bytemesis (4239) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, and my 80th country rating - big thanks to Ben! Pours hazy orangish amber with a medium off-white creamy head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is big time west coast IPA - citrus, passionfruit, cat piss, pine resin all present and accounted for, thank you! Flavor is the same, with a bit of caremely sweetness overlaid with a thick sticky bitter hop resinous. This is west coast IPA thru and thru, and not a bad effort at one at that! Medium body, tongue coating oily mouthfeel. Tasty brew, so glad #80 wasn’t a pale lager :)
BenH (2878) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Slightly hazy amber with thick off white head. Big resinous hop aroma, little floral, grapfruit and pine, tiny wiff of solvent. Taste of caramel, resinous hops, pine, grapfruit, mandarin. Quite sweet and sticky with a bitter finish, very oily texture. A solid brew but maybe crank it up to 8.5 to balance things out a bit
Nisse666 (4787) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared Craig and crew - thx, cons 2013-04-03 Edinburgh
AR: tropical fruits, apricots, grape fruit
AP: hazy amber, wee frothy head
F: mandarins, citric, grape fruit, wee grainy, dry, wee sugary
cgarvieuk (16775) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle at home ... amber ... thin white head.... soft sweet floral orange hop ... little crdboardy nose ... bitter oily hop ... bitter candied peel ... very mandarin but bitter mandarin ...
Dommod2011 (704) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one is for all the Hunters, past, present and future. I salute you. I’m not bitter but I have been known to hold a grudge. One day though, I shall become a bodhisattva. Then I shall destroy you with my enlightened ways. Only kidding.
The_Bish (1124) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really good. Darker than expected. Beautifully balanced, not too strong and strength well hidden. Fruity and not too bitter. Just delicious. Criticism that the flavour gets lost a little towards the end as simple bitterness takes over.
Leighton (13513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Keg at Tap East, London. Pours a lightly fuzzy ruby-gold with a thick, foamy, off-white head. Nose holds tons of sweet, ripe and juicy citrus fruits, some berries, plum, hints of toffee. Medium to big sweet with tons of juicy fruits, lots of berries, grape, some ripe orange, mango, pineapple. Really, just tons of juicy fruits. This isn’t really like a classic DIPA, but it is damn drinkable and pretty nicely balanced. Moderately bitter but not at all harsh. Some juicy pine. Medium to full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Faintly warming finish with lots more juicy, ripe berries, ripe citrus, some bread, cherry, plum. Pretty delicious, even though a classic DIPA it is not.
RichTheVillan (4144) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Cotteridge; hazy amber pour with off white head, mild hop aroma with malts, tangerine taste with passion fruit not a massive amount of hop. Ok
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - MAR 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Dark copper pour with a touch of haze, inviting frothy off-white head with light lacing. Big nose, smells bitter - touch of grapefruit, touch of apple, slightly plastic-y (not in a bad way), soft white pepper, a bit of sweet biscuit malt comes through as it opens up. Fairly sweet, with a nice lick of caramel malt, chewy earthy resin, some more spice in the middle, and lots of grapefruit and a powerful alcohol warmth along with the bitterness on the finish. Pretty good, though a little out of balance.
rjkreid (191) - SCOTLAND - MAR 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smooth character with fruity mango notes with a hint of pineapple. Dry in the mouth with a touch of earthy spice. Alcohol burn quite to the fore. Tasty!