olio (6504) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
66 cl bottle (11% abv). BBE 08/2014. Thanks lusikka!
Pours clear golden color with head. Aroma is very appealing with resinous hops, a bit oily even, exotic fruits, caramel and some pine needles. Flavor of exotic fruits, orange zest, resinous hops, caramel and hay. Not that bitter but the alcohol is heavily present, not in a disturbing way though. Excellent.
lusikka (6523) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
660 ml bottle. 2014 version, 11% ABV. Thanks me, myself & I. Pours a golden colour with a white foamy head. Aroma is very heavy with citrusy bitterness, mango, orange juice and pineapple. Rich flavour of citrusy bitterness, alcohol, pineapple, tropical fruits, grass and sweet caramel. Full bodied and very thick mouthfeel. Heavy, long, warming and bitter finish. Could use even more bitterness, or maybe this isn’t as fresh as it’s supposed to be. ABV is just right.
tiong (4010) - Espoo, FINLAND - APR 26, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
660ml bottle, thanks lusikka!
2014 edition, 11.0% ABV. BBE AUG 2014 - Pours clear orange with some hop particles and a foamy head. Aroma has massive amounts of fresh resinous hops, pine, caramely malts, exotic fruits and grapefruits. Taste is fresh hoppy, resinous and piney with some caramely malts, exotic fruits and grapefruits. Finish is smooth, sweetish and resinous hoppy but surprisingly not very bitter, with loads of pine and warming alcohol. Quite smooth and heavy DIPA with loads of resinous hops. Tasty and fresh, but could’ve used some more bitterness.
laiti (5955) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
66 cl bottle @ home, BBE 08/2014. Thanks lusikka!
Aroma has strong hops, gooseberry bush and exotic fruits. Also some gluey tones. Flavour has aggressive hops with gooseberry bush, some caramel, fruits and gluey tones. Also some pineapple juice and alcohol is present. Nice, but I expected more.
Garrold (1710) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Brewdog, Sheffield. 11%. Lightly hazy, golden colour. Thin, lasting, white head. Aroma of pineapple and lime jelly. Clementine, too. Taste is marmalade sweet, first off, then restrained bitterness. Smooth, creamy palate. Alcohol warmth is evident. The clementine pops up again, at the end, along with a long, gentle bitterness on the finish. Dangerously drinkable!
jerd16 (219) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2014 Golden body, with small fleeting off-white head.
Aroma is wonderfully intense. Fresh dank hops, grapefruit, mango, pine, some sweet caramel malt. Soft carbonation, with silky medium/full body.
Quite sweet initial burst, with peach, citrus, pine, alcohol before a moderate-bitterness takes hold. Very dank. Sweet malt balances the beer beautifully. A little short on the finish for my palate but lovely nevertheless. Nice and fresh in taste and flavor. Chewy and luscious, with a slight nudge from the alcohol. Quality big beer. Did not disappoint.
minutemat (1878) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
660ml bottle at home (thanks Robin!). Lovely bright morning citrus breeze on opening, pours gold with an encouraging bubbly head. First thing that hits is a tropical fruitiness before the alcoholic bitterness washes over.. another sniff and lime, grapefruit, orange and passionfruit all take a juicy lunge at you. It’s an incredibly easy-drinking beer for 11% but sadly the carbonation just doesn’t hold up long enough and things get a bit sleepy in the glass. I do like the taste, but can’t help feeling a bit disappointed in this regard.
headscurge (5) - - APR 11, 2014 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Oh sweet sweet nectar, you go down far too easily for a 12% ipa. Wonderful mind-blowing resinous hop happenings, makes your mouth water like an opal fruit.
Osprey87 (2026) - WALES - APR 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2014
Apr 2014 - Keg at the opening night at Craft Inslington. Clear yellowy orange, lightly sparkling, small white head. Aroma - light orange, peachy caramel. Body is medium, carbonation is light, quite smooth. Taste is sweet, strong grapefruit, light vegetable and resin, background lemon and a touch of booze (but not drinking like it’s 11%). I feel like Magic Rock over-hyped and under-delivered on this one. Decent though. (3.6)
Apr 2014 - Cold 660ml bottle. BB Aug 2014. Hazy orange, almost totally still, small bubbly white head. Aroma - grapefruit, mango, perfume and alcohol. Body - medium, slightly foamy in the mouth, spritzy carbonation. Taste - grapefruit and pine. Flavour isn’t covering up the alcohol, which comes through strongly. For the price, it’s a flop. (3.6)
fonefan (35959) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light unclear medium to dark orange color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, fully lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, riped fruit, heavy hoppy, orange - citrus, riped orange, hoppy. Flavour is heavy sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with a long duration, hoppy, sweet riped fruity hops. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.