MechanicalMind (22) - Crawley, West Sussex, - FEB 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark ruby with a chocolate head that settles to a thin ring. On the schnoz is tropical fruit, mango, apricot, roasty slightly smokey coffee if you sniff hard enough. Not a heavy mouthfeel which is representative of the ABV, but doesn’t lack flavour, sweet up front, candied fruit, with the hoppy piney bitterness creeping up on you at the finish. Obviously it doesn’t have the smack-you-in-the-face flavour of a 7% BIPA, but as the bottle says; sessionable BIPA. Indeed!
Ragnampiza (181) - ITALY - MAR 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
660 ml bottle from Ales By Mail, served in a pint glass. Almost black in colour, just some dark brown tinges in the glass base, with a nice, creamy and persistent light beige head. Great lacing. In a dark room, I would probably say that this was a typical IPA. Just a tiny tiny hint of roasted malts, perhaps some smoke/ash notes as well, but the nose is dominated by herbal hops, tropical fruits in abundance, citrus, resin and pine needles. Completely different in the mouth, where a resiny, bitter and slightly astringency part is perfectly complemented by a chocolaty, toasted and dark coffee part. Burnt caramel and almost vanilla-like aftertaste. Average carbonation, light body and creamy texture. One of the best, and true (imho) to style BIPA, almost as good as Magic Rock 8 Ball which is still my favourite. A cracking beer anyway!
Otterdance (156) - Norwich, Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Black with foamy off-white head. Fruity aroma with a hint of smoke. The bitter grapefruit hops are nice balanced with blackberry, wheat, liquorice and some malty chocolate. Sweetness at the front, with a long bitter finish. It does lack body, but I’m not complaining, as at under 5% I could drink this all day.
ComradeK (908) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - FEB 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bottle. Pours an opaque ruby-flashed black, with a medium beige head, which lasts well and leaves decent lacing. Pine, grapefruit and white pepper hops mix with roasty malt and a touch of cocoa to create the aroma. Strong pine and white pepper hops up front give way to roasty malt and black coffee in the mid-palate. Grapefruit hops and a little cocoa appear in the finish. This is a nice black IPA, with a satisfying balance of hops and dark malt.
culchiem (2222) - Berlin, GERMANY - FEB 4, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Clean black with a thin tan head. Aroma is grapefruit and chocolate. Flavor is sour bitter roast malt and fruit. Silky texture on a long dry roast finish.
agent_persik (279) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown almost black murky color, medium beige head. Aroma of malt, pine, tropical fruits and citrus. Taste is similar with additional notes of roast and coffee, dry bitter with hoppy finish and aftertaste. Medium body and soft carbonation. Easy to drink and quite enjoyable.
markas101 (1779) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
65 cl bottle, Calgary, AB, Canada via Oak and Vine. Deep black-brown, thick head. Bright hop aroma, some blackberry and soy sauce. Smooth, quite deep flavour, long bittersweet finish.
Lambister (150) - FINLAND - DEC 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
660 ml bottle in courtesy of K0mpsa. Pours deep dark brown with minimal off white head. Aroma is toasty and malty with some wheaty notes. Flavor is sweet, toasted malty and syrapy. All in all brilliant brew.
k0mpsa (896) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - DEC 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from drink shop, tallinn. Black color, light brown head. Aroma is fruity, malty, roasty. Roasty and fruity hoppy aroma, fantastic pure taste.
mjs (4202) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle, 0.66 l - BB 30 Sep 2014, 20131129) The beer poured very dark brown and clear. Its head was medium sized and almost white. Aroma had pine, malts and burnt malts. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were pine, saltiness, liquorice, burnt malts and bitterness. Aftertaste had saltiness, burnt malts and bitterness. A bit too burnt but the nice salty flavour saved a lot. Good beer.
MrHangover (2076) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ tasting, courtesy of jmgreenuk. Pours a very dark brown beer with a big beige head on top. Head leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma of chocolate, grapefruit and some molasses and fruity yeast. Flavor is a well balanced combo of hoppy influences alongside some sweet malty characters. Very well balanced and incredibly good to drink. Flavors could be a more present and outstanding though, but still a nice beer!