Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JAN 7, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very murky bronze copper color, small forming of an off white head. Aroma is butterscotch, the hops add a citrus fruit overtone. Flavor is definitely hops, subltle undertones of malt add to it. A balanced west coast IPA? Ooooookkkkkkkkk
Maria (10187) - Thisted, DENMARK - JAN 1, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown/golden, very hazy with a creamy, nice head. The aroma has fantastic notes of aroma hops and fruit. The flavour doesnít disappoint with itís smooth and mellow notes of fruit, citrus and caramel before the refreshing bitterness ends the experience in a nice and very long finish. The bitterness isnít as extreme as I thought it would be, but itís still extremely nice....
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 didnít 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 didnít 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 (1433) - 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 doesnít 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!" Thatís 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. Iím sure Iíd 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. Thereís a suggestion of caramel malts and some sweet mint and grapefruit in the mid-palate but the overwhelming flavour is puckering pine cleaner. Itís 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, Iím 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) - GŲteborg, 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.