SilkTork (5179) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, - MAR 16, 2013
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml dark bottle from Morrisons. Attractive retro label for the current fashion of reviving old recipes - particularly IPA recipes. This is a spanking good beer. The malt is cleaner than one would expect from a retro recipe - but I think Sheps are using their marketing wisdom to simply put a spin on a modern beer. I have no doubt they consulted an old recipe, but they used modern ingredients, modern technology, and modern thinking to adjust the recipe. The malt is clean and toffee flavoured, the hops are brisk and tidy, and the yeast is non-existent. There’s no character here. There’s generous hops and malt, combined in a straight forward traditional manner that has been popular now for over ten years. So this both old fashioned and very modern. And tastes more modern than old fashioned. There’s not much of interest, and there’s certainly no character. But it’s a good, drinkable beer. And there’s nowt wrong with that.
CH-303 (1369) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JUL 28, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Appearance: Redish, amber brown. Crystal clear. Some off-white head.
Aroma: Hops and some malt, nutty.
Taste: Malt and nutty, good amount of hops. Bitter aftertaste.
Bought: Drinks of the World (Basel), 500 ml, CHF 4.50
Info: 25/7-2014, 55/300M, BB: 31/5-2015
kalervo (675) - FINLAND - JUL 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nummenrannassa. Good beer, not quite light I have used to know IPA to be, of course this is not supposed to be like that either.
gowdy (722) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - JUL 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home from Morrisons. Some head, but not too much. A medium brown colour. Perhaps a little haze.
mikkopen (819) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUL 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle. Clear coppery colour, thin off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt, swetish fruits, nuts and floral hops. The flavour is caramel-malty, with notes of wood and fruits, and a moderately bitter hoppy finish. Not bad.
POLK (2155) - Hørning, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Easy drinkable (I) pale ale. Thin nut ale. Fon taste but too thin, lacking thickness.
s_hartshorne (1080) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle asda. Copper colour slight head. Aroma is caramel malts taste is same some spicy hops ok bitterness. Medium body. Ok stuff
mtu71 (38) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUL 18, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Short ivory head, some lace, clear amber. Fresh spicy aroma. Caramel, toasty, highly hopped. Crispy, juicy, watery palate. Nice IPA.
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lusikka (6043) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 18, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml bottle. Pours an amber colour with a white head. Aroma of malts, rich nutty notes and caramel. Flavour of malts, bread, nuttiness, harsh grassy bitterness, mild but unpleasant metallic notes and caramel sweetness. Some mild floral notes. Medium bodied and a dry malty finish. Too English for me.
Migmar (245) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUL 16, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber, thin head. Caramel, citrus, nuts. Medium sweetness, medium-heavy bitterness. Rather one-sided, yet smooth and enjoyable. Not really similar to beers I have grown to known as IPAs, but maybe it’s really closer to the original historic ones, as the brewery claims. Definitely very recognizably English.
Sissio (541) - Orsenigo, ITALY - JUL 15, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear copper, cream head
Light caramel, malts, hint of orange peel, resin
Malts, cereals, Not totally pleasent bitterness and bitter aftertaste