RuneStumo (2375) - FØRRESFJORDEN, NORWAY - JAN 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
29.01.2012. 0,5l Bottle. vinmonopolet.no. Hazy and unclear pale brown colour with white head. Lively carbonated for ae English pale ale. Aroma is malty with spruce hops. Medium tpo thin body gives a mouthfeel that is a little thin. Nice flavours of malt and bitter spicy spruce. Bitter aftertaste with notes of fresh green spruce shoots. Gets better the moore you drink and I think this is a very good ale.
Vignale (2495) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from systembolaget. Pours cloudy, orange/brown, with small offwhite head. Big hoppy aroma of citrus, pine and grass. A steady body for a pale ale, citric pile bitterness, medium fruityness and newly cut grass. Farely bitter, fresh and rather dry. A fullbodied pale all, close to an IPA. Well balanced and well hopped. A really positive surprice from a brewery that have disappointed me most times so far.
POLK (2219) - Hørning, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
050511: Good light pale ale with a slightly sweet taste. a lively beer with a fine dishwater like foam. The brewery writes that it is English in style, but there is used American Amarillo hops?. Too much carbonation. Burp.
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
0.5 L bottle from Vinmonopolet. Two fingers of creamy blond foam on top. Body is near-clear deep yellow, with a golden glow. Clean malt aroma. Fairly dry, lightly toasted. Nice smell of flowers and mild spices from the hops. Taste is balanced and hormonious. Gently sweet, medium strong malt body. Lightly toasted, with a pleaseant sourish tone and a note of barley grain. Properly hopped. Flowers and grass, faint apricot and earth tones. Also a fair amount of bittering. Healthy body. Slick in the mouth. Nice all over.
Palme (3603) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 22, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
0.5l bottle. Pours a cloudy orangecopper body with a big creamy off-white head leaving big lacing down the glass. Aroma is really nice with strong notes of fruity hops. Also some citrus, pale malts and a light sour note in there as well. Really nice aroma for a pale ale. Medium-bodied, oily to watery mouthfeeling and average carbonated. Nice and malty flavors with some grassy hops, light hints of alcohol and it ends nicely with a mild watery finish, leaving a nice medium bitter and grassy aftertaste. Quite nice one.
larsga (6676) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 12, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium offwhite head. Clear pale amber body with carbonation. Fruity earthy toffee aroma with pea notes. Dry-sweetish earthy peas and grain taste with fruity spicy notes. Light body. Fizzy mouthfeel. Dry spicy herbal tropical fruit aftertaste with wooden earthy notes. Faint minerals, too. Interesting mix of the austere and the lushly tropical. (0.5l bottle, wine monopoly.)
Rasmus40 (13623) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear golden with a white head. Aroma is sweet, malty and moderate hoppy - fruity. Flavor is medium sweet and light bitter. Light bitter finish. Good balance. 270511
Jaksmart (454) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 31, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hazy orange color, small white head. Aroma has broccoli, vegetables, honey, wort and oatmeal. Very organic and full of flora. Some bread, malt, kitchen yeast and some hops in the back. Not very charming. Taste is dry with more sourness than bitterness. Maybe it’s just an old bottle.
ClubGonzo (4623) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 20, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Hazy deep honey color, medium white head. Nose is pale malts, some uncanny canny hints (sorry, just had to :-P) and citrus. A bit strange, overall. Taste is pale malts, hints of citrus and grass. A bit low on flavor, and could also be fresher; despite a substantial grassy hop bitterness it still ends up feeling a bit too sweet. An OK pale ale, but vastly overrated and nothing that really tickles my pickle. Besides, the price is just ridiculous: 79 NOK (around 15 USD at current rates) for a mediocre 5,9 % APA is just lunacy, even for *Norwegian* standards... :-S Someone is making a lot of profit here; whether it’s the brewery or importer I don’t know but since the profit margin for Vinmonopolet (the state-owned strong alcohol monopoly store chain in Norway) it’s not the last end of the chain, at least. Definitely won’t buy again.
jikvig (269) - NORWAY - APR 30, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Quick-review: A nose dominated by citrus, caramell an a little acidic malt. A fruity flavour with a good caramellmalt in the back. A balanced bitternes, not very full bodied but a decent beer.