Pyobon (1251) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 30, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Hazy golden amber with little head. Plenty of aroma, primarily pine, but with quite a lot more going on including citrus and floral. Very interesting and inviting. Light body with moderate carbonation. Taste presents some difficulties, because in some respects it is rather thin and watery, and in others it’s got a very decent hoppy bitterness. It starts wet and thin with a little malt and some restrained but pleasant hoppy bitterness. The hoppy bitterness builds in the finish and is quite crisp but also a little harsh. Overall this is a strange beer. I understand what they are doing, and they have done it quite well. However, for me, it doesn’t work; it sort of feels hollowed out - presumably because the malty body and the alcohol are substantially reduced.
weark (572) - Morges, SWITZERLAND - MAY 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Au Grain D’Orge - Clear golden color with a small white head fully lasting and small lacing - Aroma is citrusy, piny, resinous, yeasty and hints of malt - Flavor is piny and resinous with hints of malt - light body, medium bitterness, medium carbonation, bitter resinous and piny hops finish - simple but really refreshing
jstonerock24 (142) - Englewood, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is pine and citrus. Flavor is very mild with a strong citrus piney hop flavor with very light bitterness. Very little malt backbone which works well with the style of IPA.
thicksuds (449) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 27, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2014 Not a fan, watered down and bitter, waste of my money. I understand what they are trying to do, but the flavor is just way too far off to be considered a decent IPA.
Marko (4643) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - MAY 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Svijet Piva - wasn’t expecting to crack this one open, but I felt it’s been in my fridge for way too long - enough to provoke freshness concerns, and we’ll get other bottles for the tastings anyway to rerate. Anyway. Fuller golden/amber body than I expected, medium white head that didn’t stay long. Lovely fruity aroma, tropical fruit, elder, sweet, perhaps malty underneath, turns slightly citric (though still in elder range). IPAs like this one are always a joy to smell. Ah, yeah, elder again, vaguely citric. Yeah, the body’s a bit thin, just some shades above watery near the finish but not excessively so, even if only just. Fine bitterness, some pine I guess. Soft, light maltiness. The aftertaste builds up but doesn’t overdo it. Ah, it’s definitely a good beer. Definitely not an everyday beer with the price it has here, but I wouldn’t mind having it again, more fresh.
Finn (6011) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 27, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Flaske 0,355l fra Kilpishalli. Gyldenbrun. Ok skum som varer en stund. Litt lacing. God aprikos/ananas-aroma. Smaken det samme - men blir litt vassen. Litt tørr avslutning.
highlandlad (1456) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAY 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great concept for a beer and well executed. There is an inevitable trade-off for the lower abv - feels a bit thin and finishes abruptly - but overall this is a very tasty customer for its weight division. Nice-looking - marmalade orange with a thick centimetre of head. Mouth-watering, sweet aroma of passionfruit and tinned peaches. On the tongue: barley water, passionfruit again, mango. Good bitterness level for the concept. I can imagine putting a few of these away if the Australian price point were more session-friendly. Crikey, that went down fast. (355ml can from Leura Cellars. BB 3/12/17)
drjay44 (3242) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a medium, poorly retained off white head, with some lacing, over a very slightly hazy gold (SRM 5) body.....nose is pine, citrus peel from the hops, light cereal, no esters, balance to the hops....taste is light pine, resin, grapefruit peel, hints of floral, light cereal, minimal sweetness, finishing dry, with moderate lingering bitterness, no esters, balance to the hops.....mouth feel, medium body, no astringency, no alcohol, light acid finish. This is a pleasant, nicely balanced, somewhat light beer. It is obviously an IPA, with a relatively low alcohol which makes it quite session-able. BJCP 8/3/14/4/7
ARH (1093) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2016 On tap, poured into a plastic cup. The aroma is prominently a bitter grapefruit note with some grass, and a bit of a floral touch. It pours a clear, dark golden color, with a puffy off-white head. A thick ring retains with some light surface coverage and it leaves behind an okay lace. It?s taste is a mellow, medium bitterness with a very light sweetness to it. This very much has a dry, pilsner-grainy type character to it. It?s a bit on the watery side with a light, fizzy carbonation and a medium body. It?s a clean and dry finish with the bitterness of grapefruit membrane, and a clean lemon flavor. There?s also a gritty sawdust and grassy touch at the finish. The citrus and grass stick around for a moderate amount of time in the aftertaste, but it?s very mellow.
mallons72 (202) - livonia, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2014
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Decent beer, but the finish is not there. Too much carbonation. This is a properly hopped IPA, good taste as well.