Ferris (9756) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - Lots of floral pine and some sweet malts. Hazy gold with a rich white head. Bright up front bitterness, pine and citrus and a surprisingly clean finish. I could drink this forever.
Marko (4540) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - AUG 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
And the last, much much appreciated part of MacBoost’s Boost & Chill package (huge thanks!). Slighty hazy yellow-golden body with a medium sized white head that receded slowly. The aroma starts off with a lovely malty note (which did suggest that it’s not as fresh as it should be, I guess) fighting with herbal and fruity hops, slightly dank? Some notes of caramel pop up too. Impressive. Starts off great too taste-wise, bitter hop-lemon ice tea on some sweetish maltiness. Very very light alcohol... and then, a very positive impression goes just a touch bad as the aftertaste turns out to be abrupt, thin and strange. Oh well, can’t win them all. A great lager that I’ll gladly try again and rerate at some point.
dambor (260) - Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark yellow with a beautiful creamy head. Aroma: citrus, a little of spices and pine, some flower aromas. Taste: very well balanced and elegant. Although the first hopps attack on your tongue make you think it is an IPA, the not so full body and balance reminds you it is a lager. Hoppy bitterness, which is not too aggressive, with some sweet flour elements. A very original and great beer! Additional points for experimenting with lager as a style. I never thought one can get that much out of it. Additionally, I believe it wastechnically pretty challenging to brew such a beer.
KyotoLefty (8369) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taster from Tap at, and bottle from, the brewery. Big hoppy nose. Sweet but balanced malt flavor. Very bitter. Full, soft body. Great citrus and grassy hop flavor. Excellent beer. Drinks like way lighter than 8%.
dmac (5087) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared at Pauls. Poured a medium density light gold body under a smaller white foamy head. Aroma/flavor is boozey, grains, dry corn, toast and a touch of citrus fruit rind. Body is dry, medium mouthfeel and average to slightly stronger carbonation.
Theis (14792) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Ølbutikken. Clear yellow/golden - white head. Light sweet. Ok light malty. Dry-ish. Lovely fresh hoppy. Crispy. Nice mellow bitterness. Light sweet malty notes. Nice.
_angst_ (4125) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle bought @ Ølbutikken. Pours tiny hazy brownish golden with a big frothy offwhite head that slowly dissipates while leaving lots of sticky lacing and trace on the glass. Smell is slightly malty and fruity with crackers, biscuits, grapefruit juice, freshly cut grass, pine needles, resinous wood, unripe tropical fruits, winegums, orange zest and lemon zest. Taste is sweet, bitter, fruity and herbal with sweet dark bread, biscuits, crackers, grapefruit juice, unripe mango, freshly cut grass, pine needles, resinous wood, alcohol, multi-vitamin fruit juice and lemon zest. Mouthfeel is round, astringent, tiny cloying sweet and medium to full bodied. Finish is sweet, bitter, fruity and herbal with biscuits, grapefruit juice, freshly cut grass, pine needles, resinous wood, lemon balm and lemon zest. Spiked fruit juice sweetness drags this down a lot. I’d like it much drier…
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - AUG 7, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I like this one quite a bit, but I’m not getting IPL as much as I’m getting IPA. For me, what I want out of an "L" is smoothness in malts. Not getting this here. This is a wonderful beer, but the difference between this and an equally wonderful IPA is a bit more subdued character.
nickd717 (3860) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Clear golden color with a one finger head. Grassy earthy tangerine hop aroma, like an IPA. Fairly dank flavor, sweet malt with hop bitterness, bitter earthy citrus finish. Medium-bodied with some resins. Hides the 8% well.
dfroms (477) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours hazy yellow-gold with one finger of white head. Aroma is very pleasant with sweet tropical fruit notes--lychee, especially--mingling with honey and candied orange. Taste is less elegant, with sweet orange giving way to sticky malts and an over-the-top mouth-drying finish, a combination of citrus pith and pine. Creamy. Good, but I’d appreciate more restraint.