Dedollewaitor (15096) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Johnny’s Off License, Rome. Pours clear golden with a small white head and lacings. Crisp and fruity hoppy profile. Peach and grapefruit. Medium and smooth palate. Lasting dry end. Very nice
Borresteijn (5853) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle in Johnny’s Off Licence bottleshop at RBESG Rome Day 2. Hazy amber colour, off white head. Aroma is sweet, fruity with pineapple, grapefruit, malts and loads of hops. Flavour is sweet and fruity, grapefruit and pineapple again, earthy liquorice root powder, strong hoppy finish. Medium bodied. Very good stuff.
cgarvieuk (19021) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 4, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2012 bottle in johnys off licence rome ... hazy dark amber ... thin white head ... sweet pine resins .. little grapefruit hop nose ... sweet rich hop .. loads of resins ....very nice
bottle at the tap ... copper ... thin white head ...light dry lime hop nose ... zezty juicy pine hop ... soft toffeemalt ... little grapefruit ... huge hop resins ... 3.9
johndoughty (4619) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at 9.5 rather than 9 per cent. Blond with a small head.Full bodied as you would expect with lots of hops and some citrus. Bitter finnish and very much up with the awesome American IPA’s. A must try.
Miksu (5033) - 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 (7392) - 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 (1519) - 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 (6302) - 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 (7999) - NUNEATON, 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...