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.
at_the_hop (55) - Worcestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bitter citrus - more pith and rind than flesh. Easy malt sweetness finishing off a rush of bitter orange and lemon. Lovely svelte and persistent head leaving a beautiful trace down the glass. Fresh and supple. Steadman graphics a thing of true and enduring beauty. A real good treat, hm.
tfontana (77) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 21, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Hannaford Supermarket Exeter, NH. Aroma is weakly herb, pine, spruce hops. Appearance is beautifully clear copper color with excellent sparkling and 2-finger thick foamy off-white head with minimal lacing. Taste is mix of minimal bitter and sweet. Palate is light bodied, thin, with soft carbonation and minimally bitter finish. Overall, this is a gorgeous looking beer with only slightly above average aroma, taste and palate. Highly drinkable.
Ulysse (281) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAY 21, 2015
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
First bottle whiff reminds of dough yeast and citrus kind of hop. It mixes the fruity part of oranges and the strong bitterness of hops. Elusive herbal sweets or medicines taste. Wouldn’t drink more than one.
nicocanta (66) - - MAY 21, 2015
2.2 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Très belle couleur, nez parfumé... Hyper hyper hyper amère mais aucun parfum derrière. Du coup on termine sur une bonne déception.
jspronck (139) - BELGIUM - MAY 20, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy amber color with tall white head, nice hoppy aromas of orange, citrus and fresh grass from the dry-hopping, short bitter finish
BenOver (155) - SLOVENIA - MAY 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours brown-orange with a pronounced head and a strong fresh-hoppy aroma. Moderate carbonation can be even seen and is confirmed upon tasting. There is quite a good body, but it is quickly passed because of the carbonation. The finish is not quite dry, but more fresh.
Yonny (42) - - MAY 19, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap pour at Boatyard in Annapolis. Clear IPA amber with short white head. Aroma was more hay than citrus, although initial taste is grapefruit. Strong aftertaste of hops (the snake bite?). Not a bad IPA, but drank after a decent wine, so maybe the palate needed more time.
Bosskie (530) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 17, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Crystal-clear copper-coloured beer with a nice big white head and gentle bubbling.
Smell is metalluc with grapefruit peel, resin. Touch of caramel and some fruit, strawberries, cherries.
Nice full taste, watery bitter and quite astringent. Full body, refreshing finish. Subtle fruitiness.
DarkHeist (3) - rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 16, 2015 does not count
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 8/20
Een sterk aanwezig biertje. Een fruitig begin met een partijtje bitterheid dat volgt.... voor mij persoonlijk iets te bitter maar wanneer je trek hebt in een stevig biertje met een stevige hopsmaak kan ik deze aanbevelen.....
mjansen1310 (122) - Soest, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
0,33 cl bottle. Colour is between dark yellow and light brown. Bitter from the hops with a grapefruit fruity feeling. I will keep trying but IPA still isn?t my style.