neuromatt (1139) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 mL bottle from Moose and Lisa, served in a branded tulip. Pours slightly hazy orange-golden with a small off-white head that fades to a thin remnant and leaves a small amount of fine lace. The nose has delicate notes of grapefruit, citrus peel and tropical fruit paired up with caramel and pale malts. The flavour is surprisingly bitter with huge citrus peel, pine and subtle tropical fruit; this overpowers the comparably soft caramel malts. The finish is long and bitter with lots of citrus peel and a touch of pepper. On the palate it is light-medium in body with a slightly acidic texture and soft carbonation. Overall, an interesting APA: starting out with a soft, delicate and fairly complex fruity nose, it proceeds to whip you with a massive citrus peel bitterness that is tasty but completely unexpected from the nose. Once you get past the shock, itís a nice brew; surprisingly flavourful for the 4.7% ABV. 2014-08-24
terrybail (594) - London, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle from the brewery
Pours a dark copper small head little lacing
wonderful hop fruity aroma
Nice slightly sweet big bitter after taste a great season APA
zimbo (553) - SCOTLAND - AUG 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The quality and promise of the beer Steve produced in Scotland have been rewarded with his purpose built brewery in Waterloo. And from what Iím tasting he seems to be sliiping into fifth gear.
Gorgeous beautiful tropical fruit and red berry nose. Hazy light yellowish colour with a silky glossy full white head which goes the distance. Soft yet firm and supple on the tongue with cleansing straw and fruit. The middle palate fades slightly but by the end the after taste recovers leading to a very long and satisfying finish. Great core strength and structure which hold up very well over the course of the glass and pushes out from the centre.
Impressive and very well crafted.
rob6239 (621) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours great deep golden colour with white frothed head. Aroma is strong of citrus and grapefruit. Taste is a bit of sweetness that melds into a finishing dryness. Caramel, dough, bread, notes in taste.
kevinsenn (1058) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler from brewery. Pours slightly hazy gold. Light tropical fruit aroma. Fairly malty, light citrus and tropical notes, very bitter. Light body. Pretty good!
matt7215 (2167) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from the brewery. Brought to Scott by Walter. 4.7 % abv version brewed at the new waterloo Ontario brewery. Very bitter. Nose is a little fruity. Reduced drink ability from the bitterness. Not terrible but there are plenty of better apas.
rjkreid (191) - SCOTLAND - OCT 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Citrus and grapefruit on the nose, continues in the mouth with a rather astringent acid in the back. Very dry and fairly lively carbonation. Enjoyable but a little heavy handed!
stravale (2075) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - SEP 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask @ The Caley Sample Room, 260912
Dark rich amber, hazy, thin white head
Aroma - sweet orangey caramel malts, citrus hops, soft resins
Taste - big citrus hops, big hop flavour, more hop flavour than bitterness, soft background of sweet orangey light caramel malts
Palate - soft carb, thin body, hoppy quite bitter palate (not as bitter as I thought it would be at 125 IBUs), flavour seems to fall a bit in the middle towards the finish. Finish as main flavour with some lingering grapefruit hops
Overall - Itís surprising I didnít find it all that bitter. I think it would be better at a slightly higher abv to support the hops, there just seems something a bit missing in there. Itís still rather good though
jamestulloch (1328) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: Grapefruit, passionfruit and some strawberry notes - smells like a fruit smoothie!
Appearance: Hazy, bright amber body with a massive off-white head. No visible carbonation. Lots of sticky lacing.
Taste: Very fruity and hoppy. Not much malt character here. Citrus tang with a long, bitter finish. Lovely.
Palate: Medium body with an initially oily texture that leads to a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Flat carbonation.
Overall: A surprisingly intense flavour for a 4.0% ABV beer. Not as bitter as I was expecting for 125 IBUs.
BeerCast_Rich (1847) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 11, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
[cask at the Bow Bar, Edinburgh] Extremely hazy coppery brown pour, bordering on the opaque. Aroma is grapefruit and hop oil, extremely resinous. The flavours are earthy and woody from the base hop oils, alongside that walloping citrus. I know what Steveís aiming for, and heís nailed it with this - it really is a session beer for hopheads. I also know heís going to be adjusting the recipe slightly as he goes on - this was from the first run of casks he produced at Alechemy, after all. To be honest, it tastes like itís been overly dry-hopped. Either it needs less, or it needs more alcohol to balance things out - itís unfortunately a bit rough around the edges at the moment. The building astringency of the dry hop made me stop after a single pint - hopheads will love it, however!