j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle that I brought to the Grand Tasting during RBSG. Pours a just hazed gold with a thin white to beige head. Big juicy hops, citrus. Pungent and earthy hop flavors, big chewy malt. Long slow grapefruit finish.
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - AUG 25, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ap4 Hazy copper color with aswesome tall rock long lasting and lacing off-white/light tan head.
Ar7 solid, but more malt than hops. Doughy biscuit malt with a bit of hop spiciness to it.
Fl9 BEAUTIFUL balance between hops and malt. The hops are very complex—citrus, resinous pine, and an almost minty herbal quality meld together in perfect balance so no quality stands above the others, which makes for a unified unique hoppiness.
Pal5Medium bodied with light small tingly bubbles. So silky smooth.
Ov17 This beer really surprised me. I am having serious trouble finding any flaws in this one. If I could have this on tap at my house at all times I would be a happy man. I may like it more than any other IPA I have ever tried, including Alpha King, which is saying a lot! TRY THIS BEER!!!
VertBaconStrips (2070) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 23, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - glad to have this on hand locally after pretty much begging to have some at RBSG Grand tasting. I’ll blend the two rating together as they have similar info. Pours out a dirty orange brew with a light tan head that seems to be creeping up my glass. Massive citrusy hop bomb exploded in my nostrils. Lemons, oranges, both types of grapefruit, pineapple, caramel on the sweet side creeps around in the back ground, fake sour orange similar to those old Contact C fizzy pills that I used to consume at an unhealthy rate when I was a child. This has evolved more into this sour tart lemon rind / orangy thing now leaving the other qualities in the past. The taste is pretty stellar - endless bitterness grows in concentration as I bottom this bottle, as does the sharp pine and resin. But before that a healthy dose of lemon, both grapefruits, sour orange, something a bit powdery, mild sweet caramel and something that reminds me of crab apple skin lurked around until finally being beaten down. Apricot, cotton candy, hell, everything is in here. A well rounded brew that has shown many faces throughout the entire glass. Unfortunately I have no more... just this permanent, endless piney bitterness wreaking having on my mouth. This was phenomenal.
Grovlam (4154) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Large creamy beige head that mostly lasted. Fair display of lacework. Hazy amber color. Aroma of floral, grapefruit, peach, citrus, grass, caramel, toasted malt. Medium bodied with an average carbonation and dry texture. Heavy bitter flavor with good counter sweetness. Lingering dry bitter finish.
monkeychugg55 (861) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a copper color with large, retaining cream colored head. Very thick lacing. The aroma is a busy mix of hops, with tons of citrus, grapefruit and some pretty potent pine. Fresh, floral, and spicy notes are mixed in with a strong, sweet malt backbone. The flavor is loaded with a ton of pine and citrus, but Amarillo and Simcoe are surprisingly still detectable in the flavor. There is a huge hop flavor that is very bitter, but at the same time balanced. Medium bodied with soft, foamy carbonation. An amazing hop experience.
TheHulk (486) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 20, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Heavy and thick aroma, hops dominate the aroma but do not assault your nose with pine/citrus. More like a forest damp, softer smell. Great head on pour, beautiful copprer colour, no particulates in this one, lacing retains head but isn’t visible. Very prominent hop flavour profile for the entire taste and palate, begins boldly but not as bold as could be, just a nice even growth. It does last quite a while though, it eventually does bitter the tounge but it feels sort of pickled with hops. They don’t taste as strong as that sounds though. Great hops is what Mikkeller does, and this is no exception.
patricks110 (1620) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 20, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Incredible IPA brewed with 10 different types of hops (warrior, simcoe, centennial, cascade, amarillo, nelson sauvin, nugget, tomahawk and east kent golding). Aroma is enticing with hops full and up front. Mild malt aroma and citrus as well. Taste is ridiculous with full hop bite and complex comingling of the many different hops. The amarillo is identifiable by the nice sweetness and the centennial and cascade are betrayed by the slight Northwest style taste. Overall, one of the best IPA’s I have had in my life.
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours golden orange with a nice rocky head. The aroma is vegital with some citrus, pine and berries showing through. The flavor is almost a little underwhelming. Berries, chlorophyll, pine citrus, papaya, and a juicy bitter grapefruit finish. I guess I was expecting more of a bomb, and not a nicely balanced ipa.
gnoff (7782) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Haket, Göteborg, on August 14, 2010
Hazy deep amber color, fluffy tan head. Mango and pineapple fruity hoppy scent. Bitter, citrus, hoppy taste. Bitter aftertaste. Medium low mouthfeel. Fairly high bitterness.
More balanced than I expected, quite nice.
presario (4611) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark amber with two fingers of lasting foam. Moderate aroma more malt than hops. Flavour is wooy hops with a body that seems to get dryer and dryer as the beer makes it’s journey from front to back. Woody hoppy beer. Cedar taste? After a few sips a nice sweetness comes through toning down the dryness from the start. A beer that is a good argument for a big sample. I started off thinking this was weak but it gets tastier and tastier through the bottle.