PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Copper coloured ale. Off white head (beige). Spicy aroma. Complex flavour, raisins, grape fruit, pine apple, hay blends and lingers on to a floral hoppy finish. Hides the ABV very well. Excellent.
chriso (7475) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, at Olbaren, Copenhagen, May 2006. Not one of my favourite Mikkeller beers, which is not to say I didn’t like it. Sure it has all that powerful resinous, piney, grapefruit hop character. Sure it has whopping IBU levels. None of which bothers me. But I found it sharp to the point of astringency and slightly lacking in other elements to counteract that. The mouthfeel is slick, with an oily consistency. Somehow it just didn’t all hand together perfectly. I think this was a very early release so there might have been tweaks since.
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 17, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark coppery colored, medium sized yellow head. Cloudy appearance. Nicely fruity and caramelly aroma with apple and only mild hops, not very IPAish aroma. Medium to full bodied. Flavor is richer with more traditional IPA tones: hops, flowers, dryness and some caramel, mild alcohol also there. Aftertaste lasts with hops and caramel, flowers come up too.
highlandlad (1430) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - DEC 3, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A friend says his idea of hell would be to be trapped in a lift with Robin Williams and a mound of cocaine. He reckons Williams would be terrific company for about five minutes but doesn’t know when to stop and would go on and on and on until your ears bled and you rolled on the floor with your hands over your ears screaming "Shut up! In the name of God, shut up!" That’s kind of how I feel about this heavily-hopped Danish IPA. I enjoy a hoppy ale as much as the next beer geek, but this is too much of a good thing for my taste. I’m sure I’d rate it higher if it was Beer 15 of a long tasting session and my senses were dulled. But as Beer 3, it was overpowering. It looked fantastic, a rich cloudy caramel-copper with a souffle head that splashed lace liberally and lasted well. The aroma was industrial-strength Pinoclean, fresh, hoppy and medicinal with some lychee fruitiness. However, the Chinook, Cascade and Amarillo are so dominant that nothing else gets a sniff. The first sip sets the brain spinning. "Full flavoured" barely starts to describe the experience. There’s a suggestion of caramel malts and some sweet mint and grapefruit in the mid-palate but the overwhelming flavour is puckering pine cleaner. It’s alcoholic and very rich. The finish is a brutal wash of alpha acids. I understand why this appeals to many palates. Personally, I favour something more balanced. Still, I’m glad to have the opportunity to try it - thanks Henrik. (500ml bottle from trade with Papsoe.)
Bullrup (20) - SWEDEN - DEC 1, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap provided by Mikkeller. Very hoppy with long aftertaste. Hints of citrus and elder. Delicious!
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a slightly hazy copper color with a small off-white head. Earthy hop aroma hits the nose first but not over powering. Good sweet caramel malt underneath. Earthy and citrus hop flavor mixed with sweet malt. Good balance with a moderately bitter semi-dry finish.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 17, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The thing that really suprise me about this beer was the aroma. I found a little smokyness in the nose, which combined insanely well with the floral hops to make one interesting sniff. A creamy mouthfeel, nicely balanced hop/malt attack and a bit of sweetness and this is one excellent IPA. I want more!
RobertGBG (109) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, Aroma of flower, heavy initial bitterness that last a long time. Not really my cup of tee, but far from bad.
pubbe (493) - Højbjerg, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (according to brewmaster it had only resided in the bottle for two days!). Golden brown with average off-white creamy head. Flowery and bitter aroma displaying an almost perfect balance between hops and malt. Creamy on the the palate and with flavor of dried citrus peel and more hops and malts. Finish lingers on for more than a minute. Almost perfect american pale ale.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Again I think I got the backwash of the boys here...I really should plan these parties better, big soapy frothy citrusy mouthful--the abc version-- hard to judge an appearance off of. Never really seemed to dissipate. The commerical description "fermented with an American ale yeast strain" sounds like terrorism..........