GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAR 19, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2007 Pours a beautiful slightly hazed honey color with a full, creamy, spattered froth. It looks like a pancake that just sits there, superb hangtime. It finally reduces to an island pattered, silky canopy and a fluffy ring. The aroma of sweet cream and aged citrus rind sends me sailing. Mmmm nice! Full nectar w/ mellow residual effers creating a creamy texture. A big fat malted soupy specimen w/ malted rustic caramel balanced by an aged British citrus rind agent. Highly hopped and only midly sweet w/ nuances of candy necklace, aged citrus pulp, some pine, and a bit of driftwood. Irish Cream Ale meets the Queen. Give the bottle a shake and it pours like a cream ale with the widget. Alcohol is well hidden. The finish is bittered mildly despite the high hop rate (indicitive of a massive malt influx). Overall: this brew is fantastic. The mouthfeel is totally creamy. A decadent IPA w/ rustic British intervention. I highly recommend this brew with flying colors.
outerupt (133) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A lovely IPA that melds traditional British subtlety with the distinctly American penchant for overt hopping. The 750ml bottle delivers one of the freshest beers to arrive in the U.S. from the U.K. with an incredibly floral/citrus aroma and a lovely pink grapefruit motif that runs from the color to the finish. The head is rather persistant despite a not so dramatic, even lackluster, pop as the cork is initially removed. Again, citrus is the name of the game here though there is certainly a richness of malt to balance the flavour and provide a bit of depth to the nose. This is clearly a fine effort for the Brit Beer Front.
Dinobrown (46) - Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml pours an awesome orange to pink colored beer with little head. Aromas of grapefruit and citrus hops rise from the glass. The flavor is quite bitter and carries the grapefruit flavor throughout. I really enjoyed the classic style of this beer and its delicate nature.
Rune (9055) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 7, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle brought home to Norway from the St. Albans beer festival, Sept.05. Bright golden. Medium foam with nice dimples. Grassy and hoppy nose. Flavours of citrus. Hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. A powerful beer (sampled together with Finn, 27.01.2006).
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I have to admit, I bought this one for the bottle (just thought it “looked good”). 750ml. Deep orange color and minimal head on the pour. Light-med citrus and light –med malt. Very standard IPA but in a good way. While many brewers are going for novelty, this was just classic. Caramel sweet malt greats the first sip and are predominant but are followed quickly with well balanced blast of grapefruit and orange flavored hop bitterness. Lightly bitter finish that rides out on a nice malt body. Creamy mouth feel. This is simple and unpretentious. I think this is what I think of when I think about a generally good IPA. These guys nailed it and did not try to flower it up. Nice job.
chriso (7482) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2006 On tap at the White Horse, Parsons Green. Clean, coppery colour with a scant off-white head. Dry and fairly hoppy. There’s lots of lemony citrus here but it also heads in the earthy, dusty UK hop direction (as one might expect from the ingredients), not the resinous US style. So I guess it must be an authentic British IPA. Rather smooth and not as assertive as a modern US IPA. Which is not a criticism, just an observation. But I think I would have preferred something a bit more aromatic. Still a classy beer and full marks to Meantime for accepting the challenge.
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 25, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to 1FastSti for sharing this bottle. Very light aroma with a stale, grassy note. Very balanced, caramel, hint of charcoal, nice pine hop flavor with little to no bitterness. Very cloudy yellow in color and light body. I’m so used to American IPA’s...this is different.
malachi (62) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slight, but weak cherry aroma with some honey presence in the body. Not very bitter or hoppy for an IPA, but it’s English.
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - FEB 15, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours hazy orange with a thin head. Aroma is fruit hoppy with a grassy note and so is the flavor. Dry bitter mouthfeel, very English in style and compared to the American IPAs I usually drink it is very easy and quite harmless. Still not bad.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Courtesy of Pailhead. Golden copper with no head, quite oily. Musty stale hop arome hints of roasted grain in the bakground. Flavor is very grainy-malty with almost no hop character whatsoever. Very sticky mouthfeel. Don’t know if this has been aged too long or what, but definately needs a bigger hop profile.