The_Bish (1125) - 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 (11589) - 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 (3294) - 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!
downender (6437) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask-conditioned at the Portcullis, Clifton, Bristol 18/10/2012. Deep amber with a slight, off-white head. Big, hoppy aroma, with plenty of sweet, tropical fruit, some caramel and a hint of herbs. Flavour had overripe fruits, dense malts and a dry finish, with alcohol prominent. Tried immediately after the Buxton High Tor and came off second best by comparison.
Theydon_Bois (9510) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gravity Dispense at the Battersea Beer festival, (Feb ’12).
Pours a dark golden / amber colour with a very thin white head.
Fruits (dried) and malts dominate the nose, a good all round earthy aroma, you just know that this beer has some bite in it!
Rich fruity hop flavours in the taste, slight hint of apple and maybe a pinch of spice in the background?
A full bodied ale, sticky in the mouth and a fairly dry finish.
Overall not a ’hop bomb’ but a good earthy hoppy chewy beer, will re-visit in the future hopefully!
jfb (4004) - Freising, GERMANY - JUN 19, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
(draught) pours a clear deep amber colour with no head. aroma of grapefruit and mango, with light notes of caramel, herbal hops and slightly sweaty grainy pale malts. flavour is mostly the same, light tropical fruits and cheesecake, a hint of alcohol and dry spices in the medium-bitter finish. medium to heavy-bodied with soft carbonation.
NikW (1) - WALES - JUN 16, 2012 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted this direct from the cask, gravity dispensed at the Lion, Trellech during their summer beer fest. A great example of a British version of a US West coast Double IPA, loved it, wish I could buy this stuff regularly in Bottle. Well done Otley, more power, - please convert this to the regular line up.
justm (164) - Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at Tap East. Pours a dark amber resembling peaty single-malt, with a white ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Sweet pineapple, grapefruit and grassy pine aroma. It eases itself smoothly over the tongue with a boozy tropical fruit flavour that hits the roof of the mouth before melting into a real tropical fruit caramel on the tongue. Quite an abrupt, slightly dry finish but leaving a wonderful if faint echo of roast pineapple and toffee. Satisfying and delicious.