3fourths (8878) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2014 Bottle dated March 2013. Lightly hazed gold with a short white head. Lightly estery nose, some rice hulls and grain husks and saccharine and some vegetable hop aroma like kale and maybe some turnip.Fruity in the nose too, but more like dried pineapple and lychee pieces. Malt is a bit rough. Smells like wallpaper glue after it opens.
Bottle dated 2014 May. Intense spiced bubble gum, perfume, paraffin wax / glue, cedar shaving / pet urine and pineapple... and yep, the turnip note is still there a year later. Medium-full body, acidic and bitter, certainly bold but unnecessarily messy. When the oaked chardonnay note takes hold it has no chance with me. Ugh.
RobertDale (4721) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - AUG 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
550 ml. bottle. Pours a somewhat cloudy light gold with an average white head. Aroma of fruit, malt, and spice. Taste is citrus, malt, caramel, and spice. Nice!
olio (8455) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
55 cl bottle @ Timo A.
Pours clear pale golden color with a small head. Aroma of mandarin, orange zest, some pale malts, herbal and spice notes and some caramel. Flavor of pale malts, sweetish orange, herbs, faint spices and some bun dough. Quite odd for this style but still very tasty.
laiti (7789) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 1, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2014
55 cl bottle @ Timo A, BBE 03/2014
Aroma is a bit odd with apricot, hay and bun dough. Flavour is rather strong on apricot. Also yeasty bun dough notes and spices. Spicy notes get stronger towards the end of the glass. Odd stuff, not very typical to this style. Not sure which style this should be though. If this really is bottom fermented.
lusikka (7624) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
550 ml bottle, thanks olio. Pours a golden colour with a white head. Aroma of grainy malts, yeast, baking powder and citrus. Flavour of grainy malts, spices, citrus, grass, hay and straw. Baking powder and cinnamon in the flavour as well. Medium bodied, oily mouthfeel and a grainy sweetish finish. Interesting.
GoufCustom (1297) - HONG KONG - JUL 27, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
550 ml bottle bought at The Bottle Shop in Sai Kung.
Look: Translucent golden honey orange colour with flaky yeast sediments; Half finger head and white foam which lasts about 20 seconds; Small sticky lacing with small fizzy carbonation.
Aroma: Very fragrant and fruity, which can be smelt a feet away, inc. light fresh grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, jackfruit, light floral, light honey, and light malt.
Taste: Nice light sweet taste of mid to light malt, with strong dill, light grapefruit, light bread, citrus / lime and creeping grass.
Body: Medium body, quite thick and rich palate.
Mouth Feel: Slightly resembles Fuller’s English Strong Ales, with low key, light but tasty lager malt and some bready character. Like it already! Sorachi Ace also contributes expressive herbal dill, and some good low grapefruit in a soft carbonated, very relaxing feel.
Hoppiness: Sorachi Ace works like a T - damn refreshing and fleshy grapefruit plus assorted tropical fruits for nose, nice herbal dill, low-key grapefruit and moderate citrus for taste, and a slowly creeping bitterness which becomes prominent with further sips and ends with nice grassy finish.
After Taste: Slightly dry, very easy and refreshing to mouth.
Comments: This one has all the feel of a typically good Fuller’s ESAs, but it has all the nice features as advertised: Kaneko Golden malt is uniquely low key and tasty, and the Sorachi Ace’s fruitiness nose and nice dill taste is clearly expressed here. If anyone thinks Strong Pale / IPL are just crappy Euro macros, have a taste of this and you’ll find there are indeed greener pastures out there. Highly recommended!
BigHoss (171) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
First of all let me say wow! From a 11.2 FL.OZ bottle. poured a hazy golden yellow and the med white head disapates fast. I smell light citrus, malt, flowers, and baked white bread. I taste all of the same with some sweet caramel and light citrus. Wonderful!
RichTheVillan (5461) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; clear golden yellow pour with thin white head, lemon and malt aroma, taste is nutty with sweet malts a hint of caramel, some orange and bubblegum, sticky mouthfeel.
tia (1475) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Smells like apples. Golden, slightly hazy. Nice dry and lightly tart. I like this.
coyforce (684) - California, USA - JUL 12, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Delicious and smooth. Pour is cloudy with floaters. Nice white head on this brew. Taste is a bit lemony.