alexsdad06 (5558) - Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle shared by Dave. Pours a clear golden amber color with a small white head. The aroma is fruity with citrus and light tropical notes, herbal, grass with a light sweet malt note. The flavor was very much like the nose with moderate bitterness at the finish. Solid, with nothing outstanding.
b3shine (5573) - Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle to snifter. Looks good; a semi-transparent orange with thin off-white lacing. Smells solid; bitter hops and semi-sweet malt. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. Solid, not spectacular.
ACD (652) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 27, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
50cl bottle from Redmond's of Ranelagh. Pours dark copper with thin off-white head - average lacing. Aroma is very interesting: tropical fruits, floral notes, pear, slight orange, caramel malt. Taste is wonderfully balanced with plenty of delicate tropical and floral notes mixing with light caramel malt. Some peach character in there too. Bitterness is there but by no means aggressive - pretty light for the style. Mouthfeel is medium. Lingering caramel and light citrus/pine bitterness. Finish is fairly dry, but with a hint caramel sweetness. My first experience of Rakau hops, pretty impressed - very delicate; this is a delicious IPA, although if I was tasting this blind there's no way I would class it as Imperial - so incredibly drinkable. Thoroughly enjoyable.
bhensonb (11251) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from City Beer - so it must be 2012 - yet the ABV is 8.5. Not sure what makes this beer different from year to year. Pours copper with a slight beige head. Aroma is very soft and fruity - suggesting tropical fruits. Med+ body. Flavor is strongly fruity - very hoppy, but not harsh - almost lush. Hard to dig out the malt. Lots of hop. There’s a bit of heat when it hits the gullet. Finishes quite bitter - as hoppy as NW DIPAs usually are, but fruiter and less harsh. Good stuff indeed.
freeofthoughts (659) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - NOV 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cloudy copper darker amber. Smells sweet of darker pale malts, apples, lightly pears. The palate is grainy and mostly smooth with a light bittering drying finish. The taste is very fruity but not much on sweetness. Earthy apples are the biggest note with a touch of sweet fresh floral flowery hops. Very easy to drink at 8.5%. Nice rounded single hop beer.
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice dark copper pour with a long lived white head. Even after a careful pour though I ended up with about a half inch of sediment in my glass. Aroma is caramel, maybe a bit of pear. I kept thinking "soft fruit." It smelled mushy. Flavor is caramel, pears, a bit sweet. I’m not sure how much of the hop character is hanging around, but this was mostly a malt bomb. I would love to try it fresh.
nedmuzza (13) - - OCT 15, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
wot a surprise no metallic aftertaste but herbaceous,clean lipsmacking flavour and a pleasant almost caramel ending note
Jimthechap (1685) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 6, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On the darker side of amber lurks the MPA with a covering of off-white to cream coloured head and plenty of fine beaded carbonation. Upon hoovering up the aroma, I am given apricot, fruit leather, ripe golden malts and deep luscious spicy fruit cake and glace fruit aromas. I distinctly recall a touch of blue cheese in the offering from last year that isn’t there this year. It does still offer resins, pine gum and amber on top of leather. The nose is intensely complex, but is it better than last year? It is bloody good, but it is not last year’s beer. A sip reveals all of the former but with a dainty carbonation, silky, oily body and gentle flavours as opposed the last year’s leviathan. The finish isn’t nearly as pronounced but is still gently enjoyable. There is hoppy bitterness that carries the finish but does not overwhelm.
I liked this beer for what it offered and in fairness to the brewer, it is a golden, gorgeous glass. I also enjoy that there seems to variation year upon year and long may that continue. On the counter, I enjoyed last year’s a touch more... listen to me, this beer is beautiful like Monica Belucci’s bosom.
omega (703) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I found this beer to be a more subtle style of IIPA. The hops and high alcohol do not immediately jump out of the glass, but you know that they are there. A dry nicely balanced IIPA.
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 24, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fantastic! This was great, beautiful flavours and balance love the rakau hops. Worth a try.