vinhol (296) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 24, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330 mil bottle from my brother via Olinda Cellars hop resin aroma nice Amber colour tastes is much like the aroma ok
Vanz (189) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Extremely large head just like the black sunshine, very piney aroma. Nice bitterness, good malt balance. Not as balanced as it could be hops wise, nice none the less.
M_Sack (403) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Light, cloudy gold with big, frothy white head with heavy lacing. Huge hop aromas of passionfruit and lemon blossom as well as a touch of biscuit toward the end. Big bitterness up front with resinous mouth feel. A solid malt backbone provides a gentle sweetness throughout. Flavours of grapefruit and pine dominate, although there is just a touch of biscuit and malt in the mid palate. Great beer
Niksko (375) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle into a tulip.
Pours a lovely clear light golden with a finger of creamy white head.
Nose is very tropical with some citrus. Lots of pineapple, grapefruit, mango. There’s also just a hint of that rye spiciness.
Taste is a light malt sweetness on the attack, some pineapple and citrus on the mid palate, with a really distinct pine and grapefruit on the finish along with just a hint of spiciness from the rye. There’s also that biscuit note that I love in an IPA. Bitterness is not out of control, and body is pretty light with good carbonation.
As it warms there’s a little bit of a vinous note which is pretty interesting.
A pretty good effort.
danlo (1316) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle. Browny orange amber colour, foam off-white head and aroma of passionfruit, pineapple, hop resin. Taste is malt & rye with an earthy spicey hop resin bitterness. Slightly oily mouthfeel, medium bodied, soft carbonation, lingering dry bitter finish. Quite drinkable IPA.
fletchfighters (1133) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not a lot of rye, more of a aggressive, heavily hopped IPA.
Cloudy straw yellow color. Good bright white head and nice lacing.
Nose is lots of tropical fruits, pine and grapefruit. Not a lot of malt, some slight sweetness and that is ok.
taste is sweet tropical fruits, pine, grapefruit and then touches of pepper and spice from the rye.
Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Full of resin and oil. Dry fruity finish.
A bit disjointed but a hop bomb
imaragingbull (572) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pours hop hazy yellow gold with light off white head and lace. Aromas of cat pee, citrus, pine and grass. Body medium light. Loving the Battery acid lupin hit of citrus and pine. Finish is tropical fruit. Hoppy!
Pyobon (970) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Hazy golden amber with good off-white head. Wonderful aroma full of fruit - peaches and orangey citrus - and sweetness. Well carbonated (a bit too carbonated when pouring) with medium body giving a smooth and velvety mouthfeel. Taste starts fruity and sweetish then the rye malt flavours come through before a very good hop filled bitter finish. I nice richer IPA.
ALLOVATE (2466) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A 2011 bottle that swayed the norm by tasting extra fresh when I finally got around to cracking the cap. Another excited to meet me brew from Hopdog, but I must say that once it settled in the glass it was a devilishly alluring ale indeed. Two inches of rocky, snow-white foam atop a sunny, yellow gold body with good clarity and radiance. Notes of strawberry liqueur, bubblegum, peach and pears in fruit syrup; in fact a veritable fruit punch of aromas waft heavily from the glass. Initial spice excites the palate; rye malt comes across nicely. Very long in the finish with a heady amount of herbaceous hops; all piney, weedy and hinting at vine clippings, camphor, eucalypt and mint with a drenching citric bolt. Well rounded with a backbone of toasted grains, rye and granola. Firm body with racy carbonation. Vinous as it warms; the citrus becomes fuzzy under a lot of tart berry notes and a touch of pineapple. Overall quite dry with a sharpness and aggressive bitterness that works well. Very much the fun to drink ale I secretly hoped it would be. Lip smacking good stuff! (33cL, Bottled Nov’ 2011, Freo Doctor, Fremantle)
LesArgen (220) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ooh, ah. Isn’t this a special IPA? From the moment it pours all cloudy and dark into the glass, the experience of drinking the Horns Up is a beauty. The aroma is surprisingly dry for an IPA, with few floral notes to speak of - this sure isn’t an APA derivative. Predominantly I smell biscuit, honey and citrus, but it’s neither grapefruit or lemon - I can’t quite put my finger on it. When drunk, a smooth malty (is it the influence of the rye as well) blanket spreads across the tongue before the dry hops descend and rip down the back of the throat. Refreshing, tart and delicious.