leaparsons (7671) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Copper, red and brown with an off-white foam. Aromas are bubblegum and spices with marzipan and pine. Woody with cream and peppery alcohol. Tangerine with floral notes and yeast. Pink grapefruit with hints of banana. Flavours are tinned oranges syrup with spices. Bitter and sweet grapefruit with slight nutty notes. Warming alcohol but very smooth for it’s strength. Some vegetable aspects with floral, spicy hops. Very good.
TheEpeeist (3139) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
660 ml bottle. Foggy amber with white suds. Nose is candied orange peel, juniper, dusty attic and a touch of cayenne. Full bodied resin bomb but sadly almost flat. Taste is tangerine, caramel, gin and pink grapefruit. Finishes with a crunching bitterness and a burn.
Geokkjer (5221) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 1, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap@The Warf, Aalborg.Pours amber orange whit a small white head.Aroma of caramel, citrus/grapefruit, and fruitiness.Flavor is sweet and warming with some caramel and a sweet and bitter finish.Full body, average carbonation.
wyzzywyz22 (1842) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, Corks of Cotham, Bristol. Very murky amber pour with a medium sized, lingering off white head. Nose had plenty happening and was very fragrant and hop laden, with notes of sweet malt, sweaty pits (arm not coal), bubblegum and booze. Flavour was also big, with balanced fruit and sweetness tussling with a good and heavy hop hit that was just bob on and left a cracking bitter finish.I wish there were more English IPAs like this out there. Very enjoyable stuff. Dug it.
mR_fr0g (1792) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Rake London. Aromas of citrus fruit, grapefruit and toffee malts. Big bitter hop flavour and nice malt backbone. Quite similar to Brewdog’s Hardcore.
theSlipperyPen (230) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the bottle, 9.5% ABV. Pours a copper toned amber with a blood orange tint to it; the head is a tall, tight thing but quickly lows, leaving a yellow ring and some fine lacing. The nose is big on the malts and citrus fruits; fresh orange, marmalade and a sharper grapefruit aroma. These carry through to the palate, with the malt holding a rich toffee taste. The hops go straight into bitter mode, balancing the sweetness somewhat. However, this remains a rounded IPA. I’m not sure when this was bottle but the hops seem to have lost some of their floral characters, leaving the beer with a malt heavy quality; closer to the barley wine mentioned on the label. It’s really very tasty though. You can tell there’s booze here but it makes up part of the flavour profile rather than being heated in any way. The mouth feel is thick with a medium carbonation, giving the beer a creamy texture. It finishes on orange peel, pith and bittersweet hops. And finally there’s a slight cheesiness, a little vintage cheddar, if you will. An excellent beer.
Quack-Duck (7491) - Down South, GERMANY - OCT 27, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle from Darts Farm (08/2010). Nearly clear, perhaps slightly hazy chestnut-amber colour. Rather shy but very pleasant resiny-citrusy hop aroma. Full-bodied, intensive malt flavours, incredibly intensive resiny-citrusy hop flavours. Perhaps a bit more resin-flavours in the hops than in some American Double IPAs. Lingering bitter-dry hoppy finish. Spicy and very, very hoppy. The alcohol is detectable though very well disguised.
lusikka (5175) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Olutravintola Pikkulintu. Rated @ 22.4.2010.
Pours a dark amber colour with a white head. Good retention and lacy. Loads of hops with fruity notes, pleasant. Mild sweet flavour of caramel malts, fresh hops and fruits. Great dry hoppy finish. Medium bodied with a slicky mouthfeel. Pleasant brew.
Thure (152) - DENMARK - SEP 3, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
@ The Wharf. The aroma is tense maltieness and American citrus hops. Colour is murky copper what looks like hop haze. Flavor is intense citrus and grape with a nice strong maltyness backbone. It is very like Avery Brewing Co’s Maharaja double IPA. A very intense malt and hops beer.
Embrouille (2788) - SWITZERLAND - AUG 27, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
courtesy of fiulijn. Very nice appearance. Not very complex. Slightly nutty and surprisingly malty.