Oakes (13156) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 3, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber-red colour. Cloudy, with a thick head. Hop aroma is rich with tropical fruit (mango, kiwi, cantaloupe). Rich, deep bitterness and stacks of fruit on the palate, plus a sweet underpinning that is mainly pale malt but with a firm, light crystal malt stickiness. A fat dose of yeast, long and pithy and Orvallish, adds complexity yet somehow avoids impeding the exceptional brightness of this beer. So rich, complex, bright and rewarding, this beer f’n rocks. Simply one of the best IPAs I’ve ever had.
argo0 (11898) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 13, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Small beige head atop clear copper body. Aroma is medium sweet, orange/grapefruit, some bread. Taste is moderately sweet, orange, some pine/grapefruit, light bread/caramel. Soft medium body, light acidity.
Lubiere (10766) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 13, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
A reddish dark amber ale with a thin off white head. A nice hoppey aroma, with berries, and oragne notes. In mouth, a sweetish lactic malt, with caramel and floral hops, but a bit thin and short in mouth. On tap at Vices versa, Jan. 2007.
Bov (10123) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
@Mondial de la Bière 2010, Strasbourg - hazy blond colour with a solid pale beige foam left; fairly hoppy with notes of caramel and citrus, almond and honey; medium to full-bodied; fairly bitter but not in an aggressive way; long flowery and fruity notes in a lingering hoppy finish - balanced
hopscotch (9954) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hand bottled (with an itsy bitsy leak)... Cloudy golden ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Good retention. Spicy phenols, herbal hops and apple/pear esters dominate, olfactory-wise. Medium-bodied with spunky carbonation. Middle-of-the-road bitter; lightly acidic; herbal & spicy. Lengthy, fairly bitter, tongue-numbing (think Novocain) finish. Has some Orval qualities... that means it’s strange, but brilliantly - or maybe by accident - pretty darn good. Many thanks to Glouglouburp for taking the time to bottle and ship this one!
hopdog (9537) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Capones. Poured a deeper and hazy amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of floral hops, citrus, and some earthiness. Tastes of the same.
Sammy (9256) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
West Coast style IPA from this up and coming brewpub eventually brewery. Samped at Mondiale 2007. Fresh, orange with a little head. Grapefruit nose. Orange citrus taste. Medium mouthfeel and very refreshing finish. Top 15% IPA.
JoeMcPhee (8819) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by puzzl. There was quite some confusion and discussion about this beer, but we’ve managed to agree to rate it. Deep amber beer with some thick white head. Quite yeasty. The aroma is very fruity and estery with lots of berry/apple aroma and a touch of light spice and banana. There is a bit of earthy/woody hoppiness as well, but this is more prominent in the flavour than it is on the nose. Lightly leathery and fruity with a bit of mintiness on the back. Some lingering orange peel and dusty bitterness as well. Completely different in bottles apparently than it is on tap.
mcberko (8425) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Apex, pours an opaque orange with a small beige head. Aroma of floral hops, citrus and doughy / biscuity malt. Flavour of leafy, grassy hops, orange peel, with a very pleasant grassy finish. Medium-to-full bodied with a very well-crafted flavour profile. Very nice.
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2009 My Bottom Line:
This starkly unfiltered IPA is chock full of pine-pricked, earth-covered oranges bursting out of and growing within a scrumptiously nutritious caramel malt body. Full of honesty and smacking goodness, this is yet another Hopfenstark product with which I wouldn’t mind spending many evenings.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy head settles atop the opaque orangey red.
-A well-conceived cereal/caramel malt base provides plenty of support and almost balance the dallying hop presence.
-A Simcoe-like sandy character is perceived within the Centennial dominance.
-This is quite easy to down despite its size and richness in content.
-This frank IPA would easily fit in Willimantic’s lineup of idiosyncratic IPAs.
-For some reason, it tends to express itself a lot better on cask.
From bottles, and on tap and on cask at Vices et Versa.