Alengrin (3240) - BELGIUM - APR 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2015 Probably among the top ten highest IBU beers in the world; I am a hophead, but I have to admit this scares even me a bit considering most double IPAs rarely exceed 120 IBU. Still, I am always open to new experiences when it comes to beer of course, so letís give it a try... Has a beautiful orangey copper colour, darker than usual for the style and hovering between light and dark, clear with some dark protein grounds but completely cloudy with deposit and in that state assuming the looks of a írealí dark beer; off-white, dense, medium thick head leaving a thick but very regularly structured, attractive lacing. Aroma is obviously dominated by a very, very powerful dank hoppiness, with impressions of grapefruit peel, tonic water, Angostura bitter and bitter root extract, wormwood, hemp, seaweed, blue cheese, leather, earth, pine resin, weeds, bitter honey, some red apple peel, dry white wine, freshly toasted bread (slightly burned even...), roasted pinenuts, walnuts and cranberries. Taste profile starts off with some nice sweetish and sourish fruits (redcurrant, mandarin, lemon zest), medium sharp carbonation, toasted and nutty malts underneath, but those do not get any chance to really develop: the salty and bitter accent at the very start, on the tip of the tongue, already reveals that there is a gigantic load of hoppiness to come, and indeed the bitterness grows and grows and becomes truly enormous in the end, bone dry, peppery, resinous, only lightly citrussy but more earthy, and finally quinine- and bitter root-like; no other flavours are allowed here, even the alcohol (considerable seen its ABV) is masked by the hops, though I do get a warming feeling after swallowing, of course. Needless to say, this huge hop bitterness lasts forever, I am convinced I will still be able to taste it when I get up tomorrow morning - which is exactly why I tasted this beer as the last. A treat if you like your beers thoroughly hoppy, it almost reminds me of Brewdogís Sink the Bismarck, but at a more ínormalí alcohol level and just a bit less intense in the hops department. Certainly one of the hoppiest beers I ever had so it delivers what it promises, but at the end of the day, I still prefer double IPAs with just a bit less of this bitterness, only to allow the malt sweetness to provide balance - not so much against the bitterness per se, but against the saltiness which this amount of hopping and dry-hopping often brings along. This one may perhaps be a tad too extreme to be truly classic, but extremes are a necessary thing in the dynamic world of craft beers - therefore, very interesting to taste this tongue- and throat-wrecking monster of an IPA!
Kauge (699) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 5, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Koht in Tallinn (Ä 6.50). BB 22/01/17. Dark amber colour (I mean nearing brown), barely translucent. Head massive, thick, creamy beige colour, excellent retention and lacing. Possibly the thickest lacing Iíve seen. The aromaís got a lot of resiny hops with a citrus (grapefruit) and somewhat musky undertone. Faint cat pee and bog herbs (specifically marsh labrador tea and/or wild rosemary) later as itís lukewarm. Loads of almost burning esters in the nostrils. Does hint at an extremely bitter beer. Taste begins with a rather (that is, of course, relative) mellow sensation - Iíd say juicy and sweet. Then the resin and grapefruit seed bitterness covers the palate, yet remaining very sweet with a kind of malty-marmalady effect. The extreme bitterness hits the back of the roof of the mouth, and the sides and end of the tongue. Encompassing. Numbing. Funnily, it feels quite heavy and at the same time light on the palate. Which makes it strangely easily drinkable despite the bitterness (which I find not as off the radar as I was expecting). Itís really soft in the mouth, helped by the absolute flat carbonation. It finishes - expectedly - extremely bitter, bringing to mind grapefruit seed extract. I donít feel any alcohol in it. All in all - at first the bitterness seemed just too silly, for its own sake, but as you get used to it after taking a couple of tiny sips, it becomes rather nice and even enjoyable (I mean, if youíre a hophead). Iíd say itís got surprisingly nice balance, and - drinkability. I kind of prepared myself for a rather critical review but Iím actually pleasantly surprised.
Would love to suggest this as the first ever hoppy beer to a macro pale lager person.
P.S. - The aftertaste is so nice I think Iím not gonna brush my teeth tonight.
Serapac (236) - CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 2, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Malting Pot. Dark amber, large creamy light beige head. Aroma grape, quinine. Vivid carbonation, lots of lacing. Taste bitter with some bread tones, turns into a very long bitter finish.
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thetmaxx (788) - West Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 28, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Poured with some sediment, cloudy, nice head. Aroma is kind of citrusy. The flavor is just powerful bitterness. But not in a off putting way, in a balanced manor, balance with the malt, balanced bitterness and aroma and flavor hops. Overall very different beer, but I love it.
20107589 (517) - randers, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
citrus and herb aroma, appear brown with a fine white head. taste heavy bitter, light sweet. unbalanced full bodied, and a long bitter aftertaste
rikstar (1410) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 27, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
0,33l fles met lion gedeeld. Amber met een mooie fijne crŤme schuimkraag deeltjes vormen bijna een eiland. Aroma is volkoren brood, vruchtenyoghurt. Smaak is een sensatie opzich, begint zoet en fruitig met yoghurt, en perzik. Daarna trekt hij vol bitter weg. Elke slok intenser. Spieren spannen aan. Met een afdronk die naar bitterlemeon en zelfs salmiak neigt. Wat een bijzonder bier. Een tip deel hem, hele fles is overdaad.
antonstoop (244) - - MAR 26, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark amber, lots of yeast floaters, good lacing. Aroma of strong malts, hops, and citrus. Bitter initial hop taste, notes of pine, malts, and lots of hops. Most bitter beer I've had, and to bitter for me!
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Leepe_steven (202) - Lede, BELGIUM - MAR 21, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a hazy dark orange beer with slightly tanned head. Aroma is very citrussy and so is the taste. Its a bit overwhelming actually. Very very bitter. Not too drinkable. More of a hyped beer.
stoigniew (86) - Łęczna, POLAND - MAR 21, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Aromat słodko kwaśny tropikalny i ananasowy. W smaku piepszony hardkor. Za odczucie początkowo 4 bo jednak zbyt hardkorowo - daję jednak 5 bo jest to "1000" i ma być hardkorowo. Jeśli Mikkeller dążył do osiągnięcia maksimum absolutnej goryczki to udało się. Goryczka miesza się z kwaśnością i intensywnym czerwonym grejpfrutem oraz cytryną - maksymalna kwaskowość - w żadnym wypadku belgijska ale cytrusowa, chmielowa i wypychana przez intensywną, agresywną gorycz. Pijalność nie jest wysoka i tak być powinno - potrzeba czasu by to spokojnie wypić. Piwo jednak jest mega ekstremalne i smaczne. Daję max. bo oddaje to czego się spodziewałem pomimo że nie do końca taki hardkor toleruję - właśnie na to liczyłem.
MrOrla (705) - Odense C, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Pours a cloudy, Orange/amber hazy, huge golden lingerin head. Floral hop notes and piney, very bitter 1000 IBU might be right here.. Extremely bitter, good but its to much for me.