Brewed by Hong Kong Beer Co.
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Chai Wan, Hong Kong
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 2.51/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.6   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Dry-hopped, traditional West Coast India Pale Ale with a freshness and balance that can only be found in a locally brewed beer. Its robust flavors sit on a rich base of malt, complimented by bracing bitterness, and the lingering citrus and pine aromas of American Cascade hops.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Melker (231) - Varberg, - JUN 19, 2014
At the roundhouse taproom (tap). Not hoppy enough, dull and a bit thin. Fruity and a little bit caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jgb9348 (4946) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2015
Nice crisp, very slightly hazy copper and bronzed coloured body with a single centimetre tall just off-white head and literally no carbonation when opened up from the bottle. Aroma of bread, yeast, earth, caramel, nuts and tons of cardboard. Medium-bodied; Very bready flavour with a good deal of yeast, cardboard, alcohol and a bit of pungent cereal flavours, all with some resin. Aftertaste shows the deep pungent malt, caramel and cereal notes that are of course coupled unfortunately with the yeast and bread. Overall, an unfortunately not good IPA that isnít a very good beer in general with some deep pungent flavours that arenít very nice, just a touch too deep and way too bready/yeastie. That said, to have an attempt at an IPA that was physically produced in the greatest city in the world is pretty neat - finally some of the British influence wore off on the city - perhaps some American influence can come next alongside all of the American attitudes and stores there. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from City!Super in Harbour City, Kowloon, Hong Kong on 02-July-2014 for HK$21,00 with the standard HK produced label, best before 15 June 2015. I brought this bottle back to the opposite side of the world and even though this wasnít good at all, iíd do it again in a heartbeat!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CacheManyHose (311) - HONG KONG - OCT 20, 2014
Transparent orange-amber with foamy white head that disappears almost completely. Small amount of lacing. Decent carbonation. Aroma is surprisingly malty for an IPA - very sweet and funky/vegetal. Molasses, bread, some citrus/grapefruit. Taste is bitter and lightly grassy at first, becomes sweetly malty, then dissipates. Palate is light-to-medium and relatively oily. Not sure why this is classified as an IPA when the malt is so much more present than the hops. Something about this beer smells and tastes a bit musty and unfresh.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
hopkone007 (15) - - AUG 24, 2014
No need to gild the lily I guess. This is not an IPA - where are the hops? It tasted malty like an English bitter but also green and unrefined. Also prominent alcohol warmth. Doesn't taste like 80 IBUs. Appearance and mouthfeel were fine.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ratman197 (10562) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Bottle poured a hazy reddish amber with a lasting ivory head. aromas of bread, earthiness, citrus and light pine. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of bread, orange zest and light pink grapefruit with a smooth dry lingering citrus finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
kitchenbrewer67 (14) - - AUG 9, 2014
Tastes very much like an amber / scotch ale, but somehow green and unfinished. Hops are very faint, if at all present. If they did not call it an IPA, it would probably work better. Not for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
simdel (4) - USA - AUG 8, 2014 does not count
A really nice beer. I have recently discovered this beer and have been enjoying popping into IFC City Super to get a couple of bottles to drink on the ferry going home. It has a light grapefruit aroma and very refreshing taste. Nice reincarnation of this beer from this company.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
WheatKing (1319) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 5, 2014
Just had their Dragons Back and donít find this any more hoppy. Nose is orangy hops, flavourís same, pretty sweet, in fact for an IPA this is REALLY sweet. Possibly made for the local palate but Iím from the PNW and this doesnít resemble West Coast IPAs Pretty vegetal/green. Needs a rework. Iíve brought IPAs over and my family loves them, btw. Asians are certainly not averse to bold flavours; itís quite the opposite. People here get off on "extreme cuisine". I think the brewing industryís dead wrong in their conservative "regression to sweetness" atm.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thorongil2 (1476) - , Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2014
(bottle) clear deep amber colour with a small tan head; aroma of fruit; simple flavour, somewhat harsh, long medium bitter finish

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
GoufCustom (950) - HONG KONG - APR 27, 2014

330 ml bottle bought at Liquid Assets in Central.

Clear, dull amber colour; Three-quarter finger head and soapy off-white foam which fades in 30 seconds; Moderate sticky lacing with notable carbonation; Aroma of ale malt, with grapefruit, light papaya, very light pomelo, pine, floral nectar, and light molasses; Sweet and dull taste of ale male, with light grapefruit essence, worts, strong pine, yeast, soggy bread, strong lime, bitter hops and grass; Mid to light body, oily and cloying palate; Mouth feel, like its colour, is dull and groomy: grapefruit is light and stale, pine is very strong but extract-like. The worst of all, is quite worty - itís oily, tastes pretty raw, unfresh and cloying. Yikes!Ö Hoppiness is light, stale grapefruit / citrus, floral and strong pine nose and taste; Moderate bitterness unable to overcome the wort for mostly cloying light bitter finish; Fairly dry after taste. Worty and oily to mouth.

Comments: This is a failure. Itís partially fermented, taste worty and cloying, and whatever decent light Cascade fruity aroma was all ruined by its dull dank and groomy palate. Canít bother any further. Drain pours.

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