jrallen34 (3466) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle... medium gold with a light off white head... burnt sugar cookie malt with a bit of oranges, ok... way too much alcohol on the nose, pine with alcohol... very so so
ClubGonzo (2762) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, shared @ VANØ Bergen tasteout, thanks Mikael for providing! :-) Pours a dark-hued clear orange body with a small white head. Aroma is caramel, pine, grapefruit and hints of kiwi. Taste is more pine up front, then everything mellows out into a blend of caramel, grapefruit and grass in the highly smooth fashion that Oppigård usually delivers. Hints of cough syrup and molasses. Well-tuned and balanced, yet with a significant resinous hop bite. A very nice DIPA from the winners of this year’s Swedish national home brewing championship.
SirLimpsalot (1631) - SWEDEN - AUG 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Klassisk humledoft, mycket fruktig,
Mycket av allt i smaken - stora toner av humle och gul frukt, Lång eftersmak, ok balans, aning tung, men mycket stabil
Marsiblursi (2952) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 19, 2011
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Bottle) Pours hazy dark orange with an off-white head. The aroma is fantastic – really tropical and dank with tones of passion fruit, mango, canned peaches, strawberry jam, cat box, lychee, black currant leaves/tea, sweet citrus (tangerines and sweet pink grapefruit), white flowers and pine soap. Perfect balanced malt with notes of toast, bread, caramel and maybe some cookies. Hints of cinnamon buns, dough and cucumber. The nose has everything I desire in a DIPA. The flavor is light sweet, near heavily bitter and light acidic. Boat loads of citrus, tropical fruits, pine, resin and herbs. Stable malt backbone. The mouthfeel is round and fairly soft but the finish is almost tart from the brutal hoppiness. Light carbonation. Spicy grapefruit, woodsy resin and light tropical fruits linger in the finish. Medium to full bodied. A fantastic DIPA!
haukur (1019) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - AUG 19, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
a world beater in my opinion. Reletively easy, incredibly masked, very piney, grassy and citrusy. Orange with a small lacy head. Very floral. Excellent.
Ingevara (714) - SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bubbly lasting head. Apparent alcohol. Lots of flavor,d eep aroma, but simply too much hops. Where’s the balance? You just can’t keep on adding more and more hops and have better and better beer. It doesn’t work that way.
The recipe is excellent, but change the amounts and Oppigårds will have real winner.
chribban (23) - SWEDEN - AUG 12, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A foggy, amber, colour. A lot of foam that stays on the glass.
Wonderful smell of apricot, acid and alga.
The high amount of alcohol 8.5%, carries a lot of taste of dried fruit, orange, apricot and crispbread.
A smooth bitterness that say to you: Go get some more of that beer!
BeerSkull (902) - SWEDEN - AUG 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wonderfully fruity and floral hop aroma with a light touch of caramel malt. The taste does not live up to the smell but it is very fresh and also a little sweet, with plenty of flavors of tropical fruit, such as peach and mango. The malt flavor have light notes of caramel. Alcohol is not particularly prominent in the taste, and is perceived mostly as a warming feature. A very nice DIPA, which can easily compete with many American counterparts.
CarlJonas (135) - Linköping, SWEDEN - AUG 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2011 From the hoppy aroma packed with citrus, pine and tropical fruits all the way to the long lasting bitter finish, Drakens contains pretty much everything you can expect in a really good DIPA. I guess you could argue that the body is a bit light but I think it makes it kind of refreshing, an unusual trait in a DIPA.
Ktwse (774) - SWEDEN - AUG 9, 2011
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled first on tap, tested on bottle. Easily the best Swedish beer at Systembolaget, and among the best value for money you can get! Aroma is in your face: huge and rich with loads of hoppy pine, grapefruit, tropical fruits (mango, passionfruit etc). There is a slight malty backbone there as well but it’s well hidden behind all those hops. Taste is hoppy bitterness with sour-sweet balancing side. Long, bitter aftertaste. Oh, there’s some malty caramel cleverly concealed as well, and I taste a hint o licorice as well! Forgot to comment on the looks, but it’s light amber with a fairly small head, some lacing. Body is the weakest part, a bit light and with moderate (ie slightly too much) carbonation but then this creates an almost uniquely light and fresh DIPA.