tfredvik (1435) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2011 IPA Dogfight: in the red corner: Flying Dog!
Clear, sparkling, light brown/orange body, with a large, off-white, head. The head never disappears: up to the bitter end (pun intended) a lonely, frothy island of foam floats on top of the brew, in addition to the usual built-up at the rim that laves the glass pretty well. The inviting aroma is heavy hoppy: mostly peach and pine, and also some pineapple. The taste is heavy bitter with some well hidden sweet tones, with a lovely, long-lasting bitter aftertaste. More peach in the flavours, in addition to grapefruit. Medium body, medium to soft carbonation. Very nice beer!
[35.5 cl bottle, from Vinmonopolet, Grønland baser, Oslo
cfrancis (2729) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark auburn with a healthy white head and crystal clear. Aroma is sweet malt and sharp pine hop. Taste is a brisk earthly/pine hop and a deep caramel malt. Hides it’s alcohol very well.
MacDouglass (88) - Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2011
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma: a bit muted, kind of smells like a commercial American lager, as I got towards the end of the glass, I could smell more yeast; Appearance: clear amber, more yellows than reds; Taste: very bitter, some malt, not much, if at all, juniper/grapefruit/citrus; Palate: nothing lingers too long, which is a good thing, some metallic aftertaste even when drinking from the appropriate glassware; Overall: drinkable, but not very exciting, pretty darn bitter, but why else would you be drinking an IPA?
Geiserich (3733) - Linz, AUSTRIA - MAY 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled: Intensive herbal aroma, fruity notes of peach. Flavor is malty, light sweetness, herbal with notes of rosemary, earthy. Very dry, herbal bitter finish. Very interesting brew.
bpreo (2089) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAY 12, 2011
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Flying Dog makes lots of beers, and most of them taste like the label art looks like. Harsh, dirty, tough. This IPA is no exception.
ABS (714) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 11, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Orange to amber pour, white, almost bubbly head. A bit to much on the bitter side, feels a bit flat. Ok, but there are a lot better IPAs out there.
nittanytide (252) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured copper in color, with a frothy half-finger head. Floral aroma. Taste is a good blend of the citrusy and grassy elements in an IPA. Less of a malt backbone than I was expecting. A good IPA.
Kriegbaum (845) - Randers, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pour clear copper with a white head with good durability. Aroma of citrus hops and some grapefruit. Flavour is hops and sweet citrus, with hints of grapefruit. The finish is moderately bitter.
RexTalionis (3105) - FINLAND - MAY 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from De Bierkoning, Amsterdam. Poured copper in colour with whitish head. Aroma very grassy hops. Nice grassy hops in flavour. So much fruity in taste. Very fruity and grassy over all.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I haven’t had this beer in about 4.5 years; I got a few bottles as part of the Alpha Collection. I’ve had several bottles, and my perceptions of this beer are weirdly inconsistent. At first I thought I detected some defects - off notes, diacetyl, DMS, etc. Then I had it again and it had a weird graininess. But now, here I sit with a bottle and it is pretty good; a touch perfumey with a slightly odd floral after-taste. Strange.
Appearance is quite good - sparkling and clear with good head. Aroma is a touch grainy but bitter. Flavor is not a kick-in-the-pants bitterness-wise, but is pretty good, although rather floral. Mouthfeel is average.
I got this bottle in the Alpha pack, courtesy of my Dad, who brought it over from Frederick, MD.