teorn88 (3489) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2013 33cl bottle courtesy of Alex. It pours deep orange / burnt sugar in colour with a one finger soapy white head. Foam vanishing rather quickly. Aroma is intensely hoppy, coming through as very fruity. Smells like apricot and feet from the bottle and it’s already magnificent. In the glass it opens to more citrusy notes with grapefruit and apricot. Some sugary sweetness in the nose as well. Taste is bitter on a solid malty backbone. Ends very dry and very bitter. So bitter it’s almost astringent. Taste is very fruity, as in the nose, but more balanced towards a biscuit toffee like malt base. You can feel this is bold. Nice body, almost silky texture. Soft carbonation. Overall, definitely a hop bomb. Outstanding in the aroma, balanced in the taste. You need to be used to serious hoppiness to stand the almost abrasive aftertaste. If you do, this can be heaven.
skortila (4686) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JAN 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks Alex for the bottle. The aroma has citrus and has herbal, somewhat harsh tones. Columbus hops there? Bit hazy, golden-orange coloured beer with a good head. The taste is quite bitter, bit harsh, citric, herbal, not too malty. Refreshing, pleasant carbonation. Nice one. Got this one is one session with th F.R.E.S.H, which has some more maltiness and sweetness. I think this one is better. Nintendo-like 8-bit artwork is cool.
maekchu (2505) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JAN 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Thanks to KyotoLefty. Citrus and perfumey fruit in the nose. Very clear straw color. Mild citrus hop initial; morphs into a light fruity mid palate, and then balances, with a little metallic note; finishes with some harsh bitterness on the edges of the tongue. Thin, or actually somewhat watery. Nice enough.
Koelschtrinker (11743) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - DEC 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dunkler und frischer Hopfenantrunk, dunkel. Grasnoten, die Hopfigkeit steigert sich aber bleibt auf angenehmem Niveau. Dabei ist der Hopfen recht süß, besonders im langen Nachhall fällt dies auf. Nettes würziges Bier mit harmonischem Hopfencharackter. 10/9/11/11/12/12
KyotoLefty (6964) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012 Dry, hoppy nose. Citrus zest and pith, light caramel. Cloudy orange-brown with a tall, fine head. Sweet, fruity flavor, light chocolate and caramel. Huge hops—grapefruit, grass, earth. Very bitter finish. Thick and full body. Good.
madmitch76 (16835) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
17th December 2012
Bottle at the Craft Clerkenwell. Thanks again to Frederic and Tom for their generousity. Very hazy amber beer, small off white head. Palate starts smooth but has a carbonated bite. Sweetish orange and mango hops with a trace of tinned tropical fruit syrup. Minerals. Smooth creamy malt underneath. Finishes with nibbly carbonation. Nice sweet IPA.
Travlr (14454) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Alex420 - thanks! Shared with the local RB crew and staff at Birreria Paradiso Georgetown, as well as ChurchKey. The aroma of coconut, pineapple, suntan lotion (in a good way!) was very popular. People found the taste to be bitter and plain. One noted a bit of sourness.
Zarin (202) - ITALY - DEC 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: hops, grass and resin, citrus, malt. A: amber. T: heavy bitterness, malt presence. P: mb. O: 16
GT2 (9064) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
355mL thanks to Travlr. Pours a low haze orange. Weaker white head. Nose is tropical hops, meaty, cantaloupe. Taste is very bitter, nutty, astringent, salty, buoyant. A bit harsh. Palate ultra aggressive hoppy. Too soapy and bitter to enjoy. Dry, astringent finish.
_angst_ (3235) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of rlgk. Pours slightly hazy golden with a frothy white head that slowly dissipates while leaving some trace and lacing on the glass. Smell is tiny sweet, fruity and hoppy with crackers, green peas, lemon zest, lemon grass, white bread, grapefruit juice, persimmon, gooseberries, freshly cut grass and hints of alcohol. Taste is tiny sweet and very bitter with grapefruit rinds, white bread, gooseberries, cape gooseberries, freshly cut grass, pine needles, green peas and hints of grapefruit rinds. Mouthfeel is slightly round, slightly astringent and light to medium bodied. Finish is bitter with lemon balm, grapefruit rinds, fresh garlic, pine needles, lemon peal and hints of alcohol. Bit unbalanced...