AirForceHops (4175) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft served in a standard shaker. Amber color with solid white head. Aroma is what a ESB should be, English malts with traces of toffee and light citrus or fruit.
I normally don’t go after this style but I enjoy this brewery so... Why not? Spot on for the style with a slightly hopper flavor profile. Earthy English toffee that leads into some grassy hops in the finish. The balance is real nice malt to hop ratio. Very easy to drink on a scorching hot September afternoon in Boston. Well made for the style!
Palme (3605) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
0.65 bottle from De Molen beer shop shared with Inbreak @ Train to Leiden. A really lovely looking head on this. Fantastic lacings, white in color and fluffy in texture. This on top of a near clear dark golden body. Subtle and mild grassy nose on this. Some nice mild sweetness as well with hints if grains and fruits. It tastes pretty mild also, but it’s one of those not to boring bitters this. It has a really good grassy punch in the taste, some rhubarb and red currants . About average+ on the carbonation and light oily on the mouthfeel. Can give it credit for a for a really good grassy burp. I kinda like this. A good train trip back to the hotel after Borefts. 28.09.2013
Inbreak (2612) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - OCT 13, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 28.09.2013, 0,65l bottle (bottled august 2010, 1st batch) shared with Palme @ train from Bodegraven to Leiden:
Big slightly bubbly longlasting head. Aroma is slightly sweet grainy, wet grain, dried fruits, hay, sugar, grass. Taste is slightly dry grassy, light malts, hay, grass, wet grain, herbs, cardboard, weeds. Longlasting bitterness, dry mouthfeel. Pretty boring, definitely a old bottle if the labelling is correct.
Ober (2812) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - JAN 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A clear yellow/orange colored beer, with a big thick foamy off white head. The aroma is fruity, citrus, some hop. The taste is dry bitter and notes of fruit. The aftertaste is strong bitter, dry and a little sweet.
jcwattsrugger (11359) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle-shared by jtclockwork-tight foamy offwhite-hazy gold. A-citrus-lemon, lt/med malt-bready. T-citrus rind, drying, lt/med malt-bready.
jtclockwork (10432) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy apricot gold with a white head. Nose/taste of sweet malt, dry bread, lemon, toasted grain, dried apricot pit and mild spice. Nose has some hints of apple core - not noticeable in taste. Medium body.
Leighton (13536) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Nikki and Andre’s wedding, CT. Shame a good bit of the bottle spilled after some dude knocked it over. Never the less, what I had was very good. Plenty of earthy hops throughout, light toasty bread, light to medium sweetness, dirt, faint dry caramel. Light to medium bodied with creamy carbonation. Good balance to finish, moderate bitterness of earth, light leaves, toast. Solid. Nails the style.
Martinus (3568) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - JUL 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber colour, beige head. Aroma of caramel, malts, red fruits, oranges and light chlorine. Bitter flavour, quite malty. Quite dry. Finish malty sweet, pronounced bitter tones and orange marmelade.
(From 66cl bottle shared @ ZZT IV)
dEnk (4178) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUL 22, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ tasting. Aroma is flowery hops, some yeasty notes. Flavour is very bitter of herbal spicy hops.
deanso (6321) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at the molen tasting.
Decent white head. Clear golden pour. Nice hoppy bitterness.