Jimthechap (1650) - Christchurch, - 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.
beer-yum (470) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Subtle aroma gives little hint of the taste explosion to follow. Huge body somewhat overshadows the hops - but is not something to complain about.
andrewturba (969) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy deep copper with a small sticky off white head with lots of lace. Aroma is sweet tropical fruit, citrus, smooth resin, caramel and some residual sweetness. Flavour is pine, citrus, resin, tropical fruit, caramel and a lingering med-high perceived bitterness.
neuromatt (1154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 mL bottle from the LCBO, served in a pint glass. Pours hazy amber with a large beige head that fades to a thin remnant and leaves a moderate amount of fine lace. On the nose, there are big notes of grapefruit, citrus and resinous hops. Biscuit and caramel malts also come through, but are overshadowed. The flavour is intensely bitter throughout, with resin and grapefruit up front, and intense resin through the finish. Caramel malts provide a nice accent. It closes out with a long, moderately bitter finish with pepper, spice and a lots of resin. On the palate, it is medium in body with a dryish texture and average carbonation. Overall, this is a nice double IPA with impressive New Zealand hops and very nice malts. Well done. 2013-06-06
DuffMan (6739) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared with GCDP. Deep tawny colour, very hazy, with a thick golden head. Heavy toffee malts dominate the pleasing citrus hops that are here, making this brew feel more like a "baby barley wine" for me, which I was quite happy with. Not an IIPA to please the hophead purists, but I found it very pleasing.
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013-10-14. Very hazy dark amber body, modest off white head. 3+ Aroma is pleasantly hoppy, moderately alcoholic. Flavour is pretty bitter, sweetish core, moderate citrus character grows as it warms, nice grapefruit and pith. Smooth average plus bodied palate. Bottle from the LCBO, Toronto
Glouglouburp (6023) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In short: A malty caramelized IPA with assertive resinous coniferous hops. Tasty but heavy for the style.
How: Bottle 500ml, consumed one week after receiving it from mcberko, however fresh a New-Zealand IPA can be in North-America. Thanks Matt.
The look: Cloudy burnt orange body topped by a persistent small beige head.
In long: The very hoppy nose is coniferous and a bit fruity but mostly it is very resinous. Some toasted maltiness also shows in the aroma. In mouth the beer has a rather thick body, a sticky texture and a medium carbonation. Taste is loaded with crisp caramelized malts and toasted brown sugar followed by intense coniferous hops leading to a sticky hops resin finish. Some alcohol heat. Straightforward and rather intense beer, almost a sipper. Rich caramel with strong resinous hopping translate to a relatively low drinkability. This is pretty much the opposite of a refreshing IPA. Nothing spectacular here but at least I wrote an entire rating without writing the made-up word mouthfeel, dammit, I just wrote mouthfeel, shit, I wrote it twice now.
stoutnick (530) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks great - golden pale. Aroma is big fruit. Taste is bitterness, fruit, sweet syrup. Great beer from the renaissance crew.
gam (3237) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich amber misty pour good sized block head medium strong carbonation aromas floral pine caramel crisp citrus notes tropical fruit hint of toffee the flavours medium strong bitter tastes like fruit pip some grapefruit lemon apricot caramel kiwi fruit a floral touch hits the palate nicely the finish sharp hop tastes crisp clean lasting bitter as well pine sweet malt for balance very nice indeed
MarkoR (524) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a golden colour with a thick white head. Aroma is citrus, toasted malts, honey. Taste of hops, citrus. Nice beer.
inceptioj (47) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 24, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful. massive tropical fruit aroma punches you right in your face. The taste is more subtle, slowly developing and evolving from earthy hop bitterness into more sweet fruity flavours. This is all on top of a resinous caramel base. So full and sticky in the mouth. It contains everything I like about IPA’s