Marduk (1652) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 11, 2012
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap @Drink bar. Dark copper color. Small white head, stays. Sweet malts, caramel in aroma. Watery, light body, slught sweetness in the end.
BlackHaddock (2880) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
April 2009: I am having a Pale Ale day and this is my first one (Purity Mad Goose, Brew Dog Punk IPA and a Brooklyn East India Pale Ale to follow).
The 660ml brown bottle was out of date by two months on opening and was poured into two vase shaped glasses, one a pint, the other a half.
Looked fine, clear and mid-amber in colour, the head was almost white and full, staying for most of the tasting.
Hops dominated the aroma, not ’in your face’ nasty, just a good harty smell (First Gold and Challenger are used).
The hops are also the main feature of the taste, again not over the top. The beer has a good balance and all the ingrediants blend together to produce an easy drinking ale with a typical English IPA feel to it.
At 3.6% you don’t get a huge mouthfeel or heavy body, but you would never guess it had such a low alcohol content.
I am not a big fan of Greene King (for many reasons), but credit where credit is due, this is a good beer and one I have often drunk, although normally in cask form.
Swaroga (944) - Brussels, BELGIUM - APR 17, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2013 50cl bottle. Pours a light brown with a big creamy white head. Nose : toffee, dough, fruity cake. Crispy citrus. Sip : Low to medium density, the texture is creamy with low carbonation. The beer is dry and decently bitter. Malt flavours are bread, ginger cookie. It ends herbal bitter. Overall it’s a regular bitter with almost no alcohol but the flavour is decent and texture is really good. Easy drinker.
zacgillbanks (1465) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Morrison’s in Chester-le-Street. An amber ale with tea like floral flavours, vanilla notes and a hoppy, burnt toffee and fruity finish.
Nisse666 (3539) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 5, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from SB cons 2012-04-05 Göteborg
Ar: hoppy, wee caramel, brown bread
Ap: clear ruby colored body, 2 cm frothy wee bubbly steady brownish creme beige head
F: fizzy, thin body, wee caramel, alcholic, bread, medium ++ bitterness
laiti (4534) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 9, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught @ Olutravintola Kahdet Kasvot
Aroma has bready malt, toffee and goldings hops. Flavour has toffee, some hay and hints of caramel. Surprisingly much hops for the style. But still yet another toffee-filled British bitter.
dEnk (3102) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 4, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ home. Aroma is hay, straw, some hops. Flavour is light to medium hop bitterness, grassy and flowery.
foxo82 (596) - Tamworth (via Leicester), Staffordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2012
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2012 Bottle from Tesco, Syston. Pours a clear brown with a slight reddish tint. Decent aroma of honey, ginger, a hint of smoke. All downhill from there, though - head is thin and uneven, soon disappearing completely. Initial bitter taste soon subsides to be replaced with...not that much. Mild honey/cardboard. Medium carbonation makes for a fizzy texture on the tongue. Too rough. Too abrupt.
Braudog (5345) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Can. This is 3.6%? At first glance that surprised me. OK, after drinking it, I can accept that. Pours a nice, reddish-copper color, quite still, yet displaying a nice 1/2 inch pad of solid foam. The aroma is somewhat nutty, but fairly caged, not hinting at much at all. The beer drinks with a relatively thin body, a funky woodsy edge and a metallic finish. Americans expect something quite different from an IPA, and I’m glad to see this is stylized as a "bitter" because it fits that mold much more. (#4481, 2/22/2012)
Grima (2000) - Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - FEB 13, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sorry for the german rating, but this is a lousy rating from my "newbie" time (2007-2009), and it’s not worth of being translated. I just added it for the statistics, and to complete my backlog!
Im Glas steht ein kräftig orangenes, dunkles amberfarbenes IPA. Der Geruch ist hopfig fruchtig, kaum bitter. Der Antrunk erfolgt dann erstmal sehr rezent, zitrusartig mit gutem Bitterhopfen, der allerdings in meinen Augen zu lasch wirkt. Der Abgang ist fruchtig zitrusartig. Die Mitte wird etwas bitterer, aber es ist insgesamt doch zu lasch. Vom Aroma her ein gutes Bier, aber für ein IPA eindeutig zu mild…