WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2010 OK. Ignore the previous rating. Does beer need time to breathe? Or just to warm up. Pours a clear dark copper with a huge foamy head, that leaves not just fantastic lace but a heap of suds, like the remains of an ice cream float. Nose of grapefruit, pine, and sweet malts. Flavor to match. Still a bit viscous, but the carbonation balanced perfectly. Indeed, everything seemed in balance. Still too pricey but a delightfully big almost overdone beer, like the Mikkeller Great Bear Draft. // Pours a hazy brown, almost no head, as if it’s too viscous for foam. Nose of grapefruit, pine tar, sweet malts. This is gonna be good. But no ... a slam of bitterness, followed by nuanced bitterness, is the grapefruit rind or oranges? Followed by a hint of malt. There are a lot of pure hop slams on the market, and they are a lot cheaper than this. Dead in the mouth, which is odd. This much alcohol produces bubbles, but maybe the beer is too thick for a head. This is not a Belgian strong, but an American double IPA, and not a great one. Maybe if I give it another six months I’ll detect a hint of Belgian yeast notes and rerate. Minus a point or two for the price / complexity and alcohol / complexity ratios, both strongly unfavorable.
kschep (1707) - DENMARK - AUG 30, 2010
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
very hoppy and sweet on nose and in taste. super-balanced carb, but somewhat uninteresting lemony hops on the taste
Die_Kapusta (191) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Semi hazy, apricot color pour. Medium off-white head. Fruity aroma with red currant, goose berries and nettles, plus a suttle tone of chopped wood. I really like the smell. The taste is not really what I expected, based on the aroma. The brettanomyces yeast together with the american hops makes it quite interesting, even though the self proclaimed "mix between a Belgian Orval and an American IPA" is a bit misleading. It´s closer to an IPA than an Belgian Ale. I sense some citrus flavours together with net melon and honey. Palate is a bit dry and the sweet fruitiness is short lived. I get a lot of fresh american hops in both aroma and taste which I really enjoy, and it has a rather long bitter finish.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours out in a clear amber colour with a rich lively off-white head. Floral hops, orange-peels, yeast and cookies in the aroma. Medium-bodied with notes of brett, nectarines, grass, yeast, peaches and orange-peels. Bitter orangey finish.
Countbeer (5982) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - JUL 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small 3 mm beige foamy lacing.
Hazy amber brown color.
Smell a lot of bitter, hops, hints of syrup, grapefruit, yeast, raisin.
Taste is a good mix of raisin, vanilla, smoke, hints of yeast.
Taste turns into bitter into light bitter into less bitter more sweet coffee taste.
ROGUE (2156) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - JUL 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Pours a hazy golden copper color with a one finger white head that recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.
Smell has strong piney hops in the forefront with hints of caramel, citrus, and sweet candy. Big piney hop flavor, along with citrus hops, caramel, white pepper, spices, and a touch of candi sugar. A nice funkiness comes through as the beer warms. Medium body, very creamy with soft carbonation.
DocLock (9675) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2010
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours turbid dull ruddy muddy brown with 2f off white head. Nose is huge piney hops, caramel malt, yeasty spice esters, pineapple, tangerine. Tastes rich, hoppy, with big spice, piney hops, caramel malt, very complex, very piney. Gets a tad dry late, but remains extremely delicious throughout.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 1, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
In short: A very funky (bretty) and leathery golden ale hopped like an American IPA. Kick-ass.
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed about one year after the beer was bottled. Sent to me by Savy1982, thanks a lot Kyle
The look: Partly cloudy golden body topped by large off-white head
In long: Nose is a blend of brett funk, a bouquet of flowers and citrusy hops. Taste expands on the nose. Moderately funky, a good brett presence but not to the point of dominating the beer. A lot of floral, piney and fruity hops that are overall a bit resinous. Also a lot of grapefruits. A lot leather, I have rarely experience so much leather in a beer. Sharp finish that is both bitter and tart. This thing is hopped like an American IPA. I’ve had many so-called bretty IPA in the past few years. Most were interesting but none really succeeded at blending these two elements I like so much. Now this one comes out of nowhere does it perfectly and it is not even described as a bretty IPA. I’d go as far as to say that there is a little Orval going on here. And since Orval is objectively the best beer in the world then this is also a great beer. I got this as a “filler” in a trade that was centered around other bottles. I had no expectations. This was as unexpected as a Motorhead song dedicated to those who love tranquility and harmony.
jredmond (7305) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split with pat. Pours dark hazy red body with small one finger white head. Aroma is fruit and some citrus and pine hop. Mouthfeel is nice with bitter flavors of hop.
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. 25.4 oz. Split with James. Pours a ruby amber with a thick, rich, two-finger beige head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, malts, grapefruit, and tons of bitter hops. Medium bodied with a loose, slightly tart palate. Easy, quick finish. Decent Belgian strong. I expected much more from Mikkeller, especially with the label advertising the "wild yeast." Expected a sour.