KansaiBeerLvrs (3058) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can from World Beer Market via Rakuten. A deep copper-red with a pleasing aroma of peaches and passionfruit with some earthy pine. Soft round mouthfeel on a medium body. The taste is bitter piney and prickles my tastebuds at first. As it opens up you get mango, lime, a sort of chutney like spiciness maybe from the chilis? Interestingly the mint is evident in the aftertaste. Let this warm up to discover the balanced promised on the can. Good.
pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - JUL 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at the 28th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival. Very citrus forward hop profile. There is a slight chili presence and some mango.
TheHognof (7) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 21, 2015 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tropical fruit, apricot, caramel nose. Mild carb, oily palate. Upfront bitterness and sweet caramel, citrus notes, tropical fruit, very slight building warmth from chilli and herbal note from the mint in the finish. A great beer, but rather than focusing and drowning out the base beer with adjuncts, it uses them to enhance.
I respect it for this but still found it slightly underwhelming.
Leighton (13985) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can shared during the Cadís 10th anniversary bash - Clerkenwell, London. Pours clear, deep golden brown with a creamy white head. Juicy citrus and tropical fruits nose with accents of pine. Medium sweet flavor with some bready malts, oily pine, papaya, orange. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Lightly resinous on the finish with further pine, grassy spice, meaty hops, ripe orange. Quite good.
CacheManyHose (391) - HONG KONG - JUN 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Crafty Cow at their Garage Project event. Clear bright amber pour. Off-white creamy sudsy head with thick legs. Smells of NZ hops, some lime/lemon and mango and mint. Like a Tuatara Double Trouble (?). Tastes of very resinous hop, herbal mint, citric grassiness. Vietnamese mango salad flavours more evident in the taste than the aroma. Can kind of taste some chili in the finish but not sure if I'd be able to pinpoint it had I not known it was an ingredient. Body is crisp, stony, very resinous with a citric herbal fizziness. Big hoppy resinous beer and an interesting concept.
HKdIPA (457) - HONG KONG - JUN 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Crafty Cow Garage Project event. Clear dark ruby amber pour dense thin head. Aroma is aggressively resinous hops but not that big (like Double Trouble but not as strong). Hard to taste the mango chili lime additions at first beneath the big hoppiness, but comes out as it warms a bit. Not sure I'm a fan of the mango, which adds a detectably over ripe fruit flavor, the mint which adds a herbaceousness to the hops which I don't really like. Chili adds a slight burn on the finish, which isn't unpleasant. A nice big hoppy IPA (could be DIPA with the big flavor and palate) and while I appreciate the flavor pairing with Vietnamese food, I don't think the additional ingredients improve the beer.
Leini (1326) - SWEDEN - JUN 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy amber body with a low white head. Grapefruit, spices, passionfruit, lime and mango. The chili is too well hidden.
Erasmus_ro (1893) - Alabama, USA - JUN 7, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, BBE 28/06/15, 06/06/15, thanks bluus. Pours amber with a small, off-white head. Aroma is pineapple, caramel, some citrus. Taste is caramel, pine, resin, pineapple, fairly dry and bitter. Not so fresh anymore. Fairly full with high carbonation. Not fresh anymore, but still very enjoyable. Probably great off the line.
KyleCameron (33) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 6, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A great idea bringing the violence of the vietnam war and putting it in a bottle. This is a massive beer, soooo much flavour and a hop bomb. Just superb. Really a hop heads dream. An American DIPA hop flavour with the light additions of the other listed ingredients. Hard to pick out from the hops but I see a little Marzipan and lime citrus. Beautiful.
pjw (6) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 29, 2015 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Lovely floral aroma, deep golden colour. Explosions of lime and hops, followed by a subtle hint of chilli in the aftertaste. Superb!