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 (8948) - 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 (3330) - 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.
drpimento (2168) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good beer althought the color of mine is more brown. I let it warm up a bit out of the fridge. Poured with a nice, thick, foamy, frothy, off-white to cream colored head and a little lace. Color is a cloudy orange brown. Aroma is hop, grapefruit, kiwi, malt, caramel. Flavor is similar with a little sweetness to offset the bitter plus the tang of the acid on the tongue and roof of the mouth. Great body and perfect carbonation! Finish is like flavor, balanced with a slow taper of good length. Slow session beer.
CamdenD (1061) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very impressive IIPA -- nice hoppy nose and full hopped/chalked taste. This tastes like a double english ipa. Interesting. No citrus.
sunevdj (3132) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Ungstrup’s - Thanks. Pours a clear light amber with a small off-white head. Lots of hops aromas. Spicy and and citrusy hops aromas. Also some grape fruit. Medium to full bodied. Soft carbonation. Dry finish.
Pinball (10702) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
shared by ungstrup, flowery,malty, strong hoppy aroma. grapefruit.
flavor is grapefruit, malts, quite strong hoppy. bitterness. great taste.
Ungstrup (29107) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. A hazy amber beer with a lazing beige head. The aroma has notes of flowers and fruity hops on a caramel and malty background. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, spicy hops, fruits, and a bit of alcohol, leading to bitter finish.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The pour is a nearly murky, ambery, copper color with notable sediment and a full, white, pillowy, rocky head which settles to lasting pillowy layer and leaves plenty of drippy lace. The nose is predominantly piney, slightly resinous and floral, faintly smoky, a simcoe-like passion fruit or mango, maybe some toasted breads. The flavor is interesting with similar passion fruit, some white grapefruit, resinous pine, an odd tobacco note, still faint smoke, slight caramel, and bready yeast notes. The palate is more than medium, nearly lively, sticky, and oily. The beer finishes quite long with resins, slight smoke, faint bread, and a bitterness moving towards herbal. The beer is light to moderate in acidity and high in bitterness but only dries out in the lingering herbal bitterness. Not sure what to make of this one - lots of notes and qualities I enjoy in the style but the beer just seemed to not work well as a whole. The juicy fruit notes were nice, the palate worked well, the bitterness was balanced and not overly dry, and the pine gave the nose a wonderful dominant note. But the herbal bitterness in the finish was a weird twist, the tobacco note was just completely unexpected for an IIPA, and the more I try the beer, the flavor reminds me of chewing tobacco?? Not bad but this certainly would not be my winner for the competition.
vyvvy (3880) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy amber/brown with a nice sized soapy off-white head. The aroma is quite malty with smooth caramel, light citrus and a bit of cream. It has a medium body that starts off smooth and ends more crisp with fairly soft carbonation. The flavor has crackery malt, dry caramel, vanilla, milk duds and a hint of earthy piney hops. The finish is a bit metallic and medicinal with some leather. This was fair at best. It was consumed within a week come coming into the area, but there seemed to be quite a bit of age on it.