jkwood04 (5293) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2oz bottle in a tulip. Pours amber/ruby with a fluffy, cream-colored head. Aroma of citrusy and floral plus a little pine/grassiness from the hops and a decent amount of caramel malts. Flavor the same, with a nice bitter, hoppy finish. Average texture. A good IPA.
Benfi (692) - DENMARK - OCT 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy amber and boy, it’s lively: big fluffy head and very fizzy all across the tongue and chops. Soft blend of hops, beautiful taste, so juicy, with the perfect level of tartness and tonsil smacking notes. A very good IPA indeed
Davros (2810) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 15, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours amber with a small head.
Nose shows lots of fruity hops, with peach, passionfruit and grapefruit alongside some pine. Underneath is sweet clean malt.
Flavours include some of the same fruit, but mainly focus on grapefruit, pine and resinous hops. Some sweet malt underneath balances out the aggressive but pleasing bitterness.
foxo82 (843) - Bromsgrove (via Leicester), Worcestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Stirchley Wines & Spirits. Pours a cloudy, muddy orange with a small head. Unsurprisingly hoppy aroma and strong grapefruit but not as complex as some other Miks. Initial burning mouthfeel, then strongly bitter with malt, lime and - again - grapefruit but considering the eye popping array of hops in this brew the flavour is a surprisingly one-dimensional, bitter affair.
Lukaduke (3038) - Gray, Maine, USA - OCT 14, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a hazy brownish copper color with a big frothy four finger eggshell colored foam that laces beautifully and just kind of hangs out.... Aromas are a complex flood or subtle hop profiles... spicy, earthy, citrus, pine, cedar, pineapple... and some caramel toasted malts in the background. On the palate the hop profile is more pronounced... I was a bit worried with the subtleness of the nose that some of the hop flavors had been lost... but it seem after a sip that they are still producing a good solid flavor profile. Ripe grapefruit and citrus rind come through with a bit of earthy spice on the midpalate that cleans up with some bitter notes and a sweet malt backbone. Not Bad.
jonno (2520) - JAPAN - OCT 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Much smoother, mellow and drinkable than i expected. Of course it’s still big and raunchy, but it has a austereness that is quite disarming and endearing. Not a great deal of tonal range and really it is citrus heavy, but the body and carbonation give it that a quaffability that is unique for such a high AA beer.
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample from a bottle, thanks to jmborggren. Hazy amber color. Good thin khaki head. Decent lace. Soft lighter carbonation. Bigger body. Very dry texture. Of the 19 different hops here... Light pine, grapefruit, orange peel, caramel malt comes through. Good bitter taste, with resiny orange hops in the aftertaste. Interesting, tasty, supremely hoppy IPA. And badass label, too.
ALLOVATE (2911) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Faith in Mikkeller restored with this one. Who knows if this is just a blend of all the single hops Mikkeller has released but it damn well works!
On draught @ The Sail & Anchor, Fremantle.
Orange copper and hazy with a well defined, silky off-white crown that lasted the length and left behind a thick lace. Initial burst of car freshener; camphorous and reminiscent of a pine forest. A few swift swirls offers up an intoxicating burst of fruit; peach, apricot, lychee, pineapple and kiwifruit, and a lot of tart grapefruit. A veritable fruit punch of flavour on the palate; more so than the aroma - I am gob smacked by how tangy, juicy and sweet the fruit esters are on this one and I am not a fan of modern IPA’s. Alcohol is not shy offering a warmth to the thick hoppy, bitter and very lengthy swallow. Not harsh in the tail; comes across as candyish yet quenching with a dominant note of strawberries over the punch bowl of ripe fruit. Soft sherry shows, some sweet grain, a little gammy also as it warms but who cares. Good body, nice length and balance with mild carbonation. Delicious.
b3shine (8188) - Indiana, USA - OCT 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle to snifter (thanks jmborggren). Looks good; an opaque burnt-orange with sticky off-white lacing. Smells of bitter hops and malt. Tastes the same but milder. Average on the palate. A little busy. My guess is that this (in typical Shelton Bros fashion) isn’t fresh.
RexTalionis (3522) - FINLAND - OCT 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 33 cl. Pours amber in colour with a massive white head. Lots of exotic fruits in aroma, some sweet notes as well. Bitter hoppy flavour mostly, some hints of tropical fruits. Quite dry.