PhillyCraft (3780) - 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.
madmitch76 (17446) - , 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.
Scopey (8458) - 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.
jackl (5469) - 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.
Leighton (13520) - 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 (8815) - 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 (6104) - 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.
Sarlacc83 (1218) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 12, 2013
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle courtesy of Jeremy. Thanks!
A: Very cloudy straw color. There’s almost a film on this. Great legs, but this is ugly.
N: What. the. hell? Is this a bad bottle? Burnt onion powder and a flavor that the group described as stale, overcooked broccoli. Vegetal. The hops are, uh... More onion. Some citrus...I think?
T: Slightly better, but that’s not a sterling compliment. Earth, biscuit, pine, and a moderate spiciness. Onion power is less prevalent, but then all the sudden, oh, god, the sharpness. Please someone stop the astringency. Stop. Ugh.
M: Sticky. A good thing normally, but then it becomes the worst part of the beer because it cause the beer to stick to the palate and remind you of all the dry unpleasant flavors. Need water.
O: I don’t know if this is a bad bottle or what, but after seeing this was named after the daughter, I had to wonder if they don’t like their girl? Bad, bad, bad.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Fitz! Pours a light slightly hazy golden yellow with a small creamy head. Aroma is grassy and dank, quite herbal with some slight citric and tropical notes. Flavor starts with that dank character and quickly picks up a strong grassy weedy note. Finishes on the pineapple upside cake sweet character with some honey and a lingering bitterness. Medium body and a sharp carbonation. Good beer
callmemickey (3469) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Prohibition Pig in Waterbury. Hazy golden-orange body, moderate white head, sticky lacing. Nose is grapefruit, orange, and tangerine--decidedly citric--with a bit of general spicy bitterness. Flavor is a pleasant balance of assertive citric notes with more orange and tangerine. Medium to full bodied, assertive carbonation, significant bitterness in the finish. A nice display of the Pacific Jade varietal.
craftycarl21 (2295) - 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.