Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In short: A minimally malted, dry, somewhat yeasty, sharp and very hop-forward golden IPA. For hopheads.
How: Bottle 500ml (or whatever 1 Pint 0.9oz means), consumed as fresh as I could, one week after purchase, but that’s after the boat ride to north-america.
The look: Partially cloudy golden-orange body topped by a large white head with good retention and leaving lots of lacings on the glass.
In long: Nose is piney hops, floral hops, orange peels. A frank and bright inviting hoppy nose. Taste has a subdued shy crackery malt backbone, omnipresent yeast, dough, all kinds of hops flavors that bring dryness and bitterness (dry pine tree, dried orange peels, dried flowers). Finish is medium bitter, a bit of acidity and very dry, the type of beer you want to drink a sip of water after each sip of beer. A fun beer for hopheads. I didn’t care for its sister beer (the Black IPA called Evil Twin / Omnipollo Russian Roulette) which I drank fresh in Norway, so I was pleasantly surprised to find its sister beer more enjoyable after a long boat ride to north-america. A bit too sharp and abrasive to be really sessionnable but I enjoyed it nonetheless because I’m a hophead. And surely the person who came up with the actual Russian Roulette game must have been very drunk, but never as drunk as the dude who came up with the Russian Alphabet.
Vaiz (4050) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ beer temple. Hazy golden pour, foamy white head. Aroma is floral hops, some pine, some grapefruit. Flavor is bitter hops, with nice floral hops and pine. Solid body. Bit too bitter, but decent.
BoltonDK (572) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Japalo. Lots of American hops, notes of grapefruit, grass/hay.
Amber color, white head one finger.
Bitter dry fresh finish.
Special nice ale.
Japalo (1544) - DENMARK - JAN 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle with Bolton. One finger foam. Black. Intense American hoppy notes grapefruit. Bitter dry fresh finish. Super brew.
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(500ml bottle) Pours a hazy golden body with a small white head. Aroma of orange peel, herbs, caramel, pine, and grapefruit. Flavor of orange, grass, grapefruit, peach, and pine with a dry, bitter finish.
sonnycheeba (4505) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 22, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours gold with some suspended cumulus clouds and thick, frothy white head; good retention and spare lacing. Aroma is ripe citrus, homemade cookies, biscuit malt, natural sugar, organic herbs, and fresh cut bermuda grass. Flavor is bitter, fresh hops forward with Columbian grapefruit, sweet malts, southern pine, and some astringency; dry, hoppy finish. Medium body and low carbonation.
BeerandBlues2 (11052) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours hazy orange with a large, frothy white head, medium to short retention, and good lacing. Aroma is pine, resin, and citrus pith, biscuit malt and light fruity esters. Flavor is heavy hops and bitterness, astringent citrus pith, light malt and fruity esters with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
Brandman (2516) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yellow body, white head. Aroma is excellent, exotic fruits, bitter citrus, papaya. Just on the edge of going too far. Flavour is first nice fruity allover, the it starts to turn floury bitterness. Bit disappointment after such a fine aroma. One of the best aromas there is.
olio (8197) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
50 cl bottle @ Timo A. BBE 2014.
Pours slightly hazy golden color with a minimal head. Aroma of exotic fruits, grass, lots of hops, sweetish caramel and toffee notes. Flavor of grassy hops, fruits, some caramel malts, goose berries and mild lemony notes. Bitter and somewhat sweetish oily texture. Quite nice.
laiti (7742) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
50 cl bottle @ Timo A, BBE 2014
Aroma is rather fruity with apricot. Flavour is hoppy with resiny notes, gooseberry bush and apricot. A bit foamy palate. The hops keep lingering and lingering in the aftertaste and beyond that. Refreshing and good.