MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to GregMcQ. He shared this at the Freetail La Muerta release. Pours a cloudy yellow with a white head. Nose is Wow! weird with spices and perfume. Has a funky taste as I’m not used to this combination of these hops and spices. Mouthfeel is carbonated and bitter. This one was strange.
dyetube (1183) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2010
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer pours a cloudy yellow with a medium white head. The aroma is old skunk. The mouthfeel is acidic, dry and bitter. Cheers!
mithe (901) - Opava & Brno, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 8, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet, nice hoppy/hay/herbs aroma. Hazy golden color. Huge creamy white head. Medium sweet. Nice herbs/hoppy taste. Medium body. Long very bitter, astringent, dry finish. Very good beer.
Ratman197 (9942) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml bottle poured a hazy gold with a lasting off white head. Aromas of straw, earthiness, spicy hops, light citrus and a hinmt of pine. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, earthiness, spicy hops, light pine and light citrus with a crisp dry lingering bitter finish.
leadtogold11 (4) - California, USA - OCT 31, 2010 does not count
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bottle from MJ Rare Beer Club. Sorry, Rare Beer Club, but you failed with this one. I have to agree with you, Walt, this is definitely NOT an IPA in any way, shape, or form. If you gave this to me blindfolded, I would identify it as a very funky Saison, similar to some Fantomes that I’ve had. Nose is funky, with a noticeable fecal quality. Hops are definitely there, but bitterness predominates over aroma/flavor. "Astringent" is a good descriptor, too. Some sourness, and OK to drink if I’m not thinking "IPA". I’m just really trying to get the "Czech IPA" thing, and I can’t. Maybe this batch spent a long time on a hot tarmac somewhere, but I’d definitely relabel as a "Czech Farmhouse Ale".
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2010
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Pour is sort of a hazed golden color with a fluffy and big soapy white head...smell is strange...just strange...I don’t know what it is that I’m smelling...not infected or struck...but cheese rind and feet mixed with grapefruit, fruit juice, and grassy hops...the taste...what the fuck...this beer is just a disaster...strongly astringent and bitter...another rater mentioned "aggressive hopping"...as if "aggressive hopping" is akin to a serial rapist being called "a handsy fellow"...lots of weird fruit juice and tart (but not in the good way) flavors too...just getting more astringent and oddly and unpleasantly bitter toward the finish...maybe some grape flavors and pear flavors are in there too...who knows....blech!!!!!
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml from the MJBC. Hazy pale orange pour with a thick head and impressive effervescence. Nose is ripe and just this side of being off. Sharp and extremely herbal/grassy hops with an abundance of grapefruit in the nose. body is medium, with the intense bitterness almost masking for booze, despite the low ABV. Overpowering impression of drinking fresh pink grapefruit, which to me is quite enjoyable. Funky, fruity, dry, and with a yeastiness that recalls unfiltered Czech pilsners. Nice, quirky, and definitely enjoyable.
pivnizub (8919) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - OCT 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lahev ( z pivoteky): Golden, unclear, big stable fluffy to rocky white head; distinctive dry herbal-hoppy nose (Centennial) with some sweet pale malt underneath; soft and medium bodied, solid dry bitter-sweet flavour, creamy MF; lingering - hops stick to the palate - dry herbal-hoppy finish with a good pale-malty balance. Pretty czech hop-bomb.......
omhper (19626) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Hazy golden, cremy head. Fruity bubblegum and spicy biter orange jumps at me. Mid sweet with medium body and rounded mouthfeel. Really bitter finish. Combines the gentle Czech malt profile with rather aggressive hopping. Good!
jfb (3968) - Freising, GERMANY - JUN 18, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle) pours a slightly hazy golden colour with a dense white head. aroma has lots of lemons and grapefruit up front, but not much backing them up. flavour is the same, with only a very light grainy base. thin, slightly watery body with medium carbonation.