Kinz (3286) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium hazy orange amber, very slight head faded fast. Aroma is significantly hoppy, loads of citrus and pine, very much in a Pacific Northwest style. Some caramel oreinted malts on the nose as well. Flavor is not nearly as hoppy as the nose, almost as if they skimped on that addition in favor of focusing on late aroma hops. Lots of caramel and slightly fruity malt flavors with some citric and pine hops on the finish in a backup role. A touch sweet. Interesting twist on the style overall. Not bad.
Drake (8550) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
16.9 oz bottle from Whole Foods Charlottesville. Pours a pretty standard amber IPA amber. Small white head with little retention and little lacing. Aroma it of a nice bitter hoppiness, but it’s also a bit watery and faint. Is there lemon in this? Bitter beginning ends with the same sensation as sucking on a lemonhead. This could use some more hops, but the maltiness is nice.
jobyone (234) - Charlotte, USA - MAR 7, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours amber orange with small creamy off white head. The aroma is very sweet with candy, banana and some honey. The tase is moderately sweet with a small dose of bitterness during the short finish. Where are the hops? Good beer. Average IPA.
haukur (1305) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - FEB 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
deep amber, almost orange. small head. Hoppy nose as expected, some citrus and pine. Very well balanced, incredibly well I might ad considering the style
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - FEB 19, 2008
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pour: Deep amber with white head. Hops and pine to the nose. Dont know if I had a bad beer or not, but it tasted like an old gym sock was thrown into the bottle. Couldn’t even finish it. Very unhappy with this one.
madlizzie (12) - ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I enjoyed this one on a recent trip to Boston. Otter Brewery brews some of my favorite beers in England so I was delighted to see this export.
Colour was bright golden and aroma was piney and citric - more like a US west coast style IPA...Wow! This was brewed in England? Hoppy for an English Ale but still very well rounded and extremely well balanced. I absolutely love it! and will be contacting the brewery about the release of this one in the UK. Nice caramelly, fruity malt body and as with all their Ales it left me wanting more.
pforei (338) - USA - FEB 5, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Orange amber with small head. Citrus hops and sweet caramel bready malts. Taste is very sweet. Also has faint pepperiness to the hops. Remains aphoristically English as it is not "hoppy" by American standards. Balanced. Alcohol is well hidden.
TikiE (368) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow nice IPA! Sweet hoppy aroma and taste, but seemed like it needed a bit more carbonation, but all around a good beer with mad hops!
britishalenerd (11) - USA - JAN 17, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow! This was not what I was expecting! A new style to the US? This seems to be an old classic English IPA recipe with 5 of the Pacific NW US hops. Interesting to say the least. A bit dryer, higher in carbonation than expected. Great grapefruit, piney aroma. Nice head which slowly dissipates and leaves lace around glass. Malt and hops are nicely balanced unlike some US styles. For a 6.8% this beer goes down GREAT!
Very complex taste of Munich, Cara, and Wheat malt..possibly some crystal.
This is a lovely old world meets new style which this English microbrewery has done well. I enjoyed it thoroughly.
Funknmilla (677) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2008 Copper body - tan head...on the sniff is malts and some grapefruit...more malts than citrus....mild grapefruit on the palate combined with sweet malts...light creamy body, easy to drink.....bitter finish with a piney quality, and a smidge of metallic aftertaste....that went away after it opened up though....decent lacing....just a nice malty IPA