KnutAlbert (6600) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 23, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Ølbutikken.
Lovely golden beer with rocky head. Aroamtic and bitter hops, fruit, pines, the works. Full sweet body underneath.
FatPhil (12779) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 21, 2008
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2009 Bottle (Orsted Olbar, Copenhagen)
Nutty US hop aroma, quite pleasant. Similar US mouthfeel, but ends a bit flat. There’s a plain bitterness, and some plastic in the taste. Smells nicer than it tastes. At least the hops don’t build obnoxiously. Docking a couple of points overall for the utterly wanky commercial description. Someone kill whoever wrote that. (6-3-6-3-8=2.6)
Rerate: 355ml bottle (Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam) (6-3-5-3-8=2.5)
Pleasant piney hop aroma, nothing particularly special, and certainly nothing like an IPA. Perfumed and fruity soapy taste. Finish is astringent, grassy, and metallic. Commercial description still wank - "unique version" just means "unable to make anything like the original version". Why be so proud of their own inabilities?
mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - SEP 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
average white (mostly lasting) head into copper body. aromas of moderate grapefuit and moderate toffee. flavor is initially light bitter and finishes moderately sweet. long finish duration. watery to dry texture. damn fine IPA.
kassner (1507) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Mgoos. Amber, very slightly cloudy with nice floral hops odor and good mix of floral and dry hops, just a little thin, but nice clean finish
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 14, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle poured a light amber color with a two finger white head that fell slowly. aroma has piney hops, lighter citrus, and mild caramel malt. mouth feel is on the lighter side with medium high carbonation. resinous piney citrus hop leads into a thinly malted brew. somewhat thin for such a hopped beer but lending nice flavors. bitterness smacks it down and perfumey.
Vas19 (313) - Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours orange with an off white head. Nice citrusy hop aroma. Flavor is more of the same; nice and clean. Lacking a bit of body, and a bit of secondary flavor, but still tasty and enjoyable.
caesar (6367) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - SEP 9, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Clear orange golden color, short head. Aroma of some hop and grapefruit, hint of caramel. Bit fruity as well. Taste is only moderately bitter, firm malty body. Crisp. Nice IPA.
bradlyc77 (226) - Sebastopol, California, USA - SEP 8, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2008 I’m not a fan of super hoppy beers and tend to shy away from IPA’s, but this is a great beer. This is pleasant drinkable IPA.
NaturalIce (148) - originally from Michigan, New York, USA - SEP 8, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle - Nothing better than the smell of a solid IPA. Lagunitas is a very good brewing company and considering I can find it all the way on the opposite coast of the US says alot about it. Ranks right up there with the Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale I just drank although not nearly as bitter. Good IPA
JoeZasada (305) - Beaumont, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 7, 2008
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a red amber colour... medium white head... good malt flavour, with an outstanding strong balance of hops... definitely one of the best american IPA beers you will ever have....