KnutAlbert (6339) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at 137:ans, Södertälje.
Lovely barley wine nose, lots of barley turned to sugar. Glowing amber. PAst its sell by date, but this has blended into a flawless, sweet beer. Some bitterness in the back to keep it form getting to sugary. Next time I’ll try a fresh bottle to compare.
bgb1991 (127) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 8, 2013
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Awesome caramel malt aroma. Gorgeous amber colour and lacing head. For a double IPA, quite subtle on punchy flavour. Finishes with copper tones and a prominant malt character. Seems like they didnt try to dry the beer out. Nevertheless still an interesting beer.
andrewturba (1147) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 29, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a little hazy copper colour with an average sized dense beige head with bits of lace up the glass. Aroma is sweet tropical fruits, pine, faint alcohol and sweet caramel malts. Flavour is pine, resin, tropical fruits, caramel, medium-high bitterness balanced by a med-high sweetness. Easy drinking though a little on the sweet side.
Mattress63 (68) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle from Archive. Rather surprised at some of the previous ratings. This beer did it for me. Great colour and nice aroma leading to a good hoppy taste. Not too boozy for a 2IPA and thoroughly enjoyed with a feed of Thai food. I would have to say my favourite Holgate. Good beer.
winkle (476) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 16, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was as fresh as possible. I’d tried last years offering and it wasn’t in good nick, this was though. Smooth hoppy nose over a sweet malt body. Poured a deep amber/red-brown body. Smallish head that hung around. Hoppy upfront but in a smooth combination over the crystal malt notes. Surprisingly sessional for the abv, alcohol in well hidden. A really good IPA if fresh.
pintbypint (2781) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 19, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz brown bottle, best before Jan 31, 2014. The colour of this beer is dark orange/amber. The head is whitish, small, but lasting. Nose has some rich caramel and toffee, some hops that are citrusy and piney. Overall, leans on the sweet side and lacks enough hops for me.
Rangi (626) - NEW ZEALAND - JUL 6, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pleasant deep amber poor, head lacing the glass all the way down. Aroma of malt and hops. A harsh hop aroma to me. Flavour is a subtle hops with mellow maltyness. There is a pleasant sweet malt taste at start with a good amount of bitterness on the aftertaste.
Pyobon (1027) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Tap) Clear coppery amber with good white head. Good fall hoppy aroma. Light body nice carbonation. Lovely sweet and light start leads to an excellent big hoppy bitter finish. Overall a nicely balanced big IPA.
Jado (614) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - APR 1, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear chestnut brown with a small but lasting off-white head and noticeable carbonation. Scents of lemon, malt, flowers and pine on the nose. The taste shows hop bitterness with some citurs characters. The malt backing brings a light caramel sweetness towards the end. Agree with other comments though that this is not really a double IPA. The malts are certainly amped up, but the hops are too subdued. Tasty, but not really as advertised.
CitrusP (59) - Newcastle, AUSTRALIA - MAR 27, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had on tap and from the bottle. Average from both but maybe slightly better from the bottle. As people have said, a very non-descript kind of IPA. To call this a double is almost wrong, as it tastes far more like a single IPA. Too malt dominated, carbonated and thin. Not bad, being harsh though cause these guys can dobetter.