SpringsLicker (2933) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Mads for giving me the honor of posting the first U.S. rating for this one. It’s a fitting beer to use for adding a new country as well!
Bottle conditioned .5l bottle.
Batch 75 brew date Brygget 30.04.04 Best for 30.04.07
No health-warning label from the Norwegian Government!
This was shipped from Denmark in early Dec and arrived in early Feb!
Even after this 8 week long journey, this one filled the glass with a immense, sticky head of rocky foam that gave off a clean grapefruit and malt aroma. The body was an orange/amber color, and a bit hazy, which I find perfectly acceptable in a good IPA. The flavor was nicely bitter. But the hop flavors are rounded rather than crisp in this one. The middle is well balanced with malt joining in, but remaining slightly bitter to the finish in a nice way.
This could only be better fresh without the long journey, but as it was in my glass, this was an IPA that would satisfy most U.S. IPA drinkers.
Getting to try a beer like this is what International trading is all about! A new beer to rate, and the first one to post a U.S. rating. Makes me feel like this was truly unique and worth the trouble and expense of doing one of these trades. Again thanks to Madsberg for the trade!
Andy_ (389) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange hazy beer with a huge white head leaving lacing on the glass. Aroma has tropical fruits, grapefruit, licorice and caramel sweetness. Flavor is caramelly sweet and fruity with a salty licoricy finish. Also a fair amount of bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is thicker than medium and little oily. Moderate carbonation. There’s a whole bunch of yeast on the bottom of the bottle, but it’s really better to leave them there. I tried pouring them in for the very end of my glass but it made the taste only worse. All in all, it’s a really good tasting beer, like a model for a great IPA.
olliejobbins (594) - Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle. pours a very hazy yellow with thin head. strong aroma of citrus and earthy dough too. smooth mouth feel. full of flavour. wheaty and citrussy.
BeerandBlues2 (8445) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pours hazy amber with a medium, frothy off-white head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is pine, minty, and woody hops, light biscuit malt, pear and papaya esters. Flavor is heavy hops and bitterness, light crisp malt, fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
avantdagare (103) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
4 finger white head that sank to 1 finger, amber body. Nose: Peach, gooseberries, starfruit and pine. Aroma: Peach, oranges, malt, spruce, resin, kiwi, starfruit, soap, gooseberries and caramel. Long bitter ending.
Chudwick (1533) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft - pours pale amber with white head and great lacing. Nose is resin and pine. Sip adds caramel. Decently hoppy but won’t rip your face off. Enjoyable with no frills.
Gethinbeer (2021) - Musky, Nova Scotia, CANADA - NOV 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2013 Grapefruit hop aroma burts from the hazy copper pour with a frothy white head and clinging lace. Crisp sweet fruit hop flavour. Grapefruit bitterness with syrup texture in the finish. Little soapy. Great beer.
Peter_L (313) - SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flaska från Vinmonopolet i Norge. Bärnstensfärgad vätska med kraftig skum. Dofter av citrus, tall, grape och lite blodapelsin. Lätt beska matchas av en neutral maltkropp. Gräddig munkänsla.
hobsch (227) - Cologne, GERMANY - NOV 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 0.5l at vini mundo Nice. Pours hazy orange with white head. Aroma is floral hops, citrus, mango, peaches. Very good. Taste is light sweet, medium bitter, lot of fruity flavour. Really good balanced and tasty IPA.
Tomy63 (136) - Clermont-Ferrand, FRANCE - NOV 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Couleur ambrée, nez très résineux, sur l’orange, la mandarine et un peu de caramel. Une grosse amertume envahit la bouche, très peu de sucre ici, plutôt du fruit acidulé, encore de l’orange, puis un peu de mangue. Belle finale, un peu sèche et amère.
Vighals (393) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - NOV 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Gylden brun med høyt kremete skum. Sitrus, grapefrukt, plomme. Søtlig, mild sitrus bitterhet. Mild behagelig bitter ettersmak.