Jimthechap (1421) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
First of all, there’s IPA and then there’s interpretations of IPA. IPA (if you’re a purist is mellow, elegant and restrained. Possible a shadow of what the original was but are how the style developed over time in the old world. This beer sits squarely in the new world interpretation of the style where there is a nod to the fresh hopping and sizeable alcohols of the original method. Fresh aromas hops predominate with scents of pine resin and spruce. These are apparent in the flavour which gives long bitterness and fresh spicy hops. My one bugbear? Why is it over 8%?
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Hashigo Zake. Woah! This is in your face hops. Orange and pine on the nose, big grapefruit in the mouth. Perhaps a bit too much for my palate, but it sure gets your tongue racing.
reviled (13) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 29, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Oh my this is an amazing beer!! Such a pungent, oily, resinous hop aroma with an overpowering citrus character. Initially sweet up front but after a few sips the bitterness accumulates leaving me with a bitterness that cuts into my cheeks like a knife!! Awesome!
sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very strong hops, very earthy. Simcoe?
Strong malt, strong everything! A lot of beers like this are emerging recently, but this is one of the better examples.