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Seriously potent bitterness with a series of pungent and resinous aromas. A Dry beer with a slight resinous licorice backbone to it. You got to drink this beer on a full moon night on a West Coast beach (an Italian one will surely do as well).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClubGonzo (4434) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 6, 2013
Bottle from Vinmonopolet in Valkendorfsgate, Bergen, shared with Maltmisjonen. Pours a slightly dark-hued orange body with a medium off-white head. Aroma is rosewater, floral perfumy notes, sweet honey and hints of herbs. Taste is floral heather tones, citrus, orange blossom and hints of nutty caramel. Medium body and carbonation. Decent IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
larsga (6446) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 15, 2013
Medium white head. Clear amber body with strong carbonation. Resiny catty oily aroma with peachy wooden orangey notes. Dry-sweet resiny peachy orangey taste with pine needle notes. Mid-bodied. Sharpish mouthfeel. Dryish resiny ashy oily aftertaste with pineapple and earth notes. Too harsh for me. (0.33l bottle, from wine monopoly, Vika, Oslo.)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beer4000 (4818) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 15, 2013
330 ml bottle. Rather hazy orange body with a medium sized, lacing off-white head. Strong hoppy aroma with tropical and citric fruit together with light caramel malt. Flavor is smooth malty, rather bitter and lots of fruit like citric and tropical, some pine, a hint of marmalade, ripe fruit and smooth caramel malt. Fine and balanced in flavor all the way, nice body and long, pleasant bitter aftertaste. Nothing extreme, just incredible balanced and very mooreish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cunningham (5152) - Halden, NORWAY - SEP 15, 2013

Appearance: Hazy amber golden color with a fine white head that leaves a nice lacing.
Aroma: Fine grape hoppy, malty and tropical fruity.
Palate: Medium body. Slightly sweet and a fine bitterness. Average carbonation.
Taste: Mild grape hoppy, heavy tropical fruity, bready and a malty back.
Overall impression: Way to sweet fruity!
Personal stats: Bottle Vinmonopolet Vika in Oslo, Norway

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tfredvik (1274) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 4, 2013
This is how an IPA should be. Period. It pours a hazy, pale amber body with a small, off-white head that reduces to a fully lasting thin layer after quite some time, and it laces the glass well. Very strong aroma with truckloads of hoppy notes. It’s mainly overripe tropical fruits and grapefruit, but it also has a solid malty backbone with caramel which makes this one smell more like a DIPA than your average super crisp IPA. The taste is moderate sweet and the slightly dry and very long-lasting finish is very heavy bitter. It’s a lovely, powerful and clean bitterness that lingers on and on. Amazing! The flavours are unusually strong, again with DIPA like overripe tropical fruits, grapefruit and malts in the back, but equally obvious are the resin and the juicy pine needles. Far in the back I get a whiff of alcohol. The mouthfeel is close to perfect, a lovely oily texture and medium carbonation, and the moderate carbonation enhances the crisp elements and makes sure that the overripe fruity notes doesn’t take over. A winner!
[33 cl bottle, enjoyed 1 year before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lusikka (6736) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 1, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2013 330 ml bottle @ Ale & Hop, Barcelona. Pours a deep cloudy amber golden colour with a white head. Aroma is very strong with strong citrusy hops, some herbal notes and mild sweetness. Flavour of pungent citrusy hops, floral notes, mild caramel, pale malts and really nice and round herbal notes. Very big citrusy hoppy finish with pale malts and only a little sweetness. Extremely high drinkability. Hop head?s delight.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
kappldav123 (5303) - GERMANY - AUG 30, 2013
Thanks to Koelschtrinker for that one. Bottle looks a bit complex, but okay. Beer in the glass zippy, deep golden, nice head. Starts intense hoppy and very dry. Quite bitter background. Light fruity like grapefruit. Finish dry and metallically. A bit unbalanced. Okay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ej (878) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - AUG 5, 2013
Light golden, clear with a large and creamy white head. Aroma is pine and resinous hoppyness. Taste is very bitter, also with the same pine / resin that I found in the aroma. Pretty straight forward this IPA, rather drinkable but maybe a bit over the top with bitterness. Medium carbonation and body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Inbreak (2490) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - AUG 3, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 03.08.2013, 0,33l bottle @ home:
Nice creamy longlasting head. Aroma is slightly fruity, light malts, hops, harsh grass, bark, pine needles, dried fruits, caramel, leafs. Taste is harsh grassy, pine needles, grass, bark, hops, wet leafs, soil, caramel, cardboard. Longlasting harsh bitterness. Not for me!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
visionthing (3217) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 1, 2013
33cl bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika. Pours hazy orange to amber with an off-white head. Hoppy aroma with pine, citrus, tropical fruits, malt and caramel. Medium sweet with nice hoppy flavours and a solid bitterness. Quite well balanced. Medium body with slightly soft carbonation. Bitter aftertaste with notes of grapefruit. Very nice!

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