Pinball (11792) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 27, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
cloudy orange, thick meium sized offwhite head. looks real nice.
aroma can be detected far away from the glass. strong aroma of sweet pine, sweet grapefruit. quite dry. but also sweet. great simple hoppy aroma.
flavor is hoppy, malty sweet, hops are sweet but not fruity, beer is quite dry. malts and hops balance nicely. aftertaste is dry and slightly malty sweet. truly impressive given the alc %. very nice IPA.
couchand (182) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It pours a remarkably light-color, the straw shade of a cream ale. This is a bit strange, as pale ales tend to have caramel malts to provide a bit of sweetness in order to balance the hops, and caramel malts add those rich reddish browns. It is fairly clear but there is certainly a bit of haze. The off-white head is creamy and strong, but not very voluminous. The nose is strongly of Pacific northwest hops: the floral grapefruit and orange character that defines American pale ales.
The flavor is at once creamy and sweet yet robust and bitter. Strong hop bitterness leads the way and doesn’t let up, providing a throughline that the rest of the flavor dances around. The hops aren’t content to be a bit(ter) player, though. Herbal, earthy, almost vegetal flavors intermingle with serious grapefruit, mango, and citric hoppiness. Notes of light malt come through: a clean and malty, almost bready, flavor. This contributes a bit of sweetness that is frustratingly evasive. For a moment it almost seems balanced, then the bitterness rears its beautiful head.
Skinnyviking (8427) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 25, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. High creamy and lasting off-white head. Slightly hazy peach coloured body. Pleasant hops dominated aroma with fruity notes in the background. Flavor with a good balance between the malt and the hops. Dry bitter and long lasting. Low carbonation. Alcohol level seems just right.
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at 123. A nicely hopped ale. Better than most in the style. I have yet to try a GI i didn’t like
Defreni (2919) - Husum, DENMARK - APR 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flaske: God kraftig bitter duft. Blomstret smag på en meget bitter øl. Rigtig fin IPA men ikke speciel.
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy amber with nice white head. Aroma of some pine, pineapple, and some malt. Flavor of some malt, hoppy pine, nice small bitter that lingers a bit. Mouth feel is medium body with high carbonation. Over all, pretty good IPA, easy drinking and tasty!
gary07734 (500) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours copper with an egg white head. Taste and aroma are good hops, citrus and sweet orange flavours with a good bitter-sweet finish. Very lttle alcohol apparent. A good beer.
Block (2073) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - APR 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange pour with a white head. Pleasant aroma of hops and sweet malts. Very easy to drink. Great hop flavor throughout but not overly potent. Very balanced and sessionable.
gunnar (7394) - Sandnes, NORWAY - APR 4, 2009
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours deep brown, hazy with a minimal white head. Strong hoppy aroma. Powerful taste, starts quite sweet malty. slightly bitter mouthfeel.
ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - APR 3, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at The Hairy Monk in NYC. Poured a nice orange yellow color, crystal clear with lots of carbonation. Aroma was mild hops and malt. Flavor was a bit hoppy, but nothing extreme. Perfectly serviceable session beer, if a bit high on the ABV for a good sessioner.