Svesse (6844) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle, White Horse, Parson’s Green, London, 1 Dec 2007) Pale amber colour with frothy, beige head. Fruity nose with orange peel and apricots resting on a fairly sweet malt foundation with hints of toffee. Fruity taste with notes of citrus (orange, grapefruit), some underlying malt sweetness and hints of toffee, leaving with a whiff of floral hops in the finish. Nice balance, good beer.
fidelis83 (2136) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - DEC 12, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2009 Pours a slightly hazed light honey gold with 3 finger eggshell head fading quickly and leaving a thin layer for the remainder as well as decent lacing. Aroma is citrus hops, pine, some planty floral notes, hints of grain, straw, salt water taffey and caramel. Flavor is nice sweet orange blossom up front, sweet grain, dry straw, sweet grasses, caramel, berry blossoms, some melon and grapefruit. Finish is mild grapefruit, sweet grass, light caramel, white bread and a sweet floral fade. Palate is body, dry feel and sharp carbonation. I bought this to re-rate, expecting myself to knock it down from it’s original rating, it was one of my first ratings. I was kind of gushing about how great it was because it was my standby beer for quite a while and I really liked it. I still love this beer though, it has been probably 10-12 months since I have had it and I have to say I missed it a little. I am knocking the score down a little (4.2 to 4.0) but this is still a great IPA and a great value.
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from Quinton’s (Iowa City, IA). Poured a light orange gold that was hazy. Smelled of fruits, namely ctirus. Taste is sharp, of hops and dry malts. I almost detect some piney notes but the beer mainly holds a dry citrus hoppiness that dominates. Not the best IPA out there, but certainly a formidable beer. A very inviting brew that I will drink again.
Walkowiak (21) - Northville, Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a cloudy gold, bordering on amber with a small head. Aroma was hoppy and grassy. The taste had a nice bitterness with a good malt balance. Ranked it third against 60 Minute (1st), Harpoon (2nd), and Avery (4th).
WickerBrew (311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I have always really liked this beer. Locally grown and available year round, it doesnt get any better than this as a fallback. Wish I could find it on tap more often. It may be a little thinner, but it has no trace of that medicine flavor that dogs down the style. Crisp and very refreshing, even more so since lately I am on a winter beer kick.
Hammster (187) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured a cloudy sunset brown with a small off-white head. Sweet malty aroma with lots of spice notes to it. Strong sweet malt flavor with slight roasted notes. Finish is smooth and malty. Richly spiced. Plenty of bitter hops in the finish. This is an excellent IPA.
Fukito (891) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - NOV 23, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, november 07. Great, striking, citric grapefruit aroma with some piney touches. Interesting bittersweet flavor, balanced with an evident hoppy note and some spicyness. Medium mouthfeel, tasty and refreshing. Clear golden color with a nice, bubbly white head. Nice, hoppy, spicy and balanced IPA.
nihar (68) - Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber colored, pours with a white head... aroma is very fruity, tastes slightly bitter with plenty of hops... some notes of citrus towards the end...
jstraw (1943) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange with good, foamy white head / Pine and pineapple nose / Light body, some malts and modest hops, with good finish / Simple, cooked flavor of pineapple with pine and caramel on the finish / A fine but not stellar effort.
Ibrew2or3 (7361) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 6, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Coutesy of Gillard. Pours a clear deep copper with white head. The aroma is grapefruit hops and a stream of sweet malts. Nice hop representation in the nose. Smooth flavor of grapefruit hop mild bitterness and sweeter hop flavor. The malts contribute nicely with sweet malts and mild caramelization. This is a nicely balanced IPA. Into the finish is even grapefruit hop bitterness.