ComradeK (1086) - Sydney, - MAY 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle. Pours a hazy medium amber, with a smallish off-white head, which lasts reasonably well and leaves a little lacing. Caramel and biscuit malt notes dominate the aroma, with some mild floral and fruity hops in the mix. Kiwifruit, melon and floral hops up front lead into a blend of biscuit and nutty malt notes in the mid-palate. Nutty malt and floral hops make up the finish. This is quite a nice beer, with some very pleasant hops flavours. To my mind, however, the hops need to assert themselves more to really make this feel like an IPA. Enjoyable as it is, it feels to me more like a hoppy bitter than an IPA.
zacgillbanks (4065) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Fenwick, Newcastle. Hazy amber coloured with a thin white head of foam. It has a malty and slight tropical fruit flavour with vanilla notes and a warming red fruity finish. Good.
anders37 (21888) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 4, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy pale amber color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty citrus hoppy aroma with weak hints of caramel Fruity malty citrus hoppy earthy flavor. Has a fruity malty citrus hoppy weak caramel finish.
esox (1226) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 11, 2015
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Murky amber beer, frothy white head. Hoppy aromas of apricot jam, raspberry, mango, kiwi and a hint of tamarind sauce. Extremely fizzy carbonation makes it diffucult to taste. Dryish, slightly biscuity and caramelly malts, quite strong and sweetly fruity/slightly herbal hop flavor, mellow hop bite in the finish. Carbs erupt in your mouth forming a mouthfull of foam. Way over carbonated! Medium body. Aroma is wonderfull, but carbs knock out most ois the rest. And it is very good, nevertheless.
leaparsons (9543) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, The Offie, Leicester. Golden brown with a thin head. Toffee and hedgerow berries with mushroom funk. Citrus rind with nutty notes. Pithy, clean, bittersweet grapefruit with herbal aspects. Leafy, peppery pine with a malty, yet dry finish. A bit roasty and toasty. Decent.
jookos (5020) - FINLAND - NOV 13, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle@opuskm amber hazy. Green citrus, grapefruits, pine, doughy yeast on nose. Med bldied, good bitters, feels bit homebrewy messy tho. Soft, nice. Green citrus hoooy ioa.
mrjez (343) - Osaka, JAPAN - NOV 12, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From old notes. 500ml bottle from Costco.
Pours a bronze-amber with a tiny filmy head. Quite clear. Big malty aroma, caramel toffee, but mixed well with bright floral hops. The taste and feel is excellent, very solid malt base, a little sweetness, mild hop bitterness, a little fruity pith and lightly spiced. Ends quite bitter and dry. Really enjoyable.
mike_77 (4927) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - OCT 29, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden. Aroma has a lot of caramel malt. Flavour is full on and packed with malts and hops. Very well balanced.
RichTheVillan (5983) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at Craven Arms; hazy dark amber pour with a creamy beige head, aroma has sweet toffee and red fruits, taste has some spice along with caramel and red fruits.
undercurrent25 (1817) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
IMBC 2015 Pours a pale colour. Very hoppy with a dry finish. A good example of the style
MOFO (28) - Melbourne (Prev: Chch, NZ), AUSTRALIA - OCT 9, 2015
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Perhaps a bad bottle? Although not off in any way, just nothing great.. Poured a dirty copper colour like you get at the end of a keg sometimes but looked a bit dirt for my liking. Very short lived head of foam. Nothing wow on the nose. It drank like it looked - copper/metallic - but not off/tang - just, malt driven and not hop driven like I would expect of an IPA.
I havent had a Renaissance beer before - despite seeing them in AU/NZ quite a bit - the cost of them and the fact that they just look a little boring meant I hadnt tried one. This one was a gift, and I cant help but think my spidey-senses work pretty well after this one. I still have a Scotch version to get through to hopefully swing me to a more positive tune.