Ughsmash (7101) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Poured clear, lighter orange with a short, tight-bubbled white head. The aroma picked up juicy grapefruit, spicy spruce, and orange zest over warm bread and honey notes.. spicy, warm, and well-balanced. The flavor found sweet fruit and bready notes at the core, with resiny orange bitterness, black pepper, and spruce around.. finished very bitter with a final peppery kick and full belly warmth. Medium-plus bodied, bitter, and engaging on the palate.. good feel and flow.. tasty stuff!
Habanero (2495) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours slightly hazy and pale amber with a medium sized off-white head, that leaves a fair lacing. Nose of caramel and citrus fruits and notes of spices. Sweet flavor that ends up dry and nice bitter. Medium bodied, oily textuere and soft CO2. OK. . ★★★
Uhlen (251) - Trondheim, NORWAY - NOV 28, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
White foamy head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Clear golden liquid. Sweet aroma of a barleywine. Taste goes from a hoppy start, that mysteriously evolves into a licorice-like carameltasting ipa. Some bitterness in the aftertaste. Will definately try to get my hands on more of these.
NBird (343) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1L bottle from keg. Yellow amber colour, small head. Fruity hop aroma, citrus and super hoppy, malty, bitter and strong alcohol. Hopfest.
epiphyte707 (66) - eureka, California, USA - NOV 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2013 12 oz pours orange gold little head no lacing. Smells of bubble gum, elderberry, and caramel. Tastes sweet, floral, bittersweet hoppy profile. Nice alcohol content considering its smooth taste.
Yorker (1112) - Herning, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33 cl bottle @ home. Pours amber with a white head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma is citrusy and resinous hops as well as some caramel malt. Flavour follows the aroma with some warming alcohol and a bitter finish.
mkel07 (3145) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 9, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
330ml bottle. Looks thick in the glass with a deep head and a golden honey amber colour. As expected there is plenty of big floral and citrus hop aromas with passion fruit also in the mix. Thick and oily in the mouth with a great hop flavour. Sits in the mouth and lingers on the palate.
dfearnley (889) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 mL bottle to flute
Aroma of pine, resin, grapefruit, caramel, and papaya. Slightly cloudy amber with a small off white head and good lacing. Taste slams you with a heavy long lasting bitterness with a little acidity. The palate is medium bodied, oily and slick.
Boutip (4656) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a cloudy beige color lager with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry and citrusy hops is dominant with dry caramel malt base quite discreet. Taste is also dominated by herbal hops notes with quite dry notes and a medium citrusy finish. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. The description is spot on with hops being the dominant flavour and honestly I could not have known that this was lager if it wasn’t for the label.
n0mel (250) - FINLAND - OCT 26, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(From notes 26 Oct, 2012) Bottle. The label differs greatly from the one RB displays. Anyway, the head is fluffy and off-white in color. The beer is a slightly hazy golden. The aroma is a refreshing fruity hops with candy. Flavor is bitter apricot. Mouthfeel is soft. Finish is an astringent citrus bitter.
Only afterwards did I read the label carefully enough to realize that this is not an imperial IPA. Well, I could not tell the difference. Good, refreshing hoppy beer.