Miksu (4741) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - MAY 13, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Hazy dark amber color. Tropical fruity and sweaty hops in the aroma. Thick bittersweet flavor with grapefruit, lemon, nuts, toffee and pepper. Very firm taste. Slightly too thick for my palate.
downender (5624) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Corks, Bristol. Hazy amber in colour with a slight white head. Aromas of pine, grapefruit and sweet, caramel malts. Big, caramel flavours, with some dough, berry fruits and sticky apricots. Plenty of pine in the finish, along with warming alcohol. Very good.
tdtm82 (668) - Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A descent IPA indeed. Good floral and fruity texture. Caramel body. Very piney and earthy too. Reminds me of some of the hoppy American beers. A very interesting English-US style beer. Drinkable and alcohol is very very presant. Suprisingly so. This is a big threatening beer. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
SaintMatty (4280) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught (Pikkulintu, Helsinki) - Shared with Doggythedog. Amber in colour. Pine, toffee and grapefruit in the aroma. Hoppy taste with grapefruit, caramel, pine and peach.
jnelson_22 (118) - Heerlen, NETHERLANDS - APR 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours amber brown with a decent white head. Nose is spicy, citrus hops, pomegranate, some toffee cookies. More spicy, tangy citrus hops in the mouth, plenty of bitterness nicely balanced with a sweet toffee-like malt character. A good, full-flavored imp ipa.
DruncanVeasey (6621) - NUNEATON, Conference Premier, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Darts Farm, Topsham, Devon. Been after this one for a while. Walloping sweet, pungent aroma right up there with the DFH IPAs and Mikkeller single hop stuff; grapefruit juice, Jelly Tots, lemon sherbets, pepper and (unlike those beers), more than a hint of Feta cheese on the turn- the whole lot honeyed enticingly with the sweetness of freshly crushed malt and raisiny, dripping bitterness of 80% Lindt. Pours deep, glowy orange propping up a thick cream head. Massive alcohol warm and bitterness with the first sip requiring a slight readjustment of the senses...there, that’s done it...deep nutty and biscuity malts supporting a great swaying, hallucinogenic canopy of flowers, resins, pine, confectionary, furniture, Rowntree’s jellies..all the things that hopheads love, and more. Evil lemon mousse palate sliding down like milkshake. The more beers I drink the more I big up the genuinely rare (in the qualitative, not the quantitative sense), and this is it: the best IPA or DIPA, or whatever you want to call it, I’m aware of in England right now. Is it too late to ditch Carlsberg and make this the official beer of England’s 2010 campaign? Sorry, just drifted into a parallel universe...
Marko (3724) - Split, CROATIA - APR 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught? Cask? at Pikkulintu, shared with SaintMatty. Poured a hazy dark amber-red body. Some fruity hopiness and chewy maltiness in the taste. Full orangey taste, dry and acidic. Light bitter hoppy finish. Some nice peach also but overall just a touch too dry and acidic for its own good. Still, it gets better later on.
johninmelb (1116) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Intriguing nose with notes of grapefruit, musk sticks and dirty socks. Pours a slightly cloudy copper with a good, persistant head. Then you taste it - what a blinder! A huge, big, fat IPA with tons of hoppy goodness in perfect harmony with a sweet, candy malt; the whole underpinned brilliantly with a good hefty kick of alcohol that tastes rich and estery but in no way cloying or astringent. The finish is long and incredibly moreish. I almost wish it was less alcoholic so I could drinkl more of it. A winner.
rmasa (324) - Vantaa, FINLAND - APR 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy amber color, big white head; aroma is sweet fruity, of hops and hints of caramel; quite full-bodied and smooth; flavor is quite sweet of caramel and fruits with moderate bitterness in the finish.
SilkTork (5020) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2010
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gravity cask at Dover Beer Festival. Warm and confident. Though a little bit syrupy and cloying this is a good balance of malt and hops. A fairly predictable beer - it uses a lot of hops and malt, and the result is what you’d expect - though well made and tasty enough to be enjoyable. Slight citric burn after a while.