stravale (2062) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - APR 5, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Great Grog, Edinburgh
Deep orange amber, some haze, thin frothy white head, some lacing
Aroma of citrus hops, orange, tangerine, some soft grapefruit, light grassy hops, very slight peanut, juicy soft caramel malts, soft orange zest, subtle but quite complex, well blended
Taste of resinous hops, soft pithy grapefruit, soft orange zest, orange, juicy citrus fruits, soft grassy hops, slight pine, juicy malts , soft caramel, everything very well blended, complex, nothing astringent, dangerously drinkable, alcohol very well masked, more fruits in the taste than aroma, more understated than another DIPAs....but perhaps a bit too understated?
Palate soft carb. medium body, fairly light viscosity compared to other more viscous DIPAs. Finish as main flavour, soft bitterness, soft orange zest, clears off palate very well.
Overall - very elegant double IPA, very well balanced, nothing over the top.
faber (16) - Rome, ITALY - APR 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Me l’ero persa l’anno scorso, ho rimediato al volo ieri alla brasserie 4:20, non lasciatevi ingannare dal nome, di double ha ben poco, ma rimane una signora Ipa che si lascia gustare tra dolci aromi di luppolo e un perfetto equilibrio in bocca tra caramello-resina-erba. Finale secco che prepara la seconda sorsata. Mi aspettavo di meglio dai maestri norvegesi. Ps lasciate perdere se per voi le ipa devono essere un concentrato di amaro....
kschep (1706) - DENMARK - APR 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
#1402 draught; nose is cane sugar, bittersweet hops, weak red grape, feel is quite fat, carb is mediumheavy, taste is sweet fruits, dry hops, cloves, late weak bitterness
Mortlach (962) - Rome, ITALY - MAR 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
04/07/2011 Brasserie 4:20 (tap). Ambrata, intensa, con riflessi color arancia, buona schiuma biancastra morbida, non molto persistente. Aroma di malto, caramello, luppolo, ben bilanciato ma un po’ monotono. In bocca fa meglio, risulta sempre ben bilanciata, amara, appena caramellata, senza eccessi né dall’una né dall’altra parte, e risulta più secca della #500. Corpo medio, carbonazione corretta. Gradevole e ben fatta.
omega (681) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a little flat. A cloudy IIPA which has a great nose, which did not follow through on the palate.
jstraw (1906) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Muddy orange-amber with creamy beige head / Dull nose of cooked citrus & pineapple, and caramel / Medium to full body, sweet and somewhat syrupy, with biting hops and good finish / Somewhat clumsy flavors of caramel, cooked citrus, and pine / Disappointing, but some concern this bottle is fresh.
Alexus (240) - Stavanger, NORWAY - MAR 20, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle @ Cardinal, Stavanger. Hazy deep orange color with a nice little head. Aromas of citrus and clean hops and some light fruits. Good dosage of bitterness to balance the heavy sweetness from the malts. Full body.
A really great IPA.
McNeillR (1122) - SCOTLAND - MAR 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fresh yeasty blast with a chunky white head that slips away quietly. Bombastic pink grapefruit nose develops to match a burnt orange body - second half of the bottle pouring darkens further. Citrus burps amidst suprisingly smoothered alcohol hops - for 8.5% to only see these coming through in a glassy shine on the initial palate was probably the most important characteristic of the beer. White spirits notion on the nose hits harder as things settle and the stamper of home-brewing ends in the pampers of the glass. A fine brew all round. (Bottle, Vino, Edinburgh)
RichardW (1461) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle, Coppers, Ncl. Earthy fresh hop aroma, with initial caramel taste. There’s peach, gooseberry and mango flavours, with some jamminess. Had a thick sediment that held together very well during the pour, resulting in a good looking beer, with just a trace of haze.A really great DIPA, that warms slowly on the way down.
Farmgirl73 (10) - - MAR 4, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lovely aroma and mmmmmmmmmm I love beer. Beer, beer, beer, in my belly. Sweet sweetitude