Jimthechap (1941) - 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.
heyden (80) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 15, 2015
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I was looking for more hops aroma and taste in a double hopped IPA. What really comes through is the malt, which is something often overlooked by IPA fans. But unfortunately this particular bottle has an undesirable spirity hot alcohol taste
tombutlin (59) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 18, 2015
2.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Decent taste, a bit malty for my preference, but virtually no aroma. Lightly carbonated and good bitterness throughout the mouthful, but not too much lingering bitterness - nice. A bit one-dimensional and severely lacking in aroma for an IPA, let alone a double IPA.
SperkeleForce (704) - FINLAND - MAR 12, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle 33 CL at Viking line. Summery, flowery, malts, caramel. Like a summer stroll in march. Its decent.
k0mpsa (1558) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - MAR 2, 2015
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Clear copper color, white head. Nice aroma is hops and malts. Sweet malty body, hint of alcohol, hoppy. Not good but not bad.
dathzo (18) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 4, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from bottle in New Zealand. Basic IPA, short hops. Malty flavour and not long finish
waiake (342) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 1, 2014
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had this a month or so ago during a long fun night & found it delicious, now less so this sunday avo, pours orange gold with a fine frothy head, taste is malt hops citrus & alcohol with a real tangy aftertaste
Earplay (39) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 23, 2014
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma floral, plastic, maybe some alcohol and caramel malt. Taste is strong hop flavour competing with sweet raisiny malt. Bitter lingering aftertaste as expected. Not an overly well balanced IPA.
Leonardus (46) - Rolleston, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 28, 2014
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Acidic and bitter with no complexity in taste. Pours flat. Not a good example of a double hopped IPA, please go back and alter the recipe guys.
EPIC and Harringtons breweries examples of IPA’s leave this drop for dead. It is disappointing to not being able to find a fine tasting Monteiths brewed beer these days (true),because the name is so West Coast with such fond memories. Keep working on it, please.
gyllenbock (5388) - 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 (3996) - 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.