KyotoLefty (8492) - 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 (10310) - 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 (16045) - 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. Itís full.bodied and with a pleasant carbonation level, quite dry the palate. Thereís 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 (487) - 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 Smithís 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 (1132) - 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 thereís a little vinous character in there, but I canít really pin it down. Something a little more adventurous would have been nice.) Recommended. (16/20)
joejames (412) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber bottle to shaker glass, pours hazy amber orange, two plus finger frothy off white head. Moderate lacing but awesome to the bottom of the glass retention. Aroma is floral with lemon zest and pine. Taste is moderately bitter with a touch of malt sweetness that balanced nicely. Medium body, lively carbonation, creamy mouth feel. Finishes moderately bitter. Tasting notes of wild flowers, spruce, lemon zest, plum, caramel and herbs. This IPA is complex and well done, I love it!
andrewje41 (2047) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAY 26, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Itís refreshing to see a fresh hop this time of year, especially when I forget that New Zealand is in their prime hop season. Iíve loved this series for a long time, and Iím really suprised I never rated this one. Bright orange copper draft pint pour at the hop and hound. Big sticky fi head and lace. Wonderful fresh hops aroma. Flavor is mildly sweet, with a bready side, and very nice hop character. Really is an awesome IPA here. Love it.
bnoel09 (565) - Elk Grove, California, USA - MAY 25, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2015 bottle poured into a shaker glass. Dark amber with a light tan head. Aroma is biscuity malt with some fresh floral and citrusy hop aroma. Flavor starts with some nice, thick, bready malt notes followed by some peppery hop flavor and some nice citrus flavors as well. Medium bodied with mild astringency. Overall a milder IPA but very nicely balanced.
Koskela (409) - Marysville, California, USA - MAY 23, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice floral hop aroma with slight malt and sweetness comes from this clear deep copper brew. It's medium to full body sweet and hippyish. The aftertaste is bitterish. Well rounded brew. Not a bad brew.