FatPhil (8997) - Tallinn, - FEB 23, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2012 Averaging the two ratings
330ml bottle (Drink Shop, Tallinn) (7-:3+:7-:4:2=2.3)
7- Immediately after pouring a cooooold bottle from the fridge, this had a lovely citrussy hoppy aroma, with just a gentle sweet biscuity caramelly malt component too. Alas, by the time you can smell biscuity malts, you know the body’s going to be overly caramelly and biscuity.
3+ Slightly hop hazy (I presume) orange. Healthy white frothy head with fair persistence.
7- Pretty good in the mouth, the biscuity malts are quite moderate, in fact they are just sweet enough to balance out the hops nicely. The hops are citrussy, but relatively moderate. Fairly simple taste, but there’s nothing wrong with that.
4 Crisp palate, carbonation and the coldness give you quite a slap round the chops before the hops have even started to kick in. (Note - that’s generally not a positive thing, but it was fitting for this beer, so in this case shouldn’t be taken as a criticism.) The post-swallowing vapours are very nice, the biscuity malts still not giving up, and refusing to let the hops rule every aspect of the beer. Then again, that’s not hard, the hops aren’t that extreme, there’s a nice resiny and grapefruity dryness, and that zing hangs around for quite a nice while. Best of all, it isn’t oppressively drying, and doesn’t leave you thirstier than when you started. Nearly as good as the original Alpo’s IPA for getting the resininess just right.
2 Technically, not a bad beer. In fact, on any level, this is not a bad beer - I enjoyed this quite a lot. That’s saying a lot, as I expected to hate it. I conclude that either I drank something different from other raters, in which case Mikkeller should be slapped hard for abysmal consistency, or in fact it’s nowhere near 1000 IBU, in which case Mikkeller should be slapped hard for the "1000 IBU" bullshit. (Nope, saying "theoretical" is no get-out-clause - the whole thing’s marketting bullshit, and you’re wankers for wanting to using it.) I don’t want to dilute the only "1" overall that I currently have, so I won’t give it that. However, whilst I ponder what’s a fair total score for the beer, I’ll leave this at a "2", as I think the slapping needs to be pretty severe. In fact, if this had been a disgusting undrinkable alkaloid mess, I would have given it a higher overall score (but lower everywhere else, obviously).
Rerate: 330ml bottle (Drink Shop, Tallinn) - shared with Mirjukka and Janne as the first beer of the day after the Wappu eve before - cheers! (7:3:7:4:13)
Lovely citrussy aromatics, orangy and lemony at the top, and grtapefruity once those higher peaks subside. Lovely bitter bite, long resiny finish. Surprisingly bitter finish. A good beer to wake up to. So zesty. The IBU’s still marketting bullshit of course, but it’s a pretty tasty beer, and my ire is subsiding.
Enjoyit (3446) - Vadum, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber of color with an off white head. An aroma of dust, hops, citrus and grape. A flavor of hops, flour, bread and grapefruit.
miquelcrush (1172) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUN 24, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bona cervesa, desequilibrada però gustosa.
Buena cerveza, desequilibrada pero sabrosa.
tectactoe (1443) - Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle: Murky copper & trudging brown, muddled throughout with a huge, volatile & foamy ecru cap that explodes on tap & lasts for days. Floral hops with lightly peppered & candied citrus peel on the nose. Big time orange rind aroma. It hints at a zesty bitterness, but is overall mild, tame, & anti-pungent given the disclosed IBU count. First sip tingles with a little grapefruit & orange zest up front... then your palate is immediately tossed into an explosion of botanical hop water. Peppery, lasting bitterness that scrapes your tongue & overpowers everything. Liquid pine tree... Imagine smoking a bong filled with raw hops, then drinking the water the next day. Malt does not exist, here. Light, crisp body with the intense bitterness feigning additional dryness. Really your palate is just getting fucked, that’s all. It’s not absolutely terrible, but I wouldn’t exactly call it drinkable, either. It needs more support. It has promise, really, but the lingering bitterness is just so harsh & omnipotent.
umich03jm (1769) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUN 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Is this really retired? Wondering how old this beer is that I just got from the store. Pours a cloudy orangish-amber color with a big foamy head that fades pretty quickly and leaves some great lacing. Aroma is dominated by pine and grass with maybe a bit of citrus peels. Tastes very piney as well. Very strong bitterness. Like chewing on pine needles and citrus peels. But it’s actually better than it sounds, at least for me. I enjoy this crazy experiment. Not as dry to me as others have mentioned.
MarcoDL (1985) - NETHERLANDS - APR 4, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Apparently there is such a thing as too much hops. I appreciate the experiment, but this beer is so dry it sucks your mouth of all liquid. Just too much.
Chudwick (1969) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - MAR 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle for $1.99 - nose is hoppy to say the least. Just learned what alpha acids are and this might redefine it. Bitterness is catching up. UK wins!!!!!!
Beerhunter111 (6776) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein orangegoldenes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch intensiv hopfig malzig, fruchtig. Geschmack sehr malzig herb, stark fruchtig, intensive Bitterkeit.
rumproasts (2734) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. Light amber with one finger head. I was expecting crazy bitter, and it is bitter, but not ridiculously so. The hops aren’t particularly flavorful, probably due to the bitterness drowning things out a bit.
armando629 (2404) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JAN 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
0,33 l bottle as a gift.
Hazy amber ale witha nice creamy off white head. Aroma of cheese, some malt, elderberries, green apples. Really freaky. Medium body, light maltiness backbone with an aggressive hopiness. The cheese arrives again with a fruity background, some nuts in the flavor. Interesting - and fine, the hops numble my palate.
angel77 (771) - oviedo, SPAIN - JAN 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Botella de 33 cl en el lúpulo varias veces. Mayo de 2012. la ultima vez en el Cabanon de Avilés en junio de 2013. Increíble pale ale con un gran amargor. Cuerpo medio fácil de beber quedando un retrogusto amargo seco durante un buen rato. Para repetir y repetir sin problema. Muy buena.