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.
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a nice golden amber with a small and quickly disappearing head. The nose is citrus (orange) with a little pine. Something in the nose comes off sour. Flavor is the same. A little malt but some odd sour note. This beer may be old. Gonna have to try it again.
thehinge (266) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 15, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a 22 oz. bomber bottle. Clear honey-colored pour with a full, off white head....excellent lacing. Not surprised to hear this English brewer is using American hops....not that it’s a bad thing.
Caramel and citrus flavors on the front end. Mild alcohol overtones and some bitterness on the finish.
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.
dirt55 (198) - Washington, USA - APR 29, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottled, dark golden pour with thick white head, aroma of leeche fruit with slight grassy/fruity hops, sweet fruity and slightly bready flavor, thick and heavy on palate with slight residual fruit hops
Peregrinari (145) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 2, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A bit sick in color with weak head. Nice aroma with alcohol and strong malt and caramel and mild orange. Flavor is sweet with alcohol and hops with a bit of yeast. Finish is slick with a bit of bitterness and caramel. This is a nice beer with robust flavor that I would definitely drink again.
mcc5468 (121) - USA - AUG 15, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a nice deep orange. Medium hop aroma. Taste was somewhat suprising as the hops are there but restrained. More of a caramel taste than the citrus hop taste prevalent in IPAs. One of the first English IPAs I have had and it wasn’t bad but I have grown used to the large hop taste of the American versions. Pretty good overall.
mcferc4 (59) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2008 A solid English IPA; it was nice to have an IPA that wasn’t all about the hops (American). A bit weak though... Kind of one-dimensional. Smooth, malty taste.
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.
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.