madmitch76 (12977) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
28th February 2013
Cheers again to Leighton for the New England haul. Light haze on this gold - amber beer, tiny white head. Odd nose of bitter skunky hops and cheese! Palate is crispy and semi dry. A little blue cheese amid the earth Pac Jade hops. Normality returns with a little citrus. Sem idry crispy finish. Weird - doesn’t taste infected but the cheese is really off putting.
Leighton (9617) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Bruce’s, London. Pours lightly hazy orange with a fine, creamy white head. Interesting nose, some stinky feet, big apricot, ripe citrus. Light to medium sweet flavor, some light bready malts, earth, dank grass, hints of metal, orange. Medium bodied with creamy carbonation. Resinous finish, pine, grass, ripe citrus, orange, mango, apricot, peach, feet, some herbs. Interesting stuff, but doesn’t work on all levels.
crossovert (6088) - Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml bottle. Basically it tastes and smells like pineapple. The malt is a bit sweet, its okay.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A citrusy blond IPA offering a commanding razor-sharp bitterness of high intensity. Good beer.
How: Tap at Three Penny Taproom, Montpelier VT.
The look: Clear blond body topped by a persistent small white head.
In long: The hoppy nose of medium intensity pushes forward fresh tangerines, fresh grapefruits and freshly cut grass. Taste starts with a basic neutral crackery pale malts backbone with some residual sugars (light white sugar sensation). The hops dominates the taste and provide a very sharp bitterness that is very grapefruity, lemony, yellowed grass and a bit spicy. Very assertive bitterness. Also tart apples show up here and there. Taste is much more intense than the aroma, the bitterness is very sharp and with a little acidity and spiciness that make this IPA almost a sipper. I could still taste it minutes after my last sip. Good beer for those who like intensely bitter blond IPAs. I was at the pub drinking this beer and frenetically typing my rating notes on my laptop and the dude sitting next to me asked if I was winning at the game I was playing on my computer… it’s ratebeer dude, we are all losers.
Scopey (5267) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to Leighton. It pours light golden orange with a small white head. The nose is over-ripe mango, pungency, farmyard, cheese, mould and sulphur...... The taste is pithy orange, grapefruit, farmyard, manure, earth , metallic, blue cheese, soap and mould with a dry, citric finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Not great. Unfortunately my first Lawson’s Finest beer ain’t a good one.
jredmond (4847) - Manhattan, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Blind Tiger with Vinny, Max, Andy, Paul and Andrew. Pours a deep, hazy orange amber with light white lacing. Aroma is very feint funky hops, which comes out a bit more as the beer sits and warms. Mouthfeel is medium, lightly carbonated with notes of light pine, floral, light citrus hops and a very light funk. Somehwat tame and restricted overall, but a nice beer.
jackl (3771) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ Bruce’s. Cheers to Leighton for the pour! The appearance is amber with a small head. The nose is deeply pungent rotting herb garden, dirty barnyard, cowshed stink. A bit of red grape. Hints of blue cheese. A bit of mango, pacific fruits. The taste is spunky cheese. Rotting mango stand, brackish salty water funk. Moldy hops, a bit of mint. Medium body, soft carbonation. Overall, pretty unbalanced, a very ’rustic’ set of flavors. I certainly wouldn’t finish a bomber of this by myself. Overall, this is pretty unique. A fiasco of a beer. Interesting, but something of a fail.
Ernesto987 (3222) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at blackback, dank and bitter very light body, pretty impressive.
PhillyCraft (2752) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Blind tiger, not a fan of this new variety of NZ hops. Poured a brownish orange color with small white head that did not last. Alright lacing. Aromas were on the bland side until it was swirled aggresively, notes of pine, cracker, and light citrus. Tast is sweet malts, wood, not too juicy or citrus filled. Finshes very grainy and ashy in the mouth. A big letdown from Lawsons. More Doub Sunshine please.
craftycarl21 (2115) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle thanks to Evan and George at the Beverage Warehouse for saving this for me! Cloudy orange pour. Nose marked with touches of floral and fresh cheesy hop, along with cat piss and bitter lemon zest. Flavor is much more aggressive and delicious with super fresh dank lemongrass and green onion scallion. Dry as hell, crazy quenching. Pretty unique and a cook utilisation of the hop. I dig it.