VertBaconStrips (2309) - Blerkablerka, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 14, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured out a small tan head with some retension on top of a hazy red/orange brew. Aroma is a mix of obvious apricot / orange hops, slight spice and a a malt that probally has some weak biscuit quality. Smells clean. Taste is a little different with the hops not being overpowering and the malts playing more of a role. Sweet, tangy cirtus flavours and the biscuit malt are well blended. Some pine can be tasted. There is an excellent long lasting deep bitterness, not a sharp one. Fairly smooth and creamy with OK carbonation. An interesting twist on the style - I think I will re-review this one due to the hour or so that I left it in the glass. Not sold on this one, but if you want to stay away from an all-hop IPA, this is a good option as you still get a decent dose of bitterness, but, I donít know...itís just different. Appealing? Maybe not as I like my IPAís bitter to the point of pain and overflowing with flavour. I couldíve rated this a 3.5 or a 2.5....need another one. Probally more malt domination that I had expected.
Cirrhosis (1283) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 8, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Body was brown and relatively clear slightly red when held up the light small tan cap with bla retention and lacing, nothing standing out for the look of this brew. Hops are at the front of the aroma as they should be but theyíre not as insane as most North American IPAís go, a smooth maltiness rounds out the smell. I think the main problem Iím having with the aroma of this IPA is that the hops smell more sweet and candy like then cirusy. Taste is all sweet hops a touch of coffee and some darker tasting malts, there is a slight citrus taste in the finish. This IPA was drinkable it didnít taste bad but I can think of many many others I would grab before I grab this one again. Review done while watching Night at the museum.
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 30, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep amber beer with a thick sticky white head. Aroma is quite caramelly with a fairly prominent earthy/spicy hop nose. The yeast is quite UK-ish with a touch of light berryish fruitiness. Fairly chewy, biscuity malt backbond. Quite fresh and well balanced with a moderate hoppy bitterness. Itís nice but it could be drier and have more hop flavour.
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Orange-amber in colour with a large lingering and rather creamy off-white head, excellent lacing. The aroma is sugary sweet, light citrus hops, some oranges and soap. The flavour is of tropical fruits, moderate bitterness, some earthy notes, dough, light caramel malt sweetness. Moderately bitter mouthfeel, medium/light body, high carbonation. Finishes medium length and the carbonation picks up.
A highly carbonated IPA. It was pretty drinkable although not overly flavourful.
341ml bottle obtained in a trade with piscator34, thanks Kris.
Opened on August 10, 2008.
pivnizub (10088) - Bochum, PorķřŪ, GERMANY - FEB 12, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (courtesy of joss!): A bit hazy, copper coloured, huge persistent beige head; very aromatic, a bit perfumed, hoppy nose with a solid caramelly background and hidden fruity traces; moderate to solid bitter-sweet flavour, creamy MF, medium bodied; sourish sweetish-fruity finish with a hoppy "tail". Very drinkable, not too perfect.........
Narnad (1518) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2009
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a great golden in color with very little head and very fine, low carbonation. Aroma is so heavy of Marris Otter that itís really hard to smell anything else. The flavor starts off with a very small amount of citrus/sweet hops flavor but then moves into a very pungent almost an ashy/smokey Maris malt punch. The beer is pretty good overall but not what I would typically classify as an IPA.
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 29, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a cloudy golden color with a thin white head. Aroma of fruity hops with sweetness. The flavor is very sweet and the hops provide a fruity flavor. The body is light with a creamy texture and gentle carbonation. I really like this brewery, but I was kind of disapointed by this one.
JorisPPattyn (9379) - Ursel, BELGIUM - OCT 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Huge dense head, between cream--colour and mango over reddish-brown/amber beer. Very nice nose of exotic fruit, hops with touches of mango, lytchee, grapefruit. Some cookey malts playing hide-and-seek behind. Hoppy, sourish-bitterish taste, just overclashing a cakey sweet-matly underbuild. Less fruity than the nose, if still quite nice. Grapey, bitter(ish) oranges, some lytchee left. On the reverse side of the coin, the finish is metallic-bitter, much more crude. Not really full-bodied, bit mineral water quality. The nose is fantastic. The rest OK to more than OK. Danke, joss
jonas (6698) - Garching b. MŁnchen, GERMANY - JUL 14, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Tropical fruit aroma (mangoes, peaches) Dark amber with a nice creamy tanned head. Light smoked, earthy, roasted notes, light body,edgy bitter hop notes. Woodsmoke retronasal.
probstblueribbon (3698) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 11, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
355 ml bottle from Sherbrooke Liquor (Edmonton), served cold in a wine glass.
App.: Slightly hazy amber, fair off-white foam with a green tinge.
Aroma: Lots of juicy orange notes, floral honey, some burnt sugar and toffee, some cherry and apricot fruitiness, an earthy mustiness, some melon and wood, thereís another aroma in there that Iím having difficulty putting describing...like green tea?
Palate: Medium body, fairly full effervescence that is fairly soft with some sharp bubbles.
Flav.: More of the orange-citrus that leans towards lemon, a bit of floral honey, some pine and resinous hops, a bit of the burnt sugar and toffee, some melon, that ambiguous green tea note carries into the flavour; off-dry with a fairly good bitter hit that sticks around a bit.
An interesting blend of flavours and aromas. I donít love it, but I find it enjoyable.