AlphaOne (142) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 2, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nitro keg. Served too cold (obviously, this is Australia after all). Golden amber, nitro head. fairly hoppy earthy slightly woody aroma, some caramel. The flavour is very dry, with light caramel, earthy wood, apple banana and peach, toasty with light bitterness.
tipsytoad (85) - JERSEY - JUL 30, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2004 Mediocre, run of the mill, middle of the road, average but perhaps acceptable. Hops and malt balanced but lacks body and complxity. a beer which, in my opinion is for the inexperienced real ale drinker, the first timer. Large breweries such as Green King are a gateway to the real ale market because they are much better than the ’smooth’ beers but are not as complex and aquired as microbrews. Significant taste so as not to startle the flavour starved taste buds of ’smooth’ orientation but not to overwhelm. Also called ’Real Ale’ which bridges that gap too. IPA ?
Re-rate: silver medal in the champion beer of Britain awards!! unbelievable! why? other micro breweries, aside from producing better beers, are more in need of publicity and prestige than green king. shocking decision.
macdeffe (52) - Århus, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2004
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
NIce IPA ale, but a bit dry lacking the sweetness I assciate with other IPA style beers. The aroma is hard to pick up
BigBilly (127) - London W3 6PF, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
660ml clear bottle. Poured a clear amber with golden brown head. Little carbonation. Chilled to 12 deg C. Soapy hops aroma. Strong hops flavour, not quite as bitter as I expected. Mouthfeel a bit watery. Very short finish. An allright session beer but its usually too warm on draught for me.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2004
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle: Pours clear amber with a beige large bubbled head. Aroma of malt (toffee) with a bit of grassy hops. Medium smooth body. Pretty bland taste, just a bit of clean malt and some noble hop flavour. Nothing else really there. Be great as a session beer but its not an IPA.
fiulijn (16477) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 6, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clean amber color. No hop aroma: grass, caramel, sugar. Too light and poor mouthfeel, just some malt and the necessary bitterness. Easy drink; not at all an IPA!
Garrat (1311) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2004
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2005 Bottle,Can.A pants pint,I have used it many times as a last resort,how this wins awards is beyond me.
hetkey (5) - USA - APR 7, 2004 does not count
0.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
What would I do for a pint of Green King IPA? I'd switch to John Smith's Yorkshire Bitter (in cans). I lived up the street from Bury St. Edmunds, and no one I knew drank this local beer.
BATLMULLET (127) - Highland, Indiana, USA - MAR 31, 2004
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask, The Eagle, Cambridge, UK. Somewhat disappointingly thin. Good golden color, slight head. Crisp yes, but not crisp enough, nor big enough. I guess my expectations for an IPA are based on the American palate that needs a huge amount of hops in great IPA. Not unenjoyable though.
Sigmund (5803) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 10, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2005 660 ml bottle, bought in Norway. Tawny colour, moderate head, moderate "standard bitter" aroma. Flavourwise it’s much like the cask version: Smooth and drinkable, not offensive in any way, but not very exciting either.