PJhelm (7) - NEW ZEALAND - JUL 9, 2013 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really enjoyed this beer but its not as good as some of its kiwi equivalents. Lacks a great aroma of a imperial ipa and depth in the taste. Still a nice beer.
Pdubyah (183) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Itís nice boldly hoppy, but the cloudiness might be off putting. And I didnít get it to pour with a head, but that might in this case be my ability over itís ability. As it warms (ie as I drink more) the hop that dominates the profile flattens away to allow the hint of caramel and then the mostly grapefruit note to shine.
This is nice, and made me smile. Iíd rate this higher, and itís appearance made me frown though, itís overly cloudy or murky. But thatís my preference. Didnít stop me having another :-)
DylansDad (290) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This bottle was 2 months past its best before, maybe that would explain its relative ordinariness. The flavours that I smelt in the aroma were all there, and nice as they were they just didnít have much sparkle or 3-dimensionality. The most dominant feature to me was not the "fearless" hoppiness, rather the alcohol warmth in the finish. As it was, I think this would have been a good winter fireside sipper. If I didnít live in the winterless north and if I actually had a fireside, that is.
omega (583) - NEW ZEALAND - OCT 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Now being bottled in 330ml which is slightly different. When you pour this you know it is an IIPA from the get go. Big hop nose and a nice cloudy golden pour. Got a little bit of sweet caramel on the palate.
KevBrew (37) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slightly cloudy medium sized head, diminishes quickly. Lemon peel, lychee, honey, pine, pepper, grass, cookie dough. Alcohol sweet, round bitter finish. Great fuller flavoured beer.
TheRealMGD (548) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - AUG 13, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2011 750ml bottle from the brewery and tap (cask?) at Galbraithís. Hazy orange-gold pour with a short, white head leaving heavy lace. Citrus, fruit and pine nose. Medium-heavy body and moderate carbonation (light carbonation on tap) with subtle alcohol burn. Spruce, grapefruit, orange juice, peaches and apricot, supported by a caramel malt body. Hop profile predominates in the bottled version, but Stuntman is more balanced and smoother on tap. Long, bitter and sweet finish that is vaguely oily and cheesy. Very late there is more grapefruit. Bettered by their Hopocalypse Now in several ways, but will still be enjoyed by hopheads. About a 3.5 in the bottle, find it on tap for heaps more taste and complexity!
KapitiCritique (324) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - FEB 18, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Hashigo Zake. Big palate, creamy and oily and sticky. Murky brown colour- reminds me of raw cider. Big hops. Big. Citrus, floral, resin everything but herbal. A wee bit sweet. Certainly bitter, sour?
Vas (64) - NEW ZEALAND - JAN 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Hashigo Zake. After an Idiot IPA this was the perfect tonic. Gargantuan hop aroma in a cloudy, golden glass. The flavour was an uppercut delivered by a brick of sweet malt wrapped in layer upon layer of hops. Was it too good or too much I could barely tell. Thank the gods it only comes in 300ml glasses.
dbklord (6) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 21, 2010 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2010 Floral and citrus aroma
cloudy dark orange apparence with white foam head.
Super bitter and good.
Nice mouth Feel. Recomended.
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours murky orange, thin white head. Aroma is quite subdued, lemon zest hops with spicey undertone.
Flavour is huge, zesty lemon bitterness, very strong. Saved by some spice, then the bit biting bitterness returns for the long finish. I can feel that alcohol, brutal and tasty.