Nisse666 (4036) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Ölkonsortiet cons 2011-07-17 Karlskoga
AR: fruity apricots, some grape fruit, heather honey
AP: hazy apple juice, 5 cm high frothy/stouthy/rockey ceme white quite steady head
F: heavy grape fruit bitterness, sticky pine niddles, apricot jam, dryness, rock salt, loaded with carbonation and alcholic to the edge.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle from State Line. Very cloudy pour, just shy of dark orange, with a sticky head - kinda screams ASA or barleywine. Nose is certainly quite sweet, but not as much as I’d feared. And the flavors are even more of a relief. While there’s enough breadiness here to suggest this one’s a bit over the hill, it was nonetheless super dry, earthy and impressively clean, with tons of understated fruit.
Glouglouburp (5938) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In short: A piney, yeasty, and boozy IIPA that is a bit too abrasive.
How: Bottle 500ml. Consumed approximately 8 months after bottling date, more than 4 years before expiration date!!! Norwegian IPAs are good for 5 years!?!?!?!??! Anyway, 8 months after bottling date is pretty much as fresh as we can get Norwegian beers in North-America
The look: Cloudy amber body topped by a medium beige head with medium retention
In long: Nose is mostly pine-tree with some solvent-like notes so basically it smelled like a green pine-tree air freshener that you hand on you car mirror. Taste is fluffy cake, some caramel, flowers, pine-tree, hops resin, yeast. Bitterness is a bit aggressive and it is joined by a little alcohol bite in the finish. Once again like too many European IPAs, this one was a bit too yeasty for my taste. The malts just do not come through in these yeasty IPAs and the bitterness and alcohol just become too in-your-face without a malt backbone to support it. Not a bad beer at but imho a bit below average for the style. Not sure what is the meaning behind the name but I have heard that when a Captain eat too much red meat they make a long Captain’s log.
mile (2857) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Light amber ,hazy, small to average and fully diminishing head. Moderate, malty and sweetish aroma, lots of tropical fruitiness, grapefruit hoppyness, some caramel. Body is medium to full, malty and sweetish flavor, piney and grapefruit hoppyness, some caramel and fruitiness. Finish is average, malty and lightly sweetish, piney hoppyness, some caramel and fruitiness with some alcohol. Nicely hopped DIPA - too sweet for me, but hoppyness dries up the the flavor/finish.
Maris (956) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JUL 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a 500ml bottle on 11/7/2011. Batch #555, brewed 20/10/10. Pours a murky apricot amber with a big head, with lots of sediment. Has a nice, big, fruity pine hop aroma. The flavours are typical of a big American IPA - sweet caramel and toffee malt, candied honey, and lots of fruit (particularly orange and grapefruit). Has a massive hop presence, but remains very drinkable for something that’s 8.5%. This is a cracking double IPA, though just shaded by the Epic Armageddon I had the other day.
1FastSTi (3333) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours to a brassy amber body with a ridiculous eggshell white head that is super tall, whipped like meringue, lively, and leaves great lacing. The aroma is sweet candied grapefruit, pine resin, and oily hop essence. The flavor has a bit of caramel with a bitter grassy and pine resin hops with subtle floral after-notes. Almost oily there’s so many resinous hops. The palate is bitter but not over the top even with the huge resin character.
fiulijn (14298) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 8, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen
Cloudy amber color; small creamy head. Very nice aroma, mellow, with sweet caramel, candies, and fruity hops (apricot jam, pineapple). Strong body; sweet caramel flavor; the hopping is resiny first of all (you can feel the resins gently attacking the tongue right after, with a light piney impression), then fruity too. The final gets a bit drier, with candi-like sweetish toffee and strong bitterness. Interesting.
Slayer85 (1044) - Firenze, ITALY - JUL 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. A hazy pale to medium amber beer, with an abìverage sized, frothy, fully lasting white head. The aroma is lightly malty (caramel), moderately hoppy (grapefruit, resin), with notes of oranges and exotic fruits juice. The flavor is moderately sweet, moderately sour, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety/oily texture, lively carbonation, very long finish with moderate to heavy bitterness, lightly to moderately alcoholic. It looks good and it has a very nice mouthfeeel, only lightly abrasive and not tongue scraping. Perhapos the aroma doesn’t add anything tgo the style, being maybe straightforward, but it’s pleasant. Solid example, as expected from Nogne O.
TwoSipDip (8898) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Dan’s house. Quintessential amber appearance with a cream colored head. Pretty mild citrusy, earthy hoppy nose. Earthy, lightly citrusy, lightly resiny hoppy, fairly malty flavor. Earthy, mildly bitter hoppy aftertaste.
beerbill (3324) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUL 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
16.9 oz. bottle. Pours a slightly hazed amber with a large linen white head that lasted until mid-glass and left partial lace. Pleasant aroma of malt, spicy hops, and just a little bit of grapefruit and pine. The flavor is malt followed by a solid dose of spicy, somewhat herbal, somewhat grassy, somewhat leafy hops. Moderate-heavy bitterness at the finish and dries out on the palate. The bitterness lingers on the palate beyond the swallow. A solid Double IPA albeit with a very different flavor profile than what I am used to in this style.