noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I tried the bottle conditioned variety. Who designated this an American Pale Ale style? It says IPA on the label and I think if Hampshire can make beer they probably know what they’re brewing! So I’m reviewing a bottled IPA:
Attractive, very dark brown bottle. Nice but strange label. Poured out golden tarnished brass color, small quickly fading creamy head, minimal lacing. Aromas of flowers, rose hips, herbs, citrus,coffee. Taste was at first floral then the strong hop bitterness kicked in. Not sweet and only mildly malty, with a background of prunes, sherry and claret. Hint of yeast, but the hops are clearly the star of this show. Not overly carbonated but refreshing. Mouthfeel is spot-on for an IPA. Solid and weighty, but not overly so, each mouthful leads you want another.
pilsnerrogge (2351) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUN 23, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
If you’re into hops, this one’s for you. It’s everywhere; aroma, flavour , finish.
argo0 (11079) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 15, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I’m trying to think of the last time I’ve had an English IPA, and am drawing a blank. How odd. Well, if the rest are like this one, then I’ve been missing out. Full floral hoppy aroma. Grapefruit is the dominant taste; the flavor is richly hoppy, complemented nicely by a fair array of hops. Goes down bitter and remarkably crisp. And all this despite being 4 months past the ’Best By’ date.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aurelius (3719) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Monster UK IPA. Sensual fruity nose (not that I’m into sensuous fruits...) Good balance of hops (Kent, Fuggles, some NA West Coast?) makes for an excellent bittering. Dry, Otter malt, almost surely. I got a bit of the orange, but none of the grapefruit. A little vanilla in there somewhere, and the CO2 gives a little ginny taste. Buttery palate. Quick bitter finish. Good label, orange-gold brew, good homebrew pint bottle, thin wispy sediment. Highly recommended.
redlem (1290) - Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2007 Magnificent. A clear orange color with a medium rocky white head. A veritable citrus garden of aroma since each waft bring in a new fruit. First is grapefruit, then tangerine, oranges and lemon. Hops are ever present in the aroma and taste that impart a pleasant bitterness that leaves you wanting more. By far the best IPA I have had.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I wish I could get this on tap in NJ. Deep golden color. Fruity and citrussy aroma with plenty of hops. Perfect carbonation. Yummy rich malt with lots of hops. This could be a personal favorite if it were only more available.
turtlehead (111) - Nottingham, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 26, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Simply put this is a great IPA. Very clear, almost too clear. This beer makes me wish I had some more.
brewbear (48) - 3096 Oberbalm, SWITZERLAND - DEC 30, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice IPA, good hop flavor, mild carbonation, nice citrus aroma. A good example of a "modern" British IPA
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 4, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden orange, copper tone with firm white head.
Hoppy aroma with soapy and herbal tones. Malty when warmer.
Hoppy flavor. A bit sweet. Roasted malt.
Then the fun begins,
the finish of this beer is the longest and most intense I´ve had in a bitter. It evolves and becomse a bit soapy in the end. And I´m lovin every minute of it.