Jimthechap (1326) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
There’s nothing like reviewing a set of Imperial standard beers to make an extended stay by one’s mother-in-law a happier occasion. She’s lovely, but a bit of alone time in the kitchen with beers that take the edge off is a thing to be welcomed. This one was orange-amber in colour with a coarser head that sank into the top of the beer. There was a tell-tale sparkle and the aroma revealed darker resins with some green spruce and ripe orange apples. The flavour was fairly astringent at first with unripe apricot to the fore. In terms of body it was a little thinner than the imperial APA I have just reviewed from Harrington’s, but I had a hankering for a massive amount of hops and this beer fits the bill well while there is female bickering coming from the other room.
This beer filled a gap, but in terms of being assessed alongside its peers, I just feel it was wanting a little. It needs to be thicker, oilier and more aggressive. More body, bigger nads.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 14, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium amber colour but without much head. Earthy, light pedio/litterbox. Stale? Taste is rich and resiny, very bitter, quite one-dimensional.