Jimthechap (1610) - Christchurch, - MAY 11, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reddish amber colour with a good collar of cream coloured head that is sinking slowly into the body of the beer, leaving good lace. The aroma seems to be like chipped red conifer bark, amber malt and a little funk. Whatever hopping went on, it wasn’t the extraordinary blast of typical imperial IPAs. There might be a bit of floral character, but it seems to be like sniffing a rhododendron that has been newly manured. There seems to be some sort of poohy smell going on. In the mouth there is a good mouthfeel of fine bubbles along with amber dessert tart like flavours and a twinge of bitterness that becomes more pronounced as it goes on. There is the richness of body and warmth that the increase alcohol level as afforded but my feeling is that the hopping in this beer is a little too tentative for what the label is trying to achieve. I quote: "BIG intense hop flavours and aromas." Well, it seems a bit shy compared with others of this style. It’s like trying to wheedle a shy animal out of its cage: come on brewer, just put in a bit more hopping, there’s the boy, come on, coooome on, there’s a good boy.
A step in the right direction but not overt enough. I refer to a better example as Middlemiss Hodgson IIPA or even Boundary Road’s Home Run.
gyllenbock (4549) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Shakespeare Tavern, Auckland, August 2014. A bit hazy amber with a medium white head. Not as hoppy as expected. Caramel, some grapefruit and light malt. Medium bitterness.
mkel07 (3303) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 16, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Stewarts Wine Co November 2013. One from the Brewers Series. Not bad, not great, certainly drinkable.
varanid99 (491) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 17, 2014
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Amber pour with a thin white head. Aroma is mostly malt, with a tiny bit of citrus. Taste is heavy on the malt, boozy, a little bitterness but not much hop character. Bit of a dud.
Viter (33) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 9, 2014
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Averge to poor double IPA. Can't really smel or taste the cascade (though I had it from bottle!). Poor aroma and too much alcohol in taste. Colour was all right.
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Vanz (189) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 3, 2014
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Oh so average, the description is terrible. This beer may be double hopped, but not well. The hop flavour is definitely lacking, and this tastes more of an average standard english IPA, too much alcohol showing through.
kiwianer (3336) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The head is good, the body orange. It smells hopintensive, creamy, malty. The taste is fruity, hoparomatic, malty, bit creamy, flowery, fresh. I like it!
Cantabrian (806) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 4, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2013 I had this one thanks to the great Jimthechap. Perhaps because I quite liked the fruitiness of their regular IPA on this fancy, high priced series, this comes as a bit of a turn off. Dark rummish appearance, with little head to brag about. Taste is nice and mellow, not much of bitterness or the expected fruitiness, maybe just some orange marmelade and rind. More of a Barley Wine type of feel. Although every individual feature seems to be acceptable, the end result is below average.
KyleCameron (21) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 30, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A little over fined maybe? As the palate of this beer has little depth of character. The hops are showcased but again, for a "double-hopped" I thought they were not very apparent. A solid beer even if it made to a price. Cheaper than most bigger IPA’s as well. Which is ideal for the student.
Brodies_Best (239) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 20, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle pours copper brown with slight head. Moderate carbonation. Aroma is of caramel and alcohol. Pucker caramel bitter. Bitter dry aftertaste.
ShaneJ (499) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 31, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Plonk. Darkish amber, quickly fading white head, quite sweet malt character, not much hops happening, some piney/resiney bitterness, slick mouthfeel, disappointing, but still an ok drinkable beer. Certainly better than anything from the Aussie macro-brewers.