freekyp (1419) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 10, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is THE IPA to beat in my book. Combines a bracing pacific northwest and continental hop blend with smooth German caramel malts for a beer that is both a showcase for smart use of hops and very drinkable for its 6.9%. Aroma is bright and full of citrus character with some spiciness courtesy of the EKGs in there. The malt backbone carries the hops but never showcases itself, and while I am a huge fan of highly malted beers I appreciate that this blend does exactly what it is intended to do. While bitter enough to please the hop heads, this beer ends on a balanced note that is both clean but still allows residual hop bitterness to linger. Pours a murky unfiltered pale brown with a solid off-white head and scads of messy lacing. Not a hop bomb, but rather a showcase in restraint and drinkability. Seek it out.
rumproasts (1193) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. Amber with two finger head. Typical of Mikkeller IPA, there’s a fair amount of malt. Very nice hops. Hard to isolate distinctive hop flavors. There’s a little bit of everything going on here (citrus, pine, etc). The malt does a good job of slightly reining in the hop bitterness.
bth122 (912) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
#900. Bottle. Omaha. Poured a dark golden color with a big head that stayed for awhile. Aroma is hop heavy, with lots of citrus (grapefruit), pine, resin. Medium bitterness. Different water in taste background then AIPAs. Hop resin taste. Hopped up for sure. Average carbonation. I bet this would taste good fresh. A good, citrusy IPA.
TronnyJenkins (78) - Texas, USA - JUN 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good- but... I think I should’ve had it sooner than I did. Some of the aroma has smoothed out. That being said, it’s still very good. I dig the complexity of all of the hops!
Argonian (139) - Athens, GREECE - JUN 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a red to brown body, with an average creamy light brown head that diminishes fairly quickly, leaving a fair lace. Tropical aromas, there are definitely more hops in this one. But taste was somewhat of a letdown. Yes, heavy bitterness was present, but it was pretty harsh, and not balanced. Medium to almost full body, oily texture, low to medium carbonation level. It definitely was good, but bitterness was a little bit too harsh.
Andy_ (138) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper coloured beer with a nice head and lacing on the glass. Aroma has wood, pitch, flowers and fruits. Taste is mostly dominated by the dry and bitter hops with a medium body. This is how a good IPA should be done.
Vestergaard (113) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours big surprise. Aroma is pretty heavy malts, fresh hops and lots of them. The taste has got some fruits, oats and so on. Lots of hops of course. I think the nelson sauvin is the most prominent one. Tastes really really good, and the weather is nice!
ansalon (248) - SWEDEN - MAY 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy amber. Aroma is mango, peach, apricot, pine. Taste is tropical fruit, pine cones, resin, caramel, some bread. Quite nice!
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jd543 (153) - SCOTLAND - MAY 20, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ever-so-slightly hazy, red-orange colour, with the just off-white-to-white head. Aroma is citrus hops, a bit soapy, some grass/hay. Taste is well balanced, not too sweet, with a nice subtle(ish) bitterness all the way through. Texture is oily, with light carbonation.
BaroneBirra (157) - Gorizia, ITALY - MAY 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
0,33 bottle from Il Pretesto Beer Shop
Pours clowdy amber with big, soft off-white head.
tropical fruity (mango?) hops aroma, not so strong.
lots of bitter hop at the first taste, with fruity notes in the nose. long bitter final.
some malts in the aftertaste. average body, quite fizzy texture.
maybe a little too bitter, but what else to expect from ten hops?
MalcolmTucker (521) - SCOTLAND - MAY 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Smells great with a very strong tropical fruit aroma. Flavour doesn’t quite match the promise of the aroma - well balanced hops and restrained bitteness with a condsiderble malt presence. Restrained, balanced and subtle.