bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 18, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a golden bronze colour with dense light tan coloured head. Aromas are dominated by light caramel with some stone fruits in support. A little muted to be honest. Flavours are dominated by sugary sweetness with only the lfeintest hint of hop bitterness to balance. Solid mouthfeel. Slightly odd to be honest.
Kriegbaum (845) - Randers, DENMARK - JAN 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 50 cl. Hazy yellow beer with a large off-white head of long duration. Sweet aroma of malt, pineapple, lemon and grapefruit. Sweet and dry beer with a taste of malt, hops, grapefruit and lemon. Long and moderately bitter aftertaste.
Benzai (9777) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
50cl bottle (best before april 1st 2012) @ home shared with Joes. Hazy dark orange color, medium to full sized, decently lasting, fair lacing white head. Smell malts, lightly fruityness, a hint of flowers, hops. Taste malts, hops, light to moderately tropical fruits, light to medium bitterness, slightly some flowers. Low to medium body, medium carbonation.
gam (3518) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Large light biege head misty deep amber pour soft carbonation aromas malt some fruir a richness caramel nut the flavours bright fruit citrus taste medium bitter nut toffee sweetness caramel woody touches pear apricot palate pleaser the finish sweet swharp tastes malt and hop more sweet than bitter very rewarding ale
tfredvik (1323) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 21, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear, dark amber colour (uh, this is a pale ale, isn’t it?) with a very light brown colour that lasts for some time and leaves some lacing. The aroma is rather strong and highly unusual for an APA, it’s malt driven with sweet dark caramel and even some hints of raisins, and the fruity elements are of the dark kind. Moderate sweet taste that lasts into the aftertaste, also a light bitterness in the quite long-lasting finish. The flavours follow the malty path laid out by the aroma: sweet dark caramel, toasted notes, raisin and dark fruits. Good mouthfeel, creamy and smooth texture and quite soft carbonation. Some faint traces of metal in the finish, but not very disturbing. A nice ale, but not something for the hopheads out there.
[50 cl bottle, enjoyed 6 months before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo]
KnutAlbert (6364) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lovely dark amber, fluffy head.
Aromatic hops lovely interwoven with nice malty body. Herbs, white petter, sutlte rather than extreme.
Cunningham (5326) - Halden, NORWAY - AUG 6, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber colour with a tan head. Malty and fruity aroma. What on earth did they think about when they wrote: Think a bolder and more aromatic version of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. No way. SNPA rules! This had a solid malty background in the flavour with some fruity and bready notes. More malty than hoppy this one. APA? Hmmm. Soft texture.
[Bottle from Vinmonopolet - Oslo City Shoppingcenter in Oslo, Norway]
Finn (4681) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUL 16, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Flaske 0,5l fra Vinmonopolet, Bestillingsutvalget. Drukket i heimen 16 Jul 12. Orange-brun. Litt uklar. Høyt kremaktig skum som varer en god stund. God fruktig aroma. Innslag av mandler. Lite kullsyre. Myk munnfølelse. Smaken sammensatt. mandler & aprikos. Svakt syrlig ettersmak. OK tørsteslukker - men også egnet som koseøl. KI=7.
Foffern (1386) - Bodø, NORWAY - JUL 8, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a clear amber colour with a medium frothy light beige head. Wood and leather in the aroma with also a touch of sweet berries and sweet candy. Also a lot of wood, leather and bread in the flavour as well. Soft and slick mouthfeel. Bitterness = light+. An okay pale ale, fine balance with a small hop bite.
Gr0ve (2173) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 23, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml bottle. Light brown and clear. Medium-sized off-white head that clings to the glass. Nutty spicy aromas. Reminds me more of a brown ale than a pale ale. Rounded nutty sweet malty flavours. Quite rich. Malt driven instead of by hops. Some bitterness but it’s all well hidden. Biscuits and fresh bread. Well balanced and nicely drinkable.