culchiem (2425) - Berlin, GERMANY - APR 3, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught. Cloudy orange amber with a medium head. Aroma is marmalade. Flavour is a strong dose of citrus hop, bitter orange on an oily base. Rough bitter finish.
garthicus (2658) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Cloudy orange, small white head. Aroma: sweet, hoppy, grassy, vanilla, malt, a little fruity. Flavour: bitter, lots of lemon & spice, quite the fresh cut grass flavour running through it, long lemon bitter finish. It’s just a bit muddled for me... Odd.
hem (3) - IRELAND - MAR 22, 2013 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Has the kind of bitterness that I look for in an ale. Tastes like a session beer but watch out for the 6% A very good addition to the Irish Pale Ale range.
ACD (621) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2013 Keg dispense at the Black Sheep launch night. Hazy orange pour with thin white head. Lots of citrus in the aroma - lime especially - with some grapefruit too. Taste follows on with plenty of really waxy, pithy lime and grapefruit. Some bready, yeasty flavour in there too, as well as a bit of a metallic bite. Bitterness is fairly heavy handed, mouthfeel medium but quite rough. Definitely in need of a bit of refinement, not an easy-drinker by any means. This is a step in the right direction for Irish brewers, so kudos to Chris and the team for actually throwing some hops in the brew kettle.