Foffern (1431) - 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.
tfredvik (1417) - 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]
GJF (1365) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - MAY 12, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Mixed bag here. I’ve had two bottles at Lincoln Wine Bar. The first seemed pretty nice, a light, citrusy pale ale. The second however was either off or it didn’t strike me as well. Barely finished the 2nd one, so an average rating between the two.
ken1 (1252) - DENMARK - APR 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A good pale ale. Nice bitterness and well rounded. Flowery notes. Dark amber with a white head.
humlelala (1114) - DENMARK - MAR 2, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2015 (33 cl bottle from Kervan’s; L00138; P: 19/11/14; E: 19/11/15) Excited to see Kissmeyer’s beers produced at 961 brewing, who also brought us the much beloved Lebanese Pale Ale. This one was poured into a small Ølfabrikken snifter revealing a semi-clear amber body with medium white head. Good retention and beautiful lace. Aroma is dusty with hints of banana and grain. Oily texture, medium body, medium carbonation and a bitter finish. Flavour is moderately bitter with sprucy notes. I think the flavour has improved markedly since the one I tasted in 2012 and I would certainly like to try one of these in a fresher version to give the aroma a chance to unfold well.
Original rating from February 3rd 2012 (A: 4; Ap: 4; Fl: 6; Pa: 4; O: 13): (50 cl bottle from Bunker Beer; BBD: 050113) Pours a clear, dark amber with medium, white head. Good lace and retention. Aroma is mostly malty with hints of dust and grain. Not much detectable hop aroma. Oily texture, medium carbonation, medium body with a slightly sweet finish. Taste is more sweet than bitter and definitely not dry. Easily drinkable, not very demanding, pleasant but perhaps not that terribly interesting.
madquacker (1072) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - JUN 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Toasty and malty and somwhat sweet. Red and coppery. More like an english ale and than a pale ale. But anyway.
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.
vickey9 (715) - Brussels, BELGIUM - APR 12, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark hazy amber with a rich creamy head. Variety of citruses in nose including tangerines, mango and red grapefruits. Medium body, medium carbonation and slick texture. Bitter taste. Palate is evoking my stay at Hawaii, freedom and sunny holiday. Bitter aftertaste. B@H
MrOrla (703) - Odense C, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2015
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle at home. Amber with a white head. Aroma of malts, grain, banana, butter. Taste is diactyl, slight hops, caramel. Blah