neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
50 cL bottle from the LCBO, served in a snifter. Pours hazy orange-amber with a moderate off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a moderate amount of fine lace. On the nose, there are big citrus notes of orange and lemon, along with flowers, tropical fruit, and touches of grain and caramel. The flavour is intensely bitter throughout with big pine and grapefruit, but there is also a moderate caramelly, biscuity malt background that doesn’t quite balance. Notes of mango and peach peek through as well. Bitterness kicks up a notch towards the end, leading into a long, dry piney bitter finish. Overall, this is a very nice double IPA with a surprising subtlety despite a huge amount of hops. Very well constructed, and well worth another try. 2012-12-15
cmc619 (501) - California, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Living in Belgium, I have the great privilege of being surrounded by some of the best beers in the world. However, one thing is missing: hops! Luckily, I also have the privilege of being centrally located in Europe, and thus a short train ride from Paris, home of one of the coolest beer stores I’ve ever been to: Brewberry. Which is where I purchased this fine specimen from Nogne O. From 0.5L bottle into Lagunitas mason jar. Pours dark bronze with off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is rich piney hops. Taste super earthy and deep--tons of dirt in the finish. Very chilled out and smooth--despite being boozy, it doesn’t drink like it. Palate stays pretty dry. Somehow a double IPA that doesn’t overdo it and turn into a hop bomb--I like it.
madmitch76 (21191) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
6th May 2012
Very hazy amber beer, decent cream coloured head. Palate is dry and a little crisp. Rich deep orange peel marmalade, pretty bitter. Not much else going on. Finishes dry and minerally with a long long bitter finish. Aggressive and lacking balance but as I love hops - pretty drinkable.
probstblueribbon (3652) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle from LCBO, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. BB 03.07.14, Batch 831.
App.: Amber with plenty of floaters and a nice yellowish-tan head.
Aroma: Great juicy, citrus and resin hops, light tropical notes, somewhat mashy/brothy, decent caramel and biscuit support but who cares? The hops are the stars here.
Palate: Medium+ body, somewhat relaxed effervescence.
Flav.: Plenty more juicy, citrusy, resinous, fruity hops, pine, a little woodsy, sweet biscuit, caramel, bread crust support, very nice; dry with good bitterness and a long, sweet, juicy and slightly alcoholic finish.
RawKuz (60) - NORWAY - FEB 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brewed in collabration with the winner of the homebrew contest in Norway. The name comes from Kjell (founder of Nøgne Ø) and the winner of homebrew are both former SAS pilots.
Hoppy aroma has a strong, sharp, slightly dusty fruity overtone. Pours copper with a fairly thick head. Flavor is quite hoppy and fruity. Prefer this one before the regular IPA from Nøgne Ø
DanielBrown (4343) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Stirchley Wines, Birmingham. Bright orange, with lacing which wraps around the innards of the glass. Smells is sweet, thick, rich, with some hop-laden malt extract. Pretty thin in the mouth, which is pleasant cos it negates the threat of sickliness. Very easy supping for a DIPA and whilst it doesn’t have the grunt of some bigger beasts, it does strike me as lovely, dignified and well balanced hop treat.
drsordr (2182) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pour cloudy brown with orange hues. Nose of some dank hop, slight boozy, and bready malt. Some pine hop flavor and decent bitterness. Strong malt presence. To me taste more like a barley wine than double IPA
HoppyBudgie (833) - SOLA, NORWAY - FEB 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
hay, roasty, citrus, grass, cheese, ginger, skunky, cloudy, brown, golden, minimal head, light sweetness, very bitter, lightly sour, umami, medium body, oily feel, thick feel, soft carbonation, bitter, long finish,
Frenger (367) - Derby, Alabama, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from sheffield tap. I probably left this a bit left as it had lost some hoppiness. Still very nice.
Metalchopz (3014) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another great product from this brewery. Pours a hazy golden-amber colour with an off-white foamy head, decent retention and lots of soapy lace. Lots of sediments floating all-over as well. Aromas of fresh hop at first, but seems to be taken over by the alcohol, caramel warmth with some notes of fruits (orange, peach). Good, almost full body, with some nice mild dryness in the finish, but a better wetness all-the-way, making this one well-balanced. Easy to drink, with the hop in the taste, but not overdone. Grapefruit, malt and hints of toffee. Nice citrus zest in the aftertaste.