DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice bitter grapefruit up front, turning very sweet afterward with a big punch from the pine at the end. As it warms the pine is very strong in the aftertaste but is tempered a bit by the sweetness. Interesting transition from bitter to sweet to bitter again. Not as much ginger as in the nose, just a hint in the aftertaste.
Davros (2220) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours amber with a small head.
Nose shows heavy caramel and resinous hops. Pine underneath. Very malty aroma.
Pretty malty flavours too. More pine and resin, but lots of sweet clean malt balancing things out. Assertive bitterness in the finish but the malt wins out.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The pour is a clear golden color with a full, fluffy, creamy, off-white head which is mostly lasting and leaves scattered, drippy lace. The nose is pleasant with lots of pine resins, floral, herbal, light ginger, some pink grapefruit, and gooseberries. The flavor is very similar with lots of fruit (gooseberries, pink grapefruit), still quite resinous, piney, very faint ginger, and herbal underneath. The palate is lively, light to medium, and oily/sticky. The finish is mostly bitter, gooseberries, pine resins, and herbal. I actually liked this quite a bit; the intense fruit was pleasant for me, and the underlying herbal was a nice touch. The pine addition is an obvious complementary piece but the subtle ginger worked well in this, despite my skepticism. Just another great beer from Mikkeller.
heckfy (5) - CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 19, 2012 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pine, grapefruit and fruit aroma.
Nice golden color. Medium head.
Light sweetness, medium bitterness. Medium body, average carbonation.
Good grapefruit bitter finish.
RichTheVillan (4157) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; clear amber pour substantial white head, tropical fruity aroma, I detect Simcoe in the taste with a slight hint of ginger piney resinous nectar in a glass.
Cirrhosis (1252) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This review is from the bottle but I also just drank this on tap last week. Nice looking beer, tall fluffy one inch crown that reduced to a nipple. Heavy sweet hop aroma, ruby red grape fruit, I do hit ginger but it is faint, I only think I smell pine because I read it in the description. Aroma is good not great. Taste is crisp but not intense, highly drinkable. Woody peach flavour, hints of ginger, dusty finish. After taste lingers in a nice way. Beer seemed way better on tap but that might have been the company I was with. Brew is getting sweet as it warms. Why do I enjoy watching "Gold rush Alaska" so much. So easy drinking, Wish it was better.
mikeyswede (37) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
As stated a very hoppy christmas brew that just has a great taste and I could become addicted
flip_soeperman (737) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Some aroma of pine within fruity hops. Ginger has a hot ending in the beer. Body is not quite up to the heat. Interesting but not very great. Good experiment.
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KyotoLefty (7263) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Yamaichi. Nice hoppy nose, citrus, grass, pine, some ginger, biscuit and light caramel malts. Deep gold with a tall, fine head. Piney, resiny flavor, lots of hops, grass, spice, (light ginger, though I don’t know if I would have guessed). Very hoppy, bitter finish with some alcohol. A bit of honey, biscuit, sweet orange. Unbalanced and bitter but flavorful and fun.
dfearnley (1164) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330mL bottle to pint glass
Aroma of hops, ginger, grapefruit, and pine. Slightly cloudy pale yellowish amber with a thick bubbly off white head. Taste is bitter and lightly acidic. Light body and a bit thin and slick. A nice festive hoppy ale.