - USA - JAN 2, 2015
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wishing I’d had a Yin for this Yang, but as none was available I decided to crack the bottle to avoid spoilage. Best before 2015, but here it is January 2...missed it by that much!
I opened the bottle, immediately inhaling a murky over-ripened banana and mango with hints of mandarin orange and booze. Stung my nose...in a nice way!
The visual on the pour was a little disappointing; cloudy, dark apricot-colored, and a head that was there one second, and then not at all two minutes later. It lies there in the snifter, flat and motionless. Even after a hard swirl in the glass, the brew was only good for a half a minute of head; back to nothing in no time.
The palate is flat as well, slightly sticky, with a medium body carrying off the flavor all by itself. A flavor of malty dough is predominant, the fruits in the aroma there and pleasant, but lay flat on my tongue. No life..no life in this.
If this were better carbonated, I would probably have a lot better things to say about it. I like the flavor, but it needs to have some assistance in getting it’s point across.
Steverus0 (203) - Shreveport, Louisiana, USA - JAN 2, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Citrus and grapefruit on the nose from a copper pour with a beautiful half finger of fluffy, resilient head.
Resin and citrus hop characters come through clearly on the palate with good malt balance and good effervescence that slips down with a healthy bite.
Strong and bold and very pleasing.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
probstblueribbon (3097) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz bottle from BOTW (Rochester), served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.
App.: Clear amber with a creamy orange-light tan head.
Aroma: Quite brothy/savoury with an almost barfy note (not a good start!), quite malty – mainly caramel and some melanoidin, smells thick, some citrus and pine/resin.
Palate: Medium-full body, full, creamy carbonation, syrupy.
Flav.: More citrus, pine and pepper and less brothy/barfy, rich maltiness, a little estery; sweet with big bitterness and a boozy, sweet malty finish with some peppery pine, numbs the mouth.
I hope that Yin is better than Yang.
Nocturne (912) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle. Pours out a clear amber shade. Lots of head that shrinks back quickly. Resinous nose with pine and caramel. Fruity, jammy, herbal, winter berry taste. Opening sweet but then turning spicily, fruity bitter. Hides the strength well. Nice attempt at a fruity DIPA.
radzik5555 (465) - Gdynia, POLAND - DEC 31, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wygląd: Bursztynowe, klarowne z iskrą. Obfita piana w kolorze złamanej bieli. Trwała, głównie drobno pęcherzykowa i bardzo ładnie koronkuje.
Aromat: Słodki, chmielowe, melon dojrzały, marakuja, liczi, miód wielokwiatowy. Alkoholu nie czuć. Ma taką lekka orientalną nutę ale nie wiem co to.
Odczucie: Gładka faktura kremowo-oleista, wysycenie średnie+, ciało średnie.
Smak: Początek słodki, owocowy, po chwili przechodzi w bardziej wytrawne owoce. Na finiszu pojawia się grejpfrutowa średnio intensywna goryczka oraz rozgrzewający alkohol.
Całość: Świetne IIPA, trzeba znaleźć Yinga
northropfrye (2343) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at barely brothers winnipeg. Orange body. Nice lacing. Vibrsnt hoppy aroma. Awesome hoppy taste mixed with notes of Belgian candy and bubblegum. Fantastic double IPA.
angelkostvo (720) - CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber colour, white head. Aroma of caramel, hops. Taste is medium bitter, light sweet. Medium body, oily texture, soft to average carbonation. A bit alcoholic flavour, but tasty overall.
Pyobon (995) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Slightly hazy amber brown with short-lived loose off-white head. Pleasant aroma with hoppy pine to the fore with pleasant notes of citrus, toffee and maybe floral hints. Lovely palate with a fairly full body and plenty of fine creamy carbonation. Excellent taste too that evolves from a rich smooth sweet malty start to a long assertively bitter finish. In the mid palate the hop flavour steadily develop providing complexity and balance to the malt, but initially little bitterness. Considering the alcohol content it is well hidden - but there’s a lot to hide it under. An excellent beer.
jonas (5882) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - DEC 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice grassy, pine, earth resiny hops
Cloudy amber brown, lacing offwhite head. Resiny, flowery, light sticky, not cloying. cheqy, medium body, mellow mouthfeel.
flatmatt (1176) - Northville, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a lightly hazed orange amber, but with lots of small to medium particles, and an off-white head. Very juicy citrus aroma, fruity berry, pine. Flavor is more pine, grassy, and floral hops, still some citrus in there, though. Tastes a bit stale. Still pretty good, though.