swampwater (37) - Preston, Lancashire, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2015
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: Toffee, orange peel, and a hint of caramel.
Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber colour, with a lingering white head.
Taste: Caramel, orange, and a slight hoppy bite.
Palate: Quite sweet throughout, with a bitter aftertaste. Light body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Quite unusual... in a good way. A nice, sweetish beer, with enough of a hop kick at the end to remind you itís an IPA.
donniemillan (73) - AUSTRALIA - APR 4, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Itís a strange beer all round. It pours bright orange with thin lacing, lots of sediment (or does this actually have fruit in it?). The aroma is not much hops, lots of citrus and a strong grain smell, has that funk hops smell of Belgian beers. The taste is very smooth, light, low bitterness, lots of toffee malt flavours but not syrupy at all, very refreshing. They say itís an IPA but Iíd call it a session Belgian ale... with fruit.
davidm (1978) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from K&G. Very malty, with good balance of citrus, but not really an IPA.
shoulderbroken (2475) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2013 Tap at Yellow Ape. Golden colour, small white head. Aroma orange, bit of yeastiness. Taste nice enough, decent orange, bitterness again, quite sweet but something not quite there. I like orange stuff so was a bit disappointed. Will try again some time. Rerate at home from bottle. Either I was pissed or it wasnít as good on tap. Still not mindblowing, but the orange taste is pretty nice. Aroma is a bit caramelly and subtle orange. There is still something not quite there. Taste is good, but something about the body maybe. It feels too thick and not refreshing and crisp enough for me. But definitely prefer it this time.
JohnRMurdoch (3603) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small bottle from Le Collier Marunouchi, Tokyo Railway Station. Pinkish orange brown, good head. Oregano resin hop aroma. Tastes like a herby pizza. Never had a beer like this before. Smooth with spicy aftertaste. Not sure why this is classed as a wheat beer. More a spice herb vegetable. Would go great with a pizza.
laiti (6499) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle @ home, BBE 04/2015
Aroma is rather sweet and heavy with caramel, some resiny hops and orange. Also some citrus. Flavour has grapefruit, fruity hops, resiny tones and caramel. Unusual IPA, but I seem to enjoy this. Heavy but still refreshing and not overwhelmingly sweet.
edsspoon (704) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - bright amber with a yellow head. Aroma of orange, grassy hop and lemon. Taste of orange, lemon, grassy hop, plastic and caramel. Medium body, medium carbonation.
biirusaikou (900) - - AUG 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fresh mikan aroma. Bitter orange, candy, fruity hops, bittersweet and sour finish. Good balance for a rich local fruity ale.
bhensonb (11997) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Capitol Beer in Sacramento, CA. Pours amber with a white head. Aroma is melon/citrus. Med body. Flavor is orange and some caramel. And a bit of floral. Finishes decently dry and somewhat bitter.
GoufCustom (965) - HONG KONG - DEC 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle bought at Craftissimo in Tsim Sha Tsui East.
Translucent honey orange colour; One and a half finger head and crumpet off-white foam which lasts about 3 minutes; Excellent sticky lacing with active carbonation; Fragrant sweet aroma of moderate ale malt, with orange flesh and peel, floral, honey, faint grapefruit, light vanilla and faint grass; Nice medium sweet taste of ale malt, with strong orange peel, light molasses, yeast, dough, light earth, light liquorices, strong lime, and strong herbal grassy hops; Mid to light body, oily palate; Mouth feel is lightened IPA with the usual grapefruit and pine elements being replaced by orange, peels and fruitiness. Still pretty malty and doughty. Sweetness is surprisingly low and pleasant; Hoppiness still shines with orange, floral and light grass in nose, strong lime, light earth and very sharp grass in taste. Astringency is lastingly good for finish; Fairly dry after taste, very fruity and hoppy to mouth.
Comments: This one has very good aroma, looks, heads and palate. Its taste somehow doesnít back it up: the orange taste is well expressed without being cloying, but at the expense of 3C-ish hops which makes micro IPA so tasty. With a little more 3Cs and fruity sweetness, itíll take off and blow you away. One step from being top!