KansaiBeerLvrs (1656) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
At Asahiya’s Christmas party, 7.8%. A bottle shared among friends. A really nice hoppy beer but balanced and not overpowering. Very good.
Niller (550) - Hammel, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from BarleyWine, Copenhagen. Pours cloudy golden with a big white head. Sweet aroma of peach, citris and hops too. Taste is hops, pine and citrus. Nice bittersweet finish.
Glouglouburp (5956) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: An easy-drinking biscuity moderately hoppy blond beer with pine-needle and spicy twist. Good.
How: Bottle 750ml, consumed one month after purchase (probably already a few months old).
The look: Partly cloudy dark blond body topped by a medium off-white head with good retention
In long: Nose is a bit discreet for the style, notes of orange peels, some pine needles, apricots, toasted apple straddle. Taste has a semi-sweet semi-toasted biscuit malts, Social Tea™ cookies sensation, lots of dried fruits, pine-needles, some caramel. Bitterness in the below-medium range for the style. The beer is said to use ginger and pine needles, there’s a light spiciness sensation but I can’t say it was particularly ginger, and the beer sure had a piney character but no more than many piney IPA that do not use actual pine-needles. I expected a gimmicky beer but I found this beer to be well balance without the adjuncts steeling the show. This was a rather easy to drink beer, not quite refreshing but very easy to drink. A good beer, but the added spices wasn’t necessary, in my honest opinion adding spices to an IPA is about as essential as adding closed caption to a porn movie.
daje (2043) - NORWAY - JUN 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, shared june 7th 2013. Muddy golden body, big thick white head. Piney aroma with orange, peach and fresh ginger. Taste of caramel malt, strong ginger, piney and fruity hops. Light hop bitterness, the spices dominating. Aftertaste is fresh citrus fruits and a solid caramel taste.
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A - Pours a hazy apricot with a thick and dense white head. The foam is dense and has stellar retention lacing.
S - Ginger, perfume floral notes, dried pine needles, citrus peel, honey bread,
T - Strong pungent hops are heavy handed, pine oils, spicy ginger, citrus zest, bitter citrus pith, strong bready yeast presence as well. Honey malt sweetness, spicy and bitter on the finish.
M - Full bodied, thick velvety feel, creamy carbonation.
Good use of ginger, it adds without overpowering. Thick yeasty mouthfeel makes this feel homey and great balance of hop flavor, bitter, and aroma. Good stuff.
Serving type: bottle
hayduke (3322) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer, from the discount bin of Christmas beers at Paul’s Grocery in McCall, Idaho pours a hazy amber with a massive white head and great lacing. Nose is powerful and of resin hops and spices. full bodied and rich and sticky mouthfeel. Flavor is rich caramel malts and pine with a perfect blend of spices including ginger. Finish is spices that go on forever. This is a remarkable beer.
berntholer (801) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUN 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
abundant ivory white head that fades fast with lacing. light orange colour. aroma is sweet, peach, passion fruit, grapefruit, ginger. taste is sweet, passionfruit with a long bitter aftertaste. bottle 75 cl @ kerstbierenfestival 2012 / notes from backlog
patxa (182) - MEXICO - MAY 28, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A mikkeller so great as always or at least interesting. Both in this case. Hoppy and bitter, full of palate where you ll find the very well accentuated pine needles. The ginger is less noticeable and will appear mainly in the first couple of sips. Finally this beer has a decent CO2, good crispy head and a fine IPA aroma.
jtclockwork (7991) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours semi-cloudy orange with white head. Nose and taste of citrus, peach bread, ginger, pine needle and caramel malt. Medium body.
dalfaro86 (238) - Mexico City, MEXICO - MAY 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear golden brew with medium white head with regular retention aroma is moderate bitter and moderate sweet with pine, spices, caramel and peach, medium bodied, flavor is moderate to heavy bitter and moderate sweet, bitter finish.