emacgee (4576) - 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 (7698) - 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.
robertjm (841) - Albany, California, USA - JUN 23, 2010
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours nice fine head. Body color of dark honey. Aroma is absolutely intense. Smells like noble hops I’d just rubbed in my hands to release their tempting odor. I could sit here and take in this aroma all day long!! Flavor full of hop resins which at first taste noble, but then there’s the somewhat piney Left Coast profile you see for heavy IPAs. Thick body. Very nice IPA. Too bad it looks like Oskar Blues is going to pull the plug on distribution to California.
jgb9348 (5522) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 22, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice slightly hazy orange-hued copper coloured body with a thin fast-dying white head. Aroma of potent grapefruit hops, a touch of spruce, a lot of apricots and pears and a VERY noticeable bit of passionfruit - very NICE! Full-bodied; Assertive hop flavour with a good kick, a bit of alcohol, nice fruits with the passionfruit coming out - that is pure enjoyment! Aftertaste is a bit dry with some hops coming through, but the alcohol warmth combined with the tropical fruit flavours shows VERY nicely. This one is much better (in my opinion) than Gordon or most other Imperial IPAs. Strong, but very nice! I sampled this twelve ounce can purchased from Total Wine in McLean, Virginia on 15-April-2010, sampled at home in Washington on 22-June-2010.
Rune (10833) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUN 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
350ml can at Olympen. Cloudy golden-orange body. Patchy, white surface. Solid and fresh aroma of orange hops. Taste of sappy hops with flavour from orange, apricot and grapefruits. Sharp, but still rounded aftertaste of pine-like bitterness. Full bodied with a lingering finish. Perfect drink after travelling all the way from Tromsø (Oslo, 18.06.2010).
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUN 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ran across a can. Pour very light orange and appears to be quite watery. A rocky white head formed from an aggressive pour. A light citrus and onion aroma was mostly over run my alcohol. Basicly that same think with the flavor. A bit of spice, lots of bitterness and a long burn. Light body with a bit of an oily slickness. Good, but not memerable.
944play (397) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 21, 2010
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz in bordeaux glass. Foggy deep gold capped with dense low head. Initial aroma is strongly metallic -- and I’m not ascribing that to the packaging, it really is -- then some catty, onion, cheese, and acrid stuff follows. Flavor fares better with some spice, mineral and toffee. Finish is rather hot and there’s a bit of a smeggy aftertaste. This was purchased at Bottle Barn, where it was displayed unrefrigerated; I think I was under the impression that this was an English-style barleywine and would tolerate the warm aging.
jcwattsrugger (12010) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
@Tampa Wkly Gathering @BT Thanks Gillard-on tap-pours a rich white head and gold color. Aroma is sweet tropical fruit/citrus-lemon rind/pine/resin hops, some medium malt. Taste is herbal/resin hops with some bite, secondary medium malt. Syrupy mouth feel.
rocbyter (2061) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JUN 19, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong fresh citrus and floral hop aroma. Cloudy light orange color with a large white head. Moderate bitterness that builds to strong bitterness in the finish and fading in the end.
halfonit (1306) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 19, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was lucky enough to get this can from Scottie of L-Knife, so first off I must say thanks to him for hooking me up with this IPA. Pours a cloudy golden color with a thick white head. Aroma is of florals up front, with some hops, grapefruit, tangerines, caramel, and some earthiness. Flavor is quite sweet (but in a pleasant way) for an IPA. There’s some booziness in there, hops, spices, tangerines, and malts. Leaves a sweet hop finish. Nice.