Sarpa (1155) - FINLAND - NOV 6, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 655cl @ Konttori. Pours clear yellow, large white head. Lavender, perfume aroma. Floral, herbs, sweet flavor. Unusual but enjoyable.
olio (8200) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
65 cl bottle @ Olutravintola Konttori.
Pours clear golden color with a large head. Very perfume-y aroma here, herbal, some pine and orange. Slightly sweet caramel flavor, some resinous hops, herbal tones and some mango, mild grapefruits too. Unique aroma and the flavor isn’t that bad either.
HKdIPA (513) - HONG KONG - OCT 16, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Little Beer Room soft opening before flight to Verna and Tino's wedding. Translucent orange-amber. Lots of lacing, sticky head. Aroma is perfumed hops - herbal lavender? Taste follows - big herbal hops and tea/lavender. Weird. Not bad. Smooth palate. Booze and malt good. Weird but not bad. Wouldn't get again.
tfredvik (1501) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear, deep golden body with a very large, creamy, white and very long-lived head that ends up as a fully lasting layer. Excellent lacing. Strong aroma of massive grapefruit, tropical fruits, and a herbal background including lemon balm (after reading the label I guess this is lemon grass). Very strong flavour of citrus, especially grapefruit, but also lemon and lime. Sweet tropical fruits, caramel and herbs. Light to moderate sweet taste with a heavy bitter and herbal bitter finish. Medium body, soft carbonation and a quite dry finish. Good stuff!
[65 cl bottle, enjoyed 6 months before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Online]
GT2 (9412) - Oceanside, California, USA - AUG 30, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
[ Keg ][ 2oz ][ Festival of Dankness ][ ~$2 ][ Plastic Taster ][ 8.22.15 ]
>> My favorite beer from the festival probably because of how intense the flavors were - super herbal and sharp. Four samples. A big standout amongst IPAs that begin to blur together. Clear reddish tinged copper pour. Gigantic lacing. Ultra zesty ruby red grapefruit character in nose and taste. Bracing lemongrass that doesn’t go chemical or perfume on me. Refreshing and novel.
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - AUG 24, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap, amber pour, white head, nose and taste are lemongrass, citrus, interesting
jinroh (824) - ESTONIA - AUG 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big bomber bottle. Pours amber, quite decent foam head, even a bit too foamy actually. Aroma is resinous, definitely full of hops and something pine-like. Taste is also dominated by citric bitterness, really resinous, feels like eating spruce branches - delicious ones. Interesting and well made.
pdx77 (1484) - Oregon, USA - JUL 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught at the 28th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival. The base pale ale is flavorful with a tropical citrus hoppiness. The herbal notes complement well.
TimE (4346) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden amber color. The nose is super alive with lemongrass and kafir in the nose. The mouth is light slightly bitter and tart, with lots of kafir. The spices meld well with the hops. Really nice.
swannycellars (43) - Swanbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 7, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours orange with a small white head. Big floral nose on this exhibiting orange blossom, lemon, lime, grass and coriander. Waxy/light resin mouthfeel with grapefruit, orange and lime the heroes. Great floral pale ale. Could live on this.