mrhopsbeertalk (228) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 2, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Weak at best... I’ve had this before and it’s been much better. This years version is soft and malty. The aroma is vague, lemony but mostly dirty dishwater. The flavor is also vague, harsh and lacks any hop notes or bitterness
Aggiebob (337) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JUN 26, 2015
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Copper coloring with a white head. The lacing is nice. Bitterness level is medium.
Aquilo (591) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one is a mixed bag. Clear dark amber with a thick head and lovely lace. Aroma is floral shampoo. It smells nice, but I don’t want to put it in my mouth. Flavor is dry and mild, just a little bit bitter. Medicinal aftertaste. Kinda weird, but not horrible.
Homer321 (2851) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2015
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Nose is moderate lemon with a light tropical note. Faint malt sweetness, honey. Very clear pale orange. Taste is moderately tropical and immediately falls flat in the malt. Almost watery. Very thin. Too the point of being detrimental to the hops. Low bitterness. Overall the aroma kills but needs a bit more in the mouthfeel and hop flavor.
KyotoLefty (7878) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 21, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Medium to dark brown. Grassy, piny nose, earthy hops, some grapefruit. Rich malt, a touch of caramel. Interesting and very drinkable beer. Did not blow me away with the NW-like hops I expected. Instead, more balanced, earthy show. Nice.
Meilby (9762) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 19, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 710ml @ Hotel room, Comfort Inn Downtown, Washington, DC
Pours hazy amber with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, citrus, pine, floral and grass. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter with a long slightly dry, malty, caramel, citrus and floral finish. Body is medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.
yngwie (15566) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 19, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, 24oz. An unclear, amber colored beer topped by a dense, finger-thick light beige head. The aroma is grassy and quite piney. Some flower notes and resins. Not much malts, but some nutty hints are present. It’s full.bodied and with a pleasant carbonation level, quite dry the palate. There’s a decent bitterness going on, but the levels of hop flavors are in my opinion too low. A nutty, biscuity maltyness provides the backdrop. Some metallic hints in the very end. A tasteful and easy drinkable beer, but as an IPA I think it fails. 150619
Maddog (463) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the NC brewery. Pours a clear dark Amber with aromas of malt and mild floral hops. A good beer, but Southern Hemisphere hops are not my favorite. Fruity, mild with some floral spiciness in the finish. Refreshing and fresh.
High_in_NM (25) - Los Alamos NM, New Mexico, USA - JUN 10, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler from local Smith’s served at room temperature. Copper pour with giant off-white head but only moderate carbonation. Hop aroma was not nearly as strong as I was expecting. Taste is standard middle of the road IPA body and bitterness - nothing special. Not bad, but I expected much more from this one.
UXO (871) - CANADA - JUN 6, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear pale amber with three fingers of pillowy off-white head, excellent retention and lacing. (5/5) Nose is citrus, pine, floral, caramel malt. (7/10) Taste is mild to moderate sweet, moderate bitter, mild peppery spice. (8/10) Medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry lingering bitter and slightly spicy finish. (4/5)
Now that is a heckuva sessionable IPA - a decently dry finish and a well-integrated moderately strong ABV make this a beer you can quite enjoy having a couple of, while the flavours are sufficiently bright and complex to keep you interested. Both the body and the sweetness are perfectly suited to support the hop-forward character without detracting from it, making the beer a decent showcase for NZ hops. (I keep wanting to think there’s a little vinous character in there, but I can’t really pin it down. Something a little more adventurous would have been nice.) Recommended. (16/20)