ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden amber with a big fluffy white head that leaves lots of lacings.
The smell has a wonderful hop character. Lots of grapefruit, lemon peel and pine-needles. Notes of tobacco and hop resins. Very intense juice-like character. Hints of malts beneath all the hops. Refreshing.
The taste follows suit. Some notes of caramel, but most importantly lots of hop flavors, mostly grapefruits and other exotic fruits but also pine-needles and hop resins. Hints of tobacco. The finish is quite bitter with lingering hop notes and unfortunately a hint of aluminum. The taste is not as good as the smell. It’s not as fresh and clear-cut.
Medium body, smooth texture. Very easy to drink.
Well done. Actually, very well done. This is probably the best hop-forward Swedish beer I’ve tried so far. It’s very American in character, and could probably go head to head with many American pale ales. This one has raised the bar for Swedish brewers doing hoppy beers.
Serving type: on-tap
(Copy of old Beer Advocate review)
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at SBWF and at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Pours out in a clear pale amber colour with a rich dense white foam. Rich fruity hop aroma of flowers, kiwi, starfruit, Seville oranges and red grapefruit. Medium-bodied with hop aromatic fruity notes of grapefruit, gooseberries, kiwi and orange-peels on a rounded malt foundation of caramel. Long aromatic bitter finish of resin, gooseberries and grapefruit.
Joakgust (696) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at SB&WF09 - Clear copper amber beer with a large frothy head. Aroma is very fruity with notes of tropical fruits, passion fruits, litchi and loads of fresh fruity hops. Aroma is malty with notes of caramel, ripe fruits and even more of the fruity amarillo hops. Wonderfully well balanced beer with a nice medium body. Borderline IPA, and a definite must.
rickgordon (3833) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 7, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draught at The Rover, Göteborg.
Crystal clear, copper colour, with rich, creamy head. Plain hop-juice aroma, very intense and outstanding - I hardly ever sensed such aroma in a Swedish beer before. Flavour is fruity and grapey. No maltiness really, this is all about hops, and I thought a blend of varieties were used. I sensed grapes, mandarines, strawberries, lime, white wine. The bitterness comes early, stays there all along until after, when it turns salty, after a long cob-webby mouthcoating sensation. Ultra American beer here, close to a US IPA! Really good!
gnoff (7036) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at The Rover, Göteborg. On October 3, 2009
Clear copper color, fluffy off-white head. Nice, sweet, fresh, hoppy, citrus scent. Also raspberries and other red berries. Hoppy, bitter, sweet, berry taste. Smooth mouthfeel. Medium high bitterness. Very nice and highly drinkable.
Jonte (1385) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2011 On-tap. Tre Små Rum. Gothenburg. Golden amber colour with an off-white head. Lots of citrus and berries (lingonberries?), some grassiness. Faint caramel background, but mostly just very hoppy. BItter finish. A bit too bitter and one-dimensional for me. I prefer the Summer Twist to this version. Re-rated 2011-02-12.
Svesse (5716) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught at Stockholm Beer Festival, 18 Sep 2009) Amber colour with frothy, off-white head. Hoppy, fruity nose with notes of grapefruit and pine needles. Fruity, hoppy taste with pine needles, resin, grapefruit, orange peel and a touch of rubber. Medium body, balanced sweetness. Fairly one dimensional, but the hop character is quite impressive. Another great beer from Oppigård.
TBone (11379) - Pori, FINLAND - SEP 30, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear amber color, good creamy off-white head. Tropical fruity hoppy aroma, some metal too. Flavor is also tropical fruity Amarillo hoppy with sweet fruit sugars. Decent beer which has similarities to many recent European APA’s.
SaintMatty (4296) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 25, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2011 Draught (Stockholm Beer Festival 2009) - Amber in colour. Hoppy aroma with peach and tea. Bitter taste with grapefruit, lemon and a faint hint of aniseed. 7/3/7/3/14
330ml Bottle - Amber with a foamy head. Hoppy aroma with notes of mango, peach, pineapple, grapefruit and toffee. Bitter, hoppy, slightly tangy and incredibly refreshing taste with notes of tea, grapefruit, peach and pineapple. Superb and highly drinkable. Either it has dramatically improved since I first tried it, or appreciating it in the context of a beer festival was inappropriate.
rlgk (8517) - Skövde, SWEDEN - SEP 22, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at SBWF 2009. Golden color, white head. Hoppy, grassy aroma with some berry notes. Hoppy grassy flavor, some fruits, raspberry notes (?). Bitter finish.