Nephilium (1682) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2007 This is a wonderful beer. It starts out with an aroma of hops with a hint of spice. After pouring it, you get a dark amber ale, with minor cloudiness. The taste is of a good IPA balanced with some traditional winter spice. This is definitively one that I am recommending to those I know. I have also cellered several bottles of it to see how it turns out. When I try those, I will update this rating.
[Update - 6 month old bottle]
Hops still present in the beer, but a toasty smell of malts is now the main note in the aroma. Pours out amber with a large off white head that grows quickly, then fades to a craggy head. The flavor is still has a strong citrus hop presence, but the malts are starting to come out and play, with tastes of caramel. I’ll keep updating this as I open more as time goes on.
(Update - 1 Year old bottle) Not much hops left in the aroma. More of a toasty aroma, with just a touch of caramel lingering behind. Still pours with a giant head that fades to a craggy off-white head. Hop bitterness has almost entirely faded out, and gone over to a more malt flavor. Predominant flavors being toast and caramel. Tastes more like an Oktoberfest then an IPA at this point.
aleksander9 (1343) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 7, 2016
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep red with bubbly white head. Citrus, caramel and burnt sugar. Sweet, harsh tea and green finish. Overall: nope. Where’s the hops?
IPAgutten79 (913) - Skui, NORWAY - AUG 5, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mørk gylden med høyt hvitt skum. Aroma av humle og karamell. Smaker søt, så en vag bitterhet. Bær av noe slag? Medium konsistens.
nilsas (3329) - Bryne, NORWAY - JUL 29, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lukt: Citrus og karamell.
Utseende: Honning farge.
Skum/kullsyre: Dekkende skum.
Smak: Citrus og karamell.
Hvor: Kjøpt@VP Kvadrat, Nydt@Tasting kveld hos Untapd Jostein med Bryne.
Medium: Flaske@330ml, ABV@6,8%, Når@28.07.2016
Drukket Som Alias@Sierra Nevada Celebration Fresh Hop IPA
Arve_Christian (4771) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 26, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On bottle from Vimonopolet Norway. Deep golden color, slightly hazy with good foam. Medium/high
Aroma intensity; hops, caramel, malt and some fruitiness . Medium body & complexity. Some immediate sweetness,
Ok bitterness - ends up a little
Bit too sweet. Very enjoyable
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
AnG_BrgNor (484) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 23, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2016 Bottle. Hazy dark amber with nice lasting head. Aroma is caramalt, pine, floral and malt. Taste is much like the aroma but the malty parts stands out. For beeing a malty ipa I think its very good.
OminouSC2 (426) - SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark orange color. Sweet caramel aromas, fruits and alcohol, some hops. Sweet bread taste, caramel, sugar and pine hops.
ABS (883) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 10, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Vinmonopolet’s BU. 2015 version, in other words, way too old... Pours close to clear copper. Medium sized, slightly orange head. Malt, orange and some metallic nose. Malt, herbs, some grapefruit, resin and pine flavour. Bitter. Medium, oily body, soft carbonation. Sadly, too old.
Florya (1703) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 10, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
How : bottle Appearance : almost clear dark golden with a small white head. Aroma : caramel, dried fruits, citrus, spice, wood, spice, pine and grass. Palate : medium body, average carbonation.
artemb (631) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - JUN 26, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: caramel, pine, some red berries.
Taste: moderate sweet and below moderate bitterness.
Flavour: candied fruits, hops, caramel.
Salwal (325) - GERMANY - JUN 16, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured into nosing glass, pours amber with thick white head. Nose is mango, Passion fruit typical westcoast style IPA lots of fruityness. Taste is intense bitter fruity slightly alcoholic. Finish is light fruity astringent with grassy subnotes... Good one!