bpreo (1837) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 24, 2013
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice and hoppy. Nothing new, but still good. A decent alcohol content, and it’s always nice to try something new from Hop Valley.
Erasmus_ro (1575) - Alabama, USA - MAR 1, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear yellow orange with a diminishingly small, white head. Aroma is caramel, citrus pine. Taste is pine, caramel, somewhat sweet, some fruitiness. Fairly full, medium carbonation. Pretty nice.
JorisPPattyn (8122) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 1, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Small if stable, whipped eggwhite-like head, fed by lively carbonated clear orange-golden beer. Very citrussy nose with tangerine and grapefruit, rosewater and candied citruszeste. Bitter, fresh hopflavour, rootspices, dough. Again citruspeel - without the candy here. Really bitter finish, long-lasting. Medium bodied, oily-slick; well carbonated. Rather unidimensional palate. OK, nothing special as IPA’s go.
goozen (3138) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2015
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 0,33ltr: Hazy orange colored brew with an dry bitter taste with hints of citrus, grapefruit, pine and a little bit of caramel.
BeerBaboon (1659) - FINLAND - FEB 28, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours pale gold with white head. Aroma is pine and fruity. Flavour is bitter, sweet and fruity.
Alengrin (2742) - BELGIUM - FEB 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2015 "Northwest IPA" with irregular, creamy, yellowish white head and lightly hazy, light orange robe. Beguiling but quite ’dry’ IPA aroma, dry-hopped and dryishly citrussy, with impressions of hemp, dried orange peel, tangelo, overripe peach, mango, earth, salty old cheese, raw steak, bitter honey, hint of chicken soup, hazelnut oil, stale sweat, overripe mango, wet hay. Taste begins fairly neutral, vivid fruitiness alright, but less sweet and exotic than I got used to from American IPAs, minerally, fresh pineapple slices, dried apricot, redcurrant; sourish and faintly but still relatively prevalent salty touch, nutty and toasted biscuit malt background, hoppiness setting in quite rapidly and elegantly increasing towards the end, herbal, subtly citrussy (at least more subtle than most double IPAs), peppery, long, paired with persisting minerally saltiness enhanced by the hops as well as a weak lingering toasted maltiness. Perfectly fine American-style IPA, probably not the best I ever had in this particular style, but delivering alright. I guess having crossed the Atlantic and having spent some time (at least months) in some cellar has reduced a considerable amount of its vivid ’citrusness’ and has increased its ’cheesiness’ - but I can’t bother, I simply enjoyed this. Pleasant beer, makes me happy.
blackisle (964) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - FEB 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 33cl. Clear medium amber, good frothy off-white head, good retention, good sticky lacing; aroma malts, orange peel, grapefruit, pine, some lemon, citrus hops; taste medium bitter, slightly sweet, grapefruit, tangerine; medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation, aftertaste lingering mild dry bitter; very nice.
mile (3203) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 20, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Golden, hazy, small to average and mostly diminishing head. Moderate, malty and lightly sweetish aroma, some caramel and tropical fruitiness with some grapefruit - light citrus hoppyness. Body is medium, malty and lightly sweetish - sweetish flavor, some caramel and light tropical fruitiness, some grapefruit - citrus hoppyness, faint alcohol. Finish is average, malty and lightly sweetish, some caramel and light tropical fruitiness, grapefruit - some citrus hoppyness, faint alcohol. IPA with caramel. OK bitterness but could be drier (with less caramel).
Borresteijn (5068) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
35cl Bottle from De Bierkoning. Hazy deep golden colour, white head. Aroma is sweet, fruity, mango, caramel, resin, sweet orange. Flavour is medium sweet, orange, mango, resin, malts, caramel, tiny bit of toast, nice hoppy bitter finish. Light bodied. Tasty.
mjg74 (2606) - Salem, Oregon, USA - FEB 10, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from Roth’s. Light copper/golden in color. Fairly strong and somewhat pungent hop nose. Somewhat citric quality to it. Nicely hopped with some sweet grapefruit peel. Good IPA. Nice and quaffable.
olio (6799) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
355 ml bottle. No freshness info.
Pours cloudy golden-orange color with a large head. Quite stuffy aroma, hops competing with each other, mostly canceling each other out, leaning slightly towards sweet malty direction, piney notes also. Mandarin and grapefruits on the flavor, mild caramel notes, sweetish caramel and malt with some resinous hops. Bitter palate, at times has even slightly watery feel to it. Not sure how fresh this is but probably not the most recent bottle, sadly. The hop profile is quite unique, though not very balanced. Decent anyway.