AgentAle (1529) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 2, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is roasted sweet malts, light rye spice and a funky earthiness. Taste is sweet malts with hints of honey, clove,citrus and funk. Pretty well balanced overall but slight tang on tip. Appearance is gold with a thin pearl head that retains fairly well.
teamsale (179) - Washington, USA - MAY 21, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured into pilsner glass. Pours a copper with a two finger off-white head and standard lacing. Smells fruity with some catpiss. Has a really nice flavor and solid bitterness with a so-so but everlasting aftertaste. Well balanced and well above average.
Alengrin (4535) - BELGIUM - MAY 20, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hybrid of American and English style IPA it seems, since apart from two classic New World hops, an even more classic English noble hop is used. Label mentions an ABV of 5.25% rather than the 5.6% given here, but strangely the brewery’s website also shows the label with 5.25% while mentioning 5.6% in the accompanying text next to it... ’Membranous’, continuous lacing from a medium thick, irregular, egg-white, moussy head on top of an immediately hazy, deep peachy orange coloured beer. Aroma indeed has traits of both ’hop worlds’: orange peel, sweet curry, dried ginger, wet straw, faint pine resin, cooked carrot, white pepper, vague iron, strawberry juice, chicken broth, dried apricot, honey, freshly cut cucumber. Fruity onset but not in a ’wildly’ estery way, just subtle and clean hints of apricot, dried mango and gooseberry, with a slight salty edge from the hops turning to bitter already at an early stage; carbonation remains on the soft side. Underneath, a bready, lightly biscuity malt body develops with a very lightly toasted accent, supporting the hop bitterness which by the end becomes very earthy, resinous, thoroughly tonic water-like bittering and peppery, but not hugely aromatic, apart from some floral and dried citrus peel-like hints; earthy bitterness lasts for a long time and only lets a thin trail of malts through, along with some subtly bready yeastiness. If the idea is to compromise between old English IPA and new American IPA, I think this goal has been relatively well achieved. It has an earthy, tonic water-like bitterness to it which seems more typical for old world hoppiness, while, however, the lush New World aromas underachieve - at first I thought this was due to the age of the bottle, but as far as I can tell, it is not thàt old and the other reviews here seem to convey the same. In all: deeply bittering, quenching and drying IPA, just not fragrant enough, and the faint cooked chicken-like accents in the nose give away that something is a bit ’off’ and out of balance here as well. Among the lesser American IPAs I had so far.
pintbypint (3327) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 3, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
650ml brown botlle. Golden and clear, big white head. Nose has orange and fruity notes/mango. Taste of orangey hops and biscuity malts. Citrus aftertaste. Light, ok.
kathouse (1627) - Nevada, USA - APR 2, 2016
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Resinous and citrus orange aromas. Cloudy orange in color with white fading foam. Moderate bitterness without being bright. Heavy hop flavor.
Maverick34 (2984) - New York, USA - MAR 26, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. Orangey pour. Kinda skunk some grapefruit and citrus. Pretty inoffensive ipa
Countbeer (6205) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - MAR 24, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Served in a shaker:
Large fluffy head. Hazy orange amber body.
Aroma of hops, malts, fruit like peach, apricot and some grapefruit, light floral...
Flavour is nice bitter and hoppy with grapefruit and floral tones.
Bitter floral fruity aftertaste.
Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, good medium bodied.
madmitch76 (22102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
13th February 2016
Hazy gold - amber beer, good bubbly cream colour head. Palate is light, dry and mildly crisp. Smooth malts, touches of sweet cream and tangy caramel. Floral bitterness that is getting toward harsh. A little orange peel, well buried. Light semi dry finish. Floral bitter linger. A fairly harsh IPA, like an Imperial Bitter.
danlo (2561) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 fl oz bottle from Bier Huis. Orange amber colour, white foam head leaving some lacing and tropical fruit & citrus aroma. Taste is malt caramel, some biscuit, with tangy citrus grapefruit and grassy, earthy bitterness. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry lingering grassy bitter finish. Quite OK.
ATulloch (218) - Aberdeenshire, SCOTLAND - FEB 10, 2016
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from deeside drinks emporium. Pours a clear brown with little head. Not much aroma. Slight peppery orange. Flavour has the bitter hop taste but a very bland flavour. Again peppery. Expecting a hoppy bad boy with the name gale force IPA. More like a weak breeze IPA.