Alengrin (3670) - BELGIUM - OCT 23, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
IIPA brewed with corn and rice - two grain species which usually elicit at least a sense of suspicion among craft beer lovers, in being associated with cheap pale lagers. Moussy, fairly dense, egg-white head, colour is a warm peach blonde with orangey hue, ’defaced’ by thick ochre clouds of yeast suspended in the glass even after careful pouring; a cloudy appearance right from the start is rarely a good sign. Weird and, frankly, not too inviting aroma of indeed C-hops (pink grapefruit, lime juice and mandarin) but also the famed ’wet dog’ as well as rotten Camembert, ureum even. Apart from those two dominant odours, I get hints of kiwi, gin & tonic, wet hay, cooked rice, dust, dried reed, chicken broth, raw potato and baker’s yeast - corn is in there somewhere, but not quite as noticeable as in a pale lager made with the stuff. Fruity, crisp onset, restrainedly sweetish-sourish, with hints of mango, gooseberry, unripe stonefruit surrounded by a green olive-like umami flavour as well as a certain degree of saltiness; medium carbo, supple mouthfeel, lean pale malt sweetishness, a little bit bready, but primarily grainy with indeed a ’dull’ sourishness of rice and an equally ’dull’ sweetishness of corn but as in the aroma, the rice is clearly more noticeable than the corn. Hoppiness is present from the start and builds a bridge to the finish over this grainy profile, unleashing a deep, resinous, spicy, somewhat piney, peppery bitterness which remains coated to mouth and throat for a long time. The bitterness is deep and powerful enough to stop almost all malt sweetness so the eventual result after swallowing is bone and bone dry; a glow of gin-like alcohol is there as well. I had many excellent IIPAs and DIPAs (what’s the difference anyway) but most of these were excellent because they showed a good balance between full, sweet maltiness on the one hand and an ’abrasive’, rich hop bitterness on the other hand. This, to me, lacks malt sweetness (probably because there is too much emphasis on the rice and corn), coming across as a bit harsh and one-sided even more so than would usually be the case in this style. The aroma then lacks tropical fruitiness and breathes an unpleasant urine-like smell, which is not too inviting, to say the least. A bit of a failure for me, in comparison with the better examples of this substyle I had so far. And what is the point in using corn and rice in this beer style anyway?
CloakedDagger (1324) - - SEP 23, 2015
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bottle 33 cl. Pours a hazy golden with a white head. Very unpleasant aroma, old dacaying cheese atop what appears to be citrusy hops. Rich body, heavy malts, killing astringent bitterness, rough and harsh. No pleasure in this one Henok! 230915
jamaty (1541) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 5, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Turbia amarillenta oscura, con espuma bastante cremosa de buena retención. Lupulos americanos en el aroma. Frutal, pino. Notas de malta también. El sabor sigue al aroma. Inicialmente cítrica y seca seguida de gran amargor. Muy amarga y terrosa al final, bastante desbalanceada hacia el lúpulo.
Ratman197 (11748) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured a clear gold with a small lasting white head. Aromas of bread, tangerine, orange zest, peach and mango. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of bread, earthiness, chalk and citrus with a crisp dry lingering bitter finish.
Beer5000 (5302) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 5, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 ml bottle. Slightly unclear golden body with a medium sized, lacing off-white head. Aroma is citric fruity, with some malt and slightly spicy. Flavor is sweet malt with a slightly dusty hop impression, like dry grass and hop pellets. Medium body and bitter aftertaste. Distinct bitter beer, not really so much fruity, grassy and spicy/herbal. Not really my thing this, but totally drikable.
mmargarucci (199) - Basel, SWITZERLAND - FEB 14, 2015
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at erzbierschof bern. Pours with little foam light and transparent. Lots of hay gras aroma. Beautiful Galaxy hop. Taste is a bit empty until the hop aftertaste. Lacking a real malt backbone. A nice example of pure Galaxy hop aroma and taste. But lacking much else...
LomYst (668) - Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 2, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
sick piney haylike hops, citrus in the back, lot’s of yeast and some murk
sick bitter with something sweet in the back...
very rough big body..
ok, but a bit of a failed experiment perhaps?
AdiBeer (2397) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: citrus fruits, lemons, light exotic flavours, some pine. Appearance: hazy gold, medium, frothy, white head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: tropical fruits coming out, grapefruit, quite a bitter finish. Overall: slightly disappointing IIPA, lacks complexity and intensity. Bottle at CASK Pub & Kitchen, Pimlico.
Camons (8401) - Hasselager, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Studenterhuset, Århus. Pours hazy yellow with a white head. Aroma of malt, rich fruity hops, citrus, orangepeel, grapefruit, resin notes. Flavor is malt, bitter citrus, orangepeel, grapefruit, pney, resin. Medium body, soft carbonation, lasting bitter finish. 251014
eduardovl (1148) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2014 330ml bottle served in a London Pride pint glass.
A: Pours a very cloudy dark yellow to orange color forming a big creamy and soapy white head. Good retention and lots of soapy lacings formed and left in the glass
S: Very hoppy in the nose. American hops. Fruity, citric and pinny. Strong notes of pale malts too: Reminds me Maris Otter but I suppose that this is a combo of pale and lighter crystal malts. Notes of tropical fruits, mainly mangoes. Very flowery... Yeasts have a quite earthy profile
T: Follows the nose. Strong notes of hops and pale malts. Again, reminds a combo of pale malts and Maris Otter malts. Interestingly, it seems to be brewed with corn and rice. I suppose that corn and rice might be a good combination, sometimes. Upfront is dry, citrus and pinny followed by an intense and stingy bitterness. American profile hops. I would dare Chinook and maybe Simcoe... Really bitter and earthy in the end. Quite pleasant to an IPA lover like me
M: Light to medium body. Good carbonation. Earthy and pinny aftertaste
O: Good drinkability. Quite intense American IPA made in Scandinavia. Good stuff... :)
[ BA Review @ 12/23/2013 ]