rejtable (1859) - Ontario, - NOV 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a very solid beer! Pours amber with good foamy head retention and tons of lacing. Nose is nice pine and some resin. Aromas are awesome as well, an initial big piney hop hit backed up by some sweet balance. Cereal, maybe biscuits, citrus. Mouth is medium body with lively carbonation. Tastes are good bitter up front, medium sweet though the middle and a great bitter finish. Awesome!
Kauge (842) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 26, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from LCBO. Should’ve checked the BB date - got it a week ago and it’s due already. Pours a slightly hazy orange with a fast dissipating creamy white head. The nose is... disappointing - the hops have faded, and giving an earthy note, yet I do get some sweet, unripe blood orange and malt sweetness, and resiny hints. Tastes along the same lines. But it’s light - the alcohol shines through, it really does. The thin crisp carbonation, the alcohol and finishing harsh bitterness don’t make for a successful trio. This one really seems to suffer from the past BB date (unlike the original Mad Tom, which was pretty nice). I’d give it a maximum 3.0, but as I sense it’s a nice beer if not the old age, I’m tweaking the score just a bit.
I know I’m still not being fair. I’ll try to get a fresher one and rerate.
AlainG (1610) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Entre le blond et l’ambré, elle est voilé et recouverte d’une mousse mince et soyeuse. Une dentelle désintéressée s’accroche à la paroi du verre. Ça sent les agrumes et les conifères sur une base de malt. Des effluves poivrées à l’occasion. Des saveurs dans la même palette avec un aspect croquant et alcoolisé se retrouvent en bouche. Une lente amertume arrive en fin de parcours. Y’a quelque chose d’herbacé et un côté gras et dodu. Merci Mark! (1580-070915)
tderoeck (6651) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 27, 2015
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
17/VIII/15 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle from a trade @ home - BB: 7/VI/15 (2015-1096) Thanks to cards04 for the trade!
Note: whoops, didn’t see the bottle printing of the date when I got this one. Had I known, would’ve drunk it immediately, though I did save them in the fridge all this time. Another claim for brewers to put dates on bottles more clearly, if even at all.
Clear orange beer, aery irregular yellowish head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: sweet, marzipan, alcohol, fruity, sugary. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: sweet start, citrus touch, bitter, malty, marzipan, fruity. Aftertaste: very bitter, some mango, citrus, bit oxidized, malty.
Ron (3106) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at MacGregor’s for Phil’s last week. Sweet and spicy aroma with caramel and citrus and pine. Clear orange amber under a white cover. Caramel malt with some resinous pine and faint citrus. Medium body, moderate carbonation with a lightly bitter finish.
jb (2592) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 22, 2015
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
I prefer Tom when he’s mad but not double mad. A bit too much Tom. Booze not well hidden in nose or taste. Absolutely no subtlety going on here. Grainy. Clear dark gold.
ElManana (1225) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - AUG 17, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at tderoeck’s place. Smells almost like a barley wine, very sweet, malt, not an inviting smell. Taste is better than I was expecting, but it’s in no way on earth an IPA. Very sweet, malty, caramel character. However, not bad!
adamnowek (797) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big and bitter taste. Really nice floral aroma. Hazy orange in appearance with a thin head.
HKdIPA (489) - HONG KONG - JUL 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from LCBO in Ottawa on last morning. Clear amber orange pour. Aroma is orange and ginger hops. Nice. Taste follows - lots of malts. Big boozy bitter finish. Nice.
Simonm223 (6) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2015 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very good strong IPA. Lots of evergreen notes, somewhat akin to drinking a pine tree. But if you like that sort of thing it’ll work; and 8.4% ABV you can afford to drink it slowly.
blackmetal (179) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 4, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A good double IPA with the strong hop flavour with nice pine and citrus notes