Jimthechap (1607) - Christchurch, - OCT 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I’ll be honest and say I was expecting a ruby red ale with a ferocious assault of juniper that would have had me reeling imagining I have been attacked by a dutchman (lowercase D for deliberate) armed with Jenever. It appeared much lighter than that with a coarse white head. The juniper in the aroma is subtle, smelling more like a cheeky pale ale with grapefruit and apricot aromas. In the flavour again I was wondering where the juniper was and then I sat and thought about some of the better gins I had tasted. In those the juniper was a balancing item for the other botanicals such as lemon peel, coriander, cubeb berries, chamomile, rose petals, licorice and so forth. Here it is again a subtle balancer for more tart citrus and chlorophyll characters lent by the hops. But you add them to a whole and you get a fresh pale ale with a real astringent bitterness that carries the finish long after it would have been due to expire. I think of this beer as an interesting exemplar of a spicy ale that could have used a little more juniper if I’m honest.
Christpuncher (1098) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2014
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
really malty and too much juniper. thought i would like this more based on the style. smells piney and pours orange in color. had this as a bottle pour at home.
Benfi (532) - DENMARK - AUG 17, 2014
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Nice head, clear, smell of lemon. Note of juniper going of very quickly. Bitterness on the palate and not only the tongue.
Gurthnar (1629) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - AUG 14, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Aroma typical American, resiny, some caramel. Clear golden colour. Taste is once again resiny and caramely. Plain, uninteresting pale ale with not a hint of juniper. Otherwise okay beer.
hub66 (109) - SWITZERLAND - AUG 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Couleur jaune avec une petite mousse blanche; arômes fruités; goût houblonné; finale amère intéressante; une bonne APA
Bosskie (381) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 10, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange coloured beer with a weak head and light carbonation.
Mouty sweet smell with caramel and honey (thou that’s probably the juniper).
Good balance with the honey/juniper dominating with a watery base. Subtle alcoholic touch. Some caramel.
Bit too mouty for my taste.
ARH (369) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber poured into a fat stemmed flute. The initial aromas are quite bright, sweet fruit - namely ripe berries with some tropical notes - along with pie crust, honey, and a touch of a "woodsy" note. It pours a clear orange honey color with a creamy / foamy white head that retains a big puffy island and leaves a solid layer of puffy lace. It’s a bit more bitter than sweet, but both sit at about medium levels. The texture is oily with a moderate amount of fizzy carbonation and a medium body. The finish is primarily grass and pine with some tropical fruit and caramel. It’s dry, crisp, and clean with an aftertaste that’s spruce and/or herb with some sugary scone bread.
vipinvelp (2122) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - JUL 31, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Somewhat hazy golden with big lasting off-white lacing foam head. Aroma is barley, clearly hoppy. Nice taste, decent pale ale, nice bitter, some light fruit notes. (Arnhem 201407)
Beerhunter111 (7093) - Hasborn, GERMANY - JUL 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein leicht trübes orangegelbes Bier mit nicht so viel Schaum. Geruch sehr fruchtig hopfig, Aprikose. Geschmack hopfig bitter, angenehm fruchtig nach Aprikose.
Case (238) - GERMANY - JUL 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours light clear yellow with medium head. Aroma is sweet and fruity, pineapple, caramel. Taste is malty, honey, herbal, some solid bitterness. The juniper offers a nice contrast but can be hard to make out sometimes. The APA part however is excellent. Would have again.
davidtjm (320) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUL 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Aroma is sweet, sticky, fruity.
Taste is fairly bitter, balanced with light citrus notes and minor acidity. Nice