ClubGonzo (5399) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2010 Can @ Henrik, Bergen. Having high expectations for this one, since Oskar Blues have provided some really interesting and positive surprises the last few times I’ve had the pleasure of tasting their products. Pours a meaty, clear brown body with a fizzy little white top; going away soon enough. Smell is grassy, dry hops with hints of apricot, citrus and caramel. Taste is - on a closer examination - grass, vanilla, grapefruit and black pepper, with hints of peaches, caramel and horseradish. A complex and rather spicy DIPA. Gubna is a real sipper; this is one brew that’s very hard to finish fast (I had to try and keep up against a Nøgne Ø Wit that my friend had, which was hard even if his was a 0,5 l bottle...). Slightly oily palate, without being too much. Despite a bit of over-the-top cheesy marketing ("disestablishmentarian" on the can is just too cheap..), Gubna is a complex and well made double IPA with an original flavor profile. Oskar Blues strikes again.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nose is heavy olives, garlic and onion, there’s some citrus in there somewhere too. Moderately sweet, moderately bitter, some citrus, some garlic, catnip, herbs, and is that tomato juice? Bleh.
graham515 (537) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours golden/amber into the glass and appears bright orange when struck by light. Aroma is as one would expect. Tons of citrus and a bit of resin and some sort of spiciness. Some gentle malt sweetness comes through the intense bitterness. Pleasant, but doesn’t blow my mind.
2004st4s (33) - Arizona, USA - JUN 27, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can to glass. Pours a very clear amber/honey color with a generous lumpy head. Head lingers with nice lacing on glass. Smells are very ’in your face’, as they should be for this style. Grass & grapefruit are very direct and linger. Great use of Summit hops. Flavor is a quick flash of malt then an overwhelming bitterness, again very true to style. Bitterness lingers for a long time from the Summit hop, alcohol flavors present but not overwhelming. Another great beer from Oskar that blows up the notion of what you can bring hiking/boating.
Palidor19 (3151) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
tasty and smooth with a nice oily feel. the flavors of deep malts with lots of sweetness and strong piny hops that consumes the mouth feel and brings a heavenly flavor.
ExpendableHero (846) - Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Typical IPA hazy gold color with a small white head. Smells like freshly cut grass, flowers, and grapefruit. The smell is a bit overpowering. The taste follows the nose closely: drinking someone’s front yard. I found it to be too bitter, too floral, kind of like a Bell’s Hopslam, but not in a good way. I still recognize it as a quality beer, just not for me.
poisoneddwarf (2269) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - JUN 25, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz can into snifter. Now this is how IPAs are supposed to smell like! It has all those hallmarks that make IPAs--and imperial IPAs obviously--so awesomely aromatic. There’s an awesome conglomeration of pine, good pot resin, grapefruit and floral notes present--all the obvious hallmarks, like I said--but it’s an explosion of them. Perfect. They should bottle this scent and sell it as cologne. I would buy it. Pours a slightly hazy gold with a medium head that dissipates, leaving a collar of foam and sticky lace. Taste is sweet, then finishes bitter. Perfectly balanced. Most imperial IPAs that I’ve had are way too malt forward. This one has the hops I crave in this particular style. Spicy. Carbonation is medium and mouthfeel is creamy. Finishes quite long. Easily the greatest imperial IPA I’ve ever tasted.
bhops (433) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2010 from the can. Pours bright hazy orange, thick sustained head. Aroma is summit hops, sweet manure, pine, citrus, bay leaf?, mowed grass, and body odor. Fresh green taste, some bitterness, dry, woody, some malty sugar underneath. Not a lot of flavor, kind of empty in the middle, but pleasant. Decent beer. I think I need to let it warm up.
emacgee (4593) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clean translucent amber gold with two fingers of stciky white head. NOse is resionus, mango, mandarin orange flesh, very zesty, fresh and piney hop profile, caramelly malt, spicy alcohol. Flavor is very resinous and oily with hops, full malt backbone carries a citrusy and piney hop profile, caramelly, mild alcohol. Starts to get astringent and overly rich. Palate is too thick for any IPA and shows a bit of alcohol.
Svesse (7765) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUN 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Canned, Akkurat, Stockholm, 11 June 2010) Amber colour with frothy, white head. Fruity, malty nose with notes of caramel, orange peel and pine needles. Fruity, malty taste with orange, caramel, marmalade, a touch of treacle and heavy doses of piney, resiny hops in the finish. Full body, fairly sweet, impressive bitterness. Some alcohol shining through the hops. Lovely beer.