Glouglouburp (6004) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 26, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
In short: An intense, yeasty, dirty and bitter copper IPA. Ok.
How: Bottle 750ml, consumed fresh the day after purchase from a Norway Vinmonopolet store. Then tap at Elefanten Kafé, Bergen Norway
The look: Orange-copper hue topped by a medium beige head with medium retention
In long: Nose has fruity hops blending with fruity yeasty esters along with pastry-like sweetness. The aroma is far from clean and bright fresh fruits, it actually smells like a baked multi-fruit pie dropped in the dirt. Taste is rather dirty, crunchy earthy cereals, caramel, very yeasty, cooked fruits, earthy wooden notes like an old branch picked up from the forest floor, hops resin. Bitterness sensation is medium-high and there is an alcohol bite that joins in and creating a burning finish. My North-American palate is still not buddy-buddy with those bottle fermented yeasty European IPAs. To me this was just ok. Addendum: the tap version was a bit cleaner, less yeasty. I disagree with the mostly good ratings this beer is getting but knowing that people have different preferences in beer than you is not a big deal when you are a mature adult, therefore I’m outraged by these ratings and your mother has a stinky butthole.
omhper (19327) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 17, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Cloudy dark amber, rich head. Wonderful, concentrated aroma of lychee and kiwi fruits. Mid sweet with medium body and soft mouthfeel. Pleasant seemless hop character - gooseberry, mango and lychee. Marked bitter finish. One of the best IPAs I’ve had in a good while.
Strilen (8) - FYLLINGSDALEN, NORWAY - AUG 25, 2012 does not count
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Tan high long lasting foam, light brown appearance. A bit salty, but very fruity taste. Fruity aroma and long lasting bitter ending. Definitively the best beer made in Norway!
joffre (1) - NORWAY - AUG 19, 2012 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Starting on the negative side, this bear is a bit groggy to the eye. But as soon as you taste it, you’re glad that the bottle is not on the small side. One of the best pale ale’s I’ve tasted. Flowers in the nose, long lasting bitterness. Strong, and strongly recommended!
Aniela (2313) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 19, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
75 cl bottle in Grebbestad. Amber, hazy beer with a big offwhite/beige creamy head. Hoppt and fruity aroma. Hoppy with some bitterness and grassy flavour.
rlgk (10276) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - AUG 7, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75 cl bottle, from a trade with Cunningham. Hazy golden/apricot color, nice lasting offwhite head. Lovely hop aroma, pineapple, grass, hay, apples, pine, mango, perfume, milky and creamy notes, grapefruit notes, pear, iron notes. Hoppy grassy flavor, perfume, hay, pine, mango, fruity from pineapples, grapes and pears, grapefruit notes, some metal. Nice bitter finish with metal, pine and grass. Great beer, it would have been on absolute top-level if the flavor had matched the wonderful aroma.
tfredvik (1102) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 6, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I like hazy bodies, but this one is overdoing it a bit: the body is very cloudy, almost opaque, with a medium amber colour. The head is quite large and consists of creamy rocks of off-white foam that reduces to a fully lasting layer after a long time. The aroma is rather intense, delicious, and definitely heavy hoppy! The elements are on the resinous side with quite subdued tropical fruits, although there of course are decent amounts of grapefruits in here. It’s also very sweet with caramel notes, but still it’s the sharp and crisp resin, pine needles and bitter grapefruit that play the main roles. The sweetness is also pretty obvious in the taste: a moderate sweetness tries to combat the bitterness that kicks in from the very beginning, but of course the hops win, and it all ends in a very heavy bitter finish. Resinous floral flavour profile with an extremely long-lasting and lingering heavy bitter tongue-prickeling finish. Also sweet caramel notes and faint alcohol. Very pleasant mouthfeel with a medium to full body, a pleasant creamy texture and a soft carbonation. A remarkable IPA, but it can’t get much bitter than this before the drinkability starts to suffer.
[75 cl bottle, batch 177, enjoyed 2.5 years before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Grønland, Oslo]
hlynx (10) - NORWAY - AUG 5, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
grass, spruce, citrus, herbs, resin - almost like chewing on hops. Around 10C it was delicious, and I had it with fish and stewed peas - at 22C the taste of hops where almost too much. But then like hops. As an IPA - a decent one. As a hoppy beer, I think this is the best I have tasted. A great bottle - and I did not have to share.
smedegaard (1) - - JUL 27, 2012 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Citrus og gran i aroma og eftersmag. Fint skum. Drukket til Innherredssodd. Godt sammenspil mellem den friske og bitre Øl og sodd
Arve_Christian (3031) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On bottle from Vinmonopolet Økern, batch 228.
Dark copper color, unclear- good foam.
Immediate hoppy- piney aromas & some tropical .
High flavour intensity & good carbonation
Medium body & high complexity.
Solid bitterness from the start, and it lingers on quite a while