FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 23, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A somewhat soft pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a two-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a reddish amber color that shows an almost brilliantly clear, faintly orange tinged, red-copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma is nicely hoppy and expressive enough to be noticeable as I am visually inspecting the beer. Aromas of orange zest, milk-weed, a definite herbal edge and some grassiness. This has a sharp, grassy / herbal note that doesn’t quite work, but it is muted enough that it doesn’t hold back the aroma too much.
This has a nice, soft mouthfeel to it that is picked up just a bit by a tickle of carbonation. Distinct flavors of freshly grated orange zest is backed by a grassy / herbal hop component. The malt, which definitely plays a secondary role here, provides a touch of caramelized sweetness that accentuates both the citrus notes and a touch of berry like flavors, it also picks up a touch of toffee in the finish along with a soft, toasty grain note. The beer finishes with a slightly green, sort of mint-like, lingering hop bitterness that is fairly soft for an American IPA, but is at perfect levels to provide a hop focused balance to the finish of this beer. I really like the texture of this beer, it has a light carbonation (especially by American standard), which really helps to boost the velvety texture of this beer.
A tasty beer, and it is perhaps the hoppiest beer I have had out of England (this last isn’t saying much as my experience is woefully inadequate in this regard). The hop notes seem a touch green around the edges and this detracts just a bit; a touch more sharp, almost astringent and under-ripe somehow than I would prefer.
Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ
SSSteve (3719) - - DEC 2, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours a lightly hazy amber with a small, creamy off-white head. citrus(mandarin orange) hop aroma. flavor is hoppy and similar to aroma with some sugary malts. very sweet. the sweetness covers the hefty abv, but also gives it candy-like quality. dry finish. i really enjoyed the "otter head" from these guys and would like to try some of their other beers.
nearbeer (3586) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 19, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml. Copper-brown with a medium and lasting head. Earthy spiced marshmallow and toasted pecan aroma. Flavor is earthy wood, slight molasses, toasted nut, slight orange and cocoa. Near medium body is smooth and dry.
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - AUG 12, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bought because my girlfriend loves otters. Pours dark orange with a tan ring. Nose is hoppy through my stuffy nose. Taste is sweet and resiny and lightly hoppy. This is a good English IPA, so different and more restrained than their American Brethren.
Kinz (3251) - 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.
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 2, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
50cL bottle, courtesy of peregrinari. Thanks, Tom! Pours a slightly hazy orange-amber color; thin white head with solid fine-bubbled lacing. Pleasant oranges and earthiness and caramel in the aroma; a pleasant hop bitterness and citrus zest. Medium mouthfeel: pleasant earthy hops and red fruits and biscuity notes; solid fruit and orange character at the core; tasty, balanced beer. Medium finish, showing oranges, earthiness, and sugar.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 2, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of Tom. Hazy amber body with a small white head, fading. Herbal and floral nose with biscuit and cracker. The flavor is lightly sweet, light to moderately bitter with caramel, herbs, light citrus and dough. Medium body is round with moderate carbonation.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
50 cl bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a hazy deep amber color with a 1/2 finger thick off white head. Faint spotty lacing. Aroma is primarily floral hops with a touch of esters. Flavor is lightly sweetened toasted malt, light esters, and hops. Medium body. Nothing fancy, but a drinkable IPA.
willblake (2645) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 22, 2008
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
20080422 50cl bottle picked up at Spirits in Red Bank. Copper color with thin film of white head. Aroma is at first a pleasant burst of pine and citrusy hops, a bit floral, and pretty promising. But then it goes dramatically downhill. I’m sitting here at the desk looking around for the garbage smell. I check the kitchen and smell nothing, thought maybe the dog had gas, nope and nope. Realized the smell was mostly around my desk, picked up the glass to look at the color again, it stuck to the coaster and spilled bit on my hand, I wiped the beer from my hand onto my pant leg and then realized, ’Whoa, it’s this beer that smells like garbage!?’ So I stick my nose down into the glass and, whew, there it is! Citrusy, floral, piney, and freakin’ nasty old pea soup. Oh, that’s not good. Well, I’ve got to push through this and maybe it gets better so I take a sip. Again, the front if filled with nice enough hops, pithy, a bit biting with a grapefruit pithiness that I quite enjoy but then, Yowza! There’s that icky, vegetal, rotten flavor, right along with the now retronasal nastiness of a bad mouthful of rotten veggies that just won’t go away. Lame, lame, lame, because, like so many UK bottled beers, this one was not cheap and now it’s going down the drain. Blech. The off flavors are not at all dominant, but so present and so nagging, they’re just utterly impossible to ignore. After enjoying yet another Twisted Thistle last night, I really wanted to love this one. Bummer.
Bockyhorsey (2609) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 4, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Aroma has more malt and mellow ipa aroma like those from across the pond. Amber body with off white head. Flavor didn’t have the crispness to it. Sweet malt more than the hoppy citrus. Somewhat watery and acidic. Alright on the palate. Maybe best if paried with food.