JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 23, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big ups to Pud for the hookup! Handsome, elegant pour of deep orange, with a silky head and vigorous carbonation. Lengthy aromatic suffusion from the start, with floral and fruit notes everywhere, and some sharp spice detectable. That comes across even more in the superbly balanced taste, with a crisp, spicy, dry finish to the otherwise righteously floral brew. In terms of its balance, complexity, and simple enjoyment, it’s very close to Pliny/Heady.
JaBier (4730) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at Jackie O’s Public House on 1/22/13. Clear gold to amber pour with a thick off-white head. Aroma of orange, pepper and piney hops. Malty flavor with orange and a pepperiness before a piney hop finish. Very nice and my favorite of the Mandala series. What the hell are Zythos hops? Who cares, they make a nice beer!
JStax (2773) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured on draft at brews cafe. Pours atranslucent copper with a white head of foam. Aroma has tropical fruits and some catty, simcoe type notes. Taste is sort sweet before it turns bitter and hoppy. Nice.