JPDIPSO (5133) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 14, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle BB 13/02/09. Lightly hazed orange copper color. Tall, lasting light beige head. BIG aroma punches the nose. Fresh hand rubbed green hops, ruby red grapefruit and pine sap lay down the first assault. AS the head settles and a coat of lace is left behind, some flan and mild banana bread scent filter through. I certainly would have said PNW IPA if I was given this blindly. Somewhat thinner in certain qualities than the aroma suggest. Dry pale malt, and some light caramel start things out. Bitterness rushes in and further dries things out. Light herbal finish and linger, along with a touch of grapefruit zest and ragweed. This need a touch more malt depth for me. The more I think of it this is as good an APA as there is. I’m not a big style person anymore, but by style this one does nail it. As this warms and sets a bit the linger does have a nice return to some toasted malts. If price were not in play, I’d certainly have more of this.
nearbeer (4392) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 14, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2008 500 ml. Hazy, burnt-orange with a large sticky head. Big, clean grapefruit with some slight honey in the aroma. Flavor is fresh grapefruit, resin, a dollop of honey, slight toasted nut and grain. Pretty much an all-hop AIPA, but the hop flavor is so fresh that you gotta love it. Smooth, near-medium body is perfect. A bit pricey, but worth the splurge.
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Plan B. Hazy golden orange in colour with a medium sized off-white head. Very well balanced with notes of malt, fruit, citrus and hops and hops and hops. Yum.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
World-class Pale Ale from Mikkeller. Vibrant hops on the nose, lemony and grapefruit-like. The most impressive part of the brew is the malt character, so lush, sugary and flavorful, with hints of toffee and biscuit. Mikkeller is really stepping up.
Christian (11983) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy orange with a fluffy off-white head. Delicious hop aroma, most notably peach, apricot and pine. Background of pineapple, and green leaves. The flavour is very bitter, bitter enough to make all others pale, including most IPAs. The bitterness is accompanied by a lovely fresh hop flavour, and just enough caramel sweetness to balance. Only a touch of chalky dry mouthfeel keeps the scores from going through the roof. Well done!
killbuck (4) - Helsingřr, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2008 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
all other pales in comparison, pale ales are usually not my favorite, but this one gets my steam going. the different malts and hops do their roastyfruity little dance all the way back through the mouth, and keep on dancing for a good while.
Marsiblursi (3070) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Pours copper/amber. The aroma is a fantastic mix of fruits, malt and hops with new cut grass, pine, grapefruit, oranges, flowers, peach, mango, strawberry jam and some caramel and doughy bread. Also some vanilla ice cream. The flavour is hoppy and fruity with nice malt backdrop with tones of grapefruit, pine, pepper, bitter grass, peach, mango and mild caramel. The finish is resiny and peppery, lingering medium bitter and dry with a nice fruit touch. Clean and light creamy mouthfeel. Fresh and light to medium bodied. Very well balanced.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 2, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours out in a hazy pale amber colour with a rich lasting white foam. Plenty of US hops in the aroma, notes of grapefruit, grass, pine-needles, flowers and ink. Very hoppy and dry flavour of grass, grapefruit and white pepper. Minimal malts. long bitter finish of grass and grapefruit.
BeerBiker (1413) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
#1001. Dark orange colour with nice offwhite head. Aroma is hoppy flowers grapefruit and grass, but also caramel sweetness. Flavor is similar added with dryness and much bitterness ending up in a fresh finish. Nice!
Plovmand (7186) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber colour with medium white head. Aroma is american hops, citrus and flowers. Flavor is bitterness from the hops, lime and more bitterness.