Nocturne (1380) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask. Pale red shade with a head that leaves lots of lace. Fruity aroma with a taste like citrus and light strawberry jam. Tangy and resinous hop bite with sticky malt backing it up. Tasty and drinks a little easier than the strength.
danlo (1850) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Tanners Hall JDW, Darlington. Brown-golden amber colour, thin white head and aroma of caramel & hops. Smooth malt caramel taste with orange hop bitterness. Medium bodied, low carbonation. Quite drinkable.
DruncanVeasey (7881) - NUNEATON, TOP, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The City Arms, Coventry, 17/04/13. Clear bronze with a slender collar appearing pinkish. Aniseed, thistle sap, weak nutty malt nose. Lucozade and grenadine fruitiness; plastic and strawberries in Tupperware; nutty malt backdrop. Honeyed sweetness with a dab of tonic finish. Drinks like a fruity bitter. Alcohol slickness; puff of smoke. OK but no IPA and not as hoppy as the Shep’s New World.
zimbo (811) - SCOTLAND - APR 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at local Spoons.
Thick body, cloying with a good bitter roast nose with pine. Bit of a burr. Orange glow, golden sparkle to the eye. Drifting off white head. Strong.
Actually a bit flat, could have done with some card (did I just write that??) but still pretty nice.
Scopey (10041) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at The George, Croydon. It pours clear amber with medium yellow-white head. The nose is grapefruit, ripe strawberry, brown bread and wood. The taste is wood, resin, leather, assertive bitterness, pithy citrus, tangerine, grapefruit, jammy aspect and light spice with a dry, bitter finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Very nice bitterness indeed.
tombyars (1512) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - APR 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted this in the Salt Cot, Saltcoats (JDW) in April 2013. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear russet in colour with a thin creamy buff head. Strong notes of sweet candy floss in the intense aroma. Thin resiny mouthfeel and poor lacing. Mixed malts give a fruity base of sweet red grapes and pink grapefruit flavours. Very little in the way of hop flavours just a slight dusty tang noted in the short aftertaste. Finish is malty though with sweet golden syrup notes giving a boozy warmth in the throat, alongside a citrusy tang. Unusual for an IPA but I liked the quirkyness of it all. Reminded me of RCH Firebox!
JohnRMurdoch (3984) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - APR 12, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask @ The Counting House JDW. Amber-brown colour, decent head. Mild malty aroma. Malty grain flavour. Bitter aftertaste. A very average beer. Not really an IPA.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask conditioned handpump Eastgate Northampton 05/04/13 A reddish brown coloured beer with a white head and lace. A very hoppy tasty full bodied beer. The malt is on the sweet and jammy side and the hops are big and American bold. It’s really very nice.
BeerViking (3481) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy brown with mid-fine off-white head and perfumed tropical fruit aroma. Initially smooth texture and flavour breaks out into orange, honeyed malt and a sharp bitterness.
Martin243 (945) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1/2 at Wetherspoons in the Metrocentre. Golden with a tight white head that left lacing down the glass. Citrus and demerera aroma. Grapefruit and juicy apricot flavour, some plump raisins too. I have begun to get a bit cautious around new IPA’s, everyone seems to be putting one out, with varying degrees of success, and I’ve experienced a couple of dubious attempts recently, so I’m happy to give this fine example my seal of approval.