ciaranc (875) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle from Redmonds. Hazy gold, minimal head which settles to a residue on the liquid. Good nose - citrus, a little lime, spruce pine, grass and a good whack of caramel. Flavour follows the nose, bright citrus fruit and bready malt up front, followed by mellow caramel in the finish. Hops are there alright, but always play second fiddle to that big sweet malt. Palette is quite dry, nice body, robust but quaff-able. Carbonation very soft. Finish is long and mellow. Nice, we are getting closer to a decent Irish IPA, now for one in a 330/500ml bottle which doesnt cost 10+ euro.
Creedence (282) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Franciscan Well Winter Ale Festival. Lovely aroma of fresh cut grass, and citrus. Pours pale golden, with a thin white head with lacing. Taste of citrus, grass, hops - both bitter and sweet. Palate - light, refreshing, lingering bitter hops. Overall - tasty and refreshing, probably the best Irish IPA I’ve tasted.
Vir4030 (515) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a light yellow with a thin head from a 1L bomber brought back from Ireland. Light aroma but a more watery flavor. Slightly sweet malting.
Beersiveknown (2999) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAR 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at home, from Drinkstore.ie
Pours dark amber with fluffy white head. Strong earthy, spicy English hop aroma. Not much of the cascade made it through it seems. Competently balanced IPA but would have liked more uplifting citrus. Much preferred the ESB last month.
ACD (637) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2014 Litre bottle. Pours gold/amber with small white head - good lacing, light carbonation. Grass and pine on the nose, earthy notes as well as flickers of tropical fruit - light passionfruit. Taste full of earthy bitter british hop flavour, pine resin comes through, but not overly tongue-coating. Tropical flavours from the c-hop there too - pineapple and passionfruit. Good bread and caramel malt backbone - lovely balance. Full mouthfeel and a satisfyingly lingering bitterness at the finish. Hope they plan to make more of this seasonal special - very impressed.