ClubGonzo (4179) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 10, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Vinmonopolet in Valkendorfsgate, Bergen. Pours a deep bronze-golden body with a firm, creamy off-white head of moderate size. Nose is caramel, syrupy hop tones, hints of cactus, pine and mild citrus. Taste is peppery, syrupy bitter hop tones with herbal cacti components. Caramel and dry bitter grass in the finish, with near-astringent bitter hop aftertaste without ever going overboard. Full body, smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Lovely. Another wonderful DIPA from Green Flash, I really love what these guys are doing with hops. :-)
k0mpsa (1328) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - OCT 6, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2012 Bottle at kahdet kasvot, tampere. Clear golden color with big white head. Rich aroma of fruits and hops. Fruity taste and serious hops, some sweetness. Delicious one!
faroeviking (10288) - FAROE ISLANDS - OCT 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Botella en casa. Nice amber colour, off-white nice big head. Pleasant fruity piney caramel aroma. Good mouthfeel. Hoppy caramel fruity piney peachy like flavour with a good well above bitterness.
Kestral (506) - Årnes, NORWAY - OCT 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear, deep amber with a large, frothy offwhite head. Massive aroma of juicy, mealy hops. Very ripe fruits, grass, grapefruit, syrup or brown sugar. A slight burnt note, liquorice.. a little boozy and kind of peppery. A sip reveals it’s sort of true to its name. Bitter as hell, but actually seems decently balanced for a second, before the finish kicks in. The finish is pretty brutal though, definitely not one for the sweettooths. It gives off a burnt and peppery feel in the mouth, with resiny bitterness. Body is full, carbonation is calm. I don’t know, I think I’d like a less heavy version of this. A lighter one, with fresher hop aromas instead of overripe ones, less booze and a more lively body. I get that this is supposed to be a sipper, but a little better drinkability wouldn’t hurt. It is a good one though, but it’s not entering no list of favourites of mine.
tfredvik (1182) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good-looking, slightly hazy, medium amber body with a copper-ish orange tint, but the frothy and quite short-lived off-white head is a bit too sad. Very strong aroma that is heavy hoppy and also very sweet, first of all in a malty caramel way. There are of course lots of sweet fruity elements as well, and they are quite overripe. This is actually the first time I’ve really enjoyed a DIPA with distinct overripe fruity notes! Peach, citrus, resin and a whiff of alcohol. The taste is moderate sweet with a heavy bitterness in the long-lasting finish. The sweet caramel is the backbone in the flavour profile as well, along with the heavy hoppy notes of fruits, resin and also some herbs and a bit of alcohol. Medium to full body, oily texture, very soft carbonation, moderate dry finish. Brilliant beer!
[35.5 cl bottle, from Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo]
Palme (3533) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
0.355l bottle. This is a quite delicate looking blurry amber-honey colored thing with a big lasting almost fluffy top that stick around for a while. On the nose I get licorice, tons of strong leather-like American-fruity hops. Really thick and malty also, with an almost hedge-like hoppyness. There is just no doubt that this is a strong and heavy DIPA. Just to rest your mind it’s not leaving much doubt in the taste either. Lovely hoppy all the way. Both pine and grassy bitter hops dancing on the tongue. Some fruity and sweet caramel tones in between here, ripe strawberries perhaps? Also, that licorice thing is present in the taste. It has a rich oily mouthfeel and the carbonation level is pretty much average. Delicious. 21.09.2012
Idiosynkrasie (4026) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - OCT 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml bottle. Clear dark orangey golden colour with average, firm, frothy to creamy, moderately lacing, off-white head. Hoppy aroma with piney resin notes, grapefruit, tangerine. Taste is sweaty, cheesy, malty, some resin, pine, bitter hop throughout.
ekstedt (5583) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (355 ml) from bierkompass.de. CLear amber, medium white head. Wonderful fresh hop aroma with peaches, apricots, tangerines, some perfumy and piney notes. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Dry with massive clean bitterness.
Dredd (700) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - SEP 29, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Palate Wrecker huh? Interesting beer in that it shows how hoppy a beer can get. Aroma is hops, hops and hops, like opening a sachet of hops to pitch in to a brew, except this is after the full process. That is impressive.
Flavour wise, it is exactly like one would expect, an overwhelming amount of hops, there is some malt in there, but not what you would call a well balanced act. Interesting, but starts to get a bit like pine-o-clean with the amount of hops here.
n0mel (250) - FINLAND - SEP 27, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma is fruit and hoppy, some citrus, almost sweet. The flavor is full-on hoppiness: very bitter, dry, mouth-watering, some alcohol burn at the end. However, this bitterness is still balanced by fruity sweetness. I would not have believed it beforehand, but the name of this beer certainly is apt. This might be a good night-ender, or you would need a long pause before the next beer. I don’t know how theoretical IBU’s translate to a real sensation, but this was more bitter than Mikkeller 1000 IBU. Palate Wrecker is a very nice beer, if you like very hoppy beers.