DrnkMcDermott (2799) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I got the 12-pack last July and stashed it in the fridge with the idea of a video tasting comparing all six at once. Never got around to happening. Now it’s 10 months later, and I finally decide to just do two at a time. I’m comparing this to the Simcoe, both poured in Sam Adams glasses.
Pour: I got the whole bottle into the glass, with the foam puffing up just to the rim. Look is filtered amber with bit of floating sediment. Foam stays at the one finger level for some time.
Aroma: Less oxidized than the Simcoe. Hop aroma is greatly settled out.
Taste: Malts to the front now. Hops are only slightly present, just enough to keep the beer honest. Bit of earthy English hop, but just barely there.
Total package is a lighter mouthfeel, like an English bitter. A little too mild to stand as even an English IPA, but that’s my fault for not drinking it fresh.
CpyNPrnT (370) - Indiana, USA - SEP 12, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma of burnt hops, taste is burnt, bitter, no at all what I was expecting. Would not try again
eire1207 (1) - - SEP 10, 2014 does not count
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
My least favorite of the "Deconstructed" offerings.
Too earthy, with a lingering, unpleasant aftertaste.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle:   Soft earthy notes, moderate bitterness, a touch of tea leaves, simple, clean.   Very faint apricot or peach.   Light on the backside, bitterness fades leaving a little bit of hop oil.   Enjoyable, nice flavors, low bitterness.
williamherbert (1290) - Syracuse, New York, USA - SEP 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beer #1 of 6. Golden/copper color. Slushy head, a decent swath of lace.
Aroma is sweet, caramel malts; candi sugars. The hops have an herbal quality. I do catch the apricot that is mentioned on the label; but it’s very subtle. Has a soil-like complexity; dirt. A touch of couch drop?
The taste is a very sharp hop, that has a weed-like quality. Very try and extremely earthy. Touch of black licorice. Bergamot, like Earl Grey tea. The dry spiciness is overwhelming. Very cereal-heavy grain bill, almost like Grape-Nuts. Basement mustiness.
Feels dry, fizzy, prickly. I’m not over the moon about this one, but it’s a solid beer. It’s no joke, and it’s no weak sister. The hops are strictly a bittering accent in this baby, and that’s quite all right.
CopterScott (142) - Kansas, USA - AUG 30, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
clear copper color with a thin white head. aroma very light floral hops and malt. Flavor is caramel malt, floral hops, earth, and some pepper.
mtdewa1 (308) - rome, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2014
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Dark gold pour mild white head. Little lacing. Aroma mild bitterness, citrus and floral. Taste is mild. Smooth bitterness, some citrus. Maybe apricot. A little malty but good balance. Aftertaste a little off. Overall ok.
Davhgbrew (940) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
Smooth and drinkable, but all I get is blueberry. I don’t get any apricot. Hop flavor Is pronounced, but on the low side. Too much fruit sweetness come into play with this beer.
BREWMUSKCLES (2234) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 11, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
a bit earthy and i would go further to say a little dead and seemingly muddled with a decent hop profile emitting from that overriding profile. some kind of toffee or caramel that is not at all sweet and a bit of chalk that seems inappropriate. flash of brightness takes one a bit back. not bad some pepper and fruity something or other in a light perfume...Scothchy with perhaps peat? burnt orange.
Darkmagus82 (1300) - - AUG 10, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a nice amber color with a massive amber tinged head. The head has fantastic retention and last a very long time, with it eventually fading leaving a wonderful level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is a moderate mix of bready and crackery aromas with some hop smells. The hop aromas are of a musty and husky grassy smell with some other aromas of a more herbal and vegetal nature. A little bit of tropical fruit is there is well, helping the aroma, but with the mustiness of the smell, it is a overall bit off putting.
Taste – The taste begins with thick bready and crackery taste with some more herbal and earthy hop flavors. The hops become more musky and dank as the taste advances with a very dirty hop taste being left at the end. From the start there is some sweeter fruit flavors which are later joined by some caramel. These sweet flavors mellow the taste a bit, but due to the dank hop tastes that really surge at the end and some more vegetal flavors that develop as well, on is left with a rather “dirty and musky” flavor to be left on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body is just above on the slightly thicker side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. A thinner body would have subdued some of the very dank flavors better and hence would have likely been better for the flavors of the brew.
Overall – Certainly not one I would take over the traditional latitude 48. The Kent Golding’s are good when blended, but too much of them results in an unbalanced IPA in my opinion.
Dal9000 (185) - Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark amber with a white thick head. Sweet but bitter apricot ? No pine taste at all.
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