hopdog (8940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle acquired in trade with Ughsmash. Poured a medium and hazy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of stronger pine with some grapefruit. Tastes of citrus and pine. Has a light sweetness to it in addition to the bitterness.
pivnizub (8873) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - JUL 30, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Deep golden coloured, light hazy, firm lacing small foamy layer; deceptive rich hoppy aroma: aromatic, sweet, herbal, floral....; strong and dry bitter flavour, surprisingly light bodied, fizzy, but smooth mouthfeel, just a little sweetness in the background; very persistant floral hoppy finish, supported by a juicy maltiness. This is the real thing ! A superbly crafted Ale !
Theydon_Bois (8727) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle share with JF on Southampton beer up - 09/09/12.
Pale golden with a large frothy white head.
Nose consists of pine, hops, caramel and citrus.
Taste comprises caramel malts, grapefruit, toffee.
Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a smooth finish.
First time I’d had this since a visit to Clybourn in ’05 - forgotton what a decent no frills IPA it is!
maeib (8726) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2014 Golden colour with minimal head. The aroma is citrusy with notes of lemons. The flavour is immensely hoppy but too extreme. Almost like grapefruit at breakfast which desperately needs sugar. Too hoppy for me but doubtless a fine beer. Score 3.1
Subsequent ratings scored 3.5, 3.8, 3.6, 3.6, 3.6 and 3.6. Average becomes 3.5
Sammy (8663) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Gold color, dissipitating foam. Lace. Grapefruit citrsu hoppy floral aroma. Grapefruit taste with some bitterness. Light creamy texture. Dry aftertaste with bit of burn. Distinctive American hops, bit aggressive and tongue still numb,
Drake (8563) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle courtesy of thetomG (Secret Santa Winter 10). Pours a clear pale amber color with a medium sized frothy head. Good head retention and lacing. The aroma is loaded with floral hop notes and also has notes of citrus hops, caramel and nutty notes. The taste is bitter leafy and earthy hops, some nutty notes, and a faint citrus hop and caramel finish. Medium bodied. Quite nice.
MoritzF (8493) - Bochum, GERMANY - APR 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle, 35.5cl) Hazy, pale golden colour with a blond and firm medium-sized foamy head. Fresh and fruity hoppy aroma, slightly piney and spicy with a mild pale malty blend. Bitter-sweet flavour, quite light bodied according to its abv, moderately carbonated mouthfeel. Soft pale malty base with fruity (citrus, pine apples) and spicy/piney hops, lingering into the light to moderately bitter and fruity finale. Clean and easy-going IPA.12.IV.10
GT2 (8444) - San Diego County, California, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a clear, light amber with a towering, tan head that has good retention and lacing. Aroma is buttery biscuit, some lemon, light citrus, tropical fruits. Taste is similar with lots of bready malt, lemon, fruits. Not very bitter. Buttery, rich on the palate. Not bad but fairly mediocre. A lovely session beer, but I would put this more as an amber ale than an IPA. But maybe this is just what a normal IPA is like rather than a enormous hop-bomb. I would perhaps use this as a starter beer for those just getting into the craft beer scene.
JoeMcPhee (8410) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Hazy rich golden colour. Thin white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, light sweet fruity hop nose. Spicy and citrusy with a touch of pine as well. Beautiful orange/grapefruit flavour mixed with some soft spiciness as well. Well-balanced and very tasty IPA.
Benzai (8246) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ The White Horse, Parsons Green, London. Slightly hazy light orange color, small creamy white to off-white head. Smell lightly fruity, lightly hoppy and bitter. Taste malts, moderately fruity, moderately hoppy and a lot ot bitterness. Medium carbo, medium body.