GoufCustom (845) - HONG KONG - AUG 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
710 ml (1 pint 8 oz) bottle bought at CitySuper in Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui.
Looks: Translucent amber honey with no yeast sediments; One-quater finger head and off-white foam which fades in 20 seconds; Very good sticky lacing with near zero carbonation.
Aroma: Fragrant and sweet Ale malt, with floral, honey, marmalade, light fresh pineapple, assorted tropical fruits, light pine, molasses, and grass.
Taste: Medium sweet Ale malt, with solid lemon zest, strong molasses, strong sharp pine, light earth, spices, light yeast, biscuits, lemon, strong lime, strong bitter hops and sharp grass.
Body: Medium body, slick palate.
Mouth Feel: Nicely bodied, quite rich Ale malt with slightly roasty undertone. Sweetness is full-on molasses, nicely balanced by fresh hoppy taste include smart lemon zest, sharp pine, earthy spice and lime. Strong but mellow, never bombastic like most hopped-up IPAs. Very nice!
Hoppiness: Nice neat marmalade and light fresh-cut pineapple, honey, floral and light pine in nose. Zesty citrus, sharp pine and earthy spice in taste; Bitterness from Southern Cross deserves special mention for being strong AND dynamic - mellowing texture in the tongue without being overwhelming like most IPAs or German Pils - for a long lasting, strong astringent malty finish. What a beauty!
After Taste: Fairly dry, very hoppy and refreshing to mouth.
Comments: You know with SN, a craft brand being so innovative with the hops, whatever beers you see at first sight you have to grab them, and this is one of those: nice colour, good malt base, and the use of NZ hops like Pacifica and Motueka are almost magic - strong yet mellow, light touch but dynamic leaving a lasting impression to the senses - in this topsy-turvy world of strong IPAs, this is a breath of fresh air to someone like me who is lukewarm to the style. Strongly recommended!
fiammanghilla (627) - Genova, ITALY - AUG 30, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottiglia 71cl, ordinata su birraland e bevuta a casa.
Ambrata con splendida schiuma avorio.
Corpo importante, amara, luppolatura resinosa, finale eterno amaro.
Rosslew (221) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoy the resin and pine from the first smell. Fruit comes through on taste with sweet orange. Smooth mouthfeel. Bit of bitter on finish. Sweet IPA with great NZ hops. 710ml. 6.7%. 3.6 std drinks.
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rayaron (218) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - AUG 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer & Beyond, Tel Aviv. Clear golden-orange with low beige head. Hoppy aroma, notes of onion, light malty sweetness, notes of toffee. Flavor is very greenish, hoppy, heavy bitterness, herbs, grassy. Dry, light carbonation. Medium body. Excellent.
garthicus (2700) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Ruby red, thick white head. Aroma: Copper, hoppy, vanilla, leafy, a little perfume. Flavour: Resin, tangy pine sap, caramel, pine cones, long bitter finish. Hops are a little flat; however I think the bottle is a couple of months old. Still, it’s very good.
tmzl (89) - SLOVENIA - AUG 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Look: Pours with large, sticky, off-white head (brownish hue). Has a slow, sticky retention, leaves lots of random sticky lacing and yes, a sticky layer stays on top for the whole ride. Fair amount of carbonation, clear, amber (rich, a bit darker) colour.
Smell: Has a strong, good malt backbone, lots of caramel, biscuit medium sweetness. Hops are more nobelish, some hay, straw, earthy and floral. Also a mineral character. Smell is quite subtle, but suiting.
Taste: Strong floral start with hints of citrus. The floral party really kicks in here, very interesting. Combined with malts adds this floral honey effect + some caramel and biscuit. The middle malt backbone is still strong and had a good presence, medium sweetness. Ends with smooth medium bitterness, here the pine and resin character of the hops steps out. Pine and hay with nice lingering floral sweetness stay for a while in after taste. They are a bit sharper here.
Mouthfeel: Fresh, lively carbonation, medium body. Suiting.
Overall: Smell starts a bit weak, but everything is in line and nothing off. The taste is where things get more interesting, strong floral start with pine finish and strong malt backbone to connect them. Another solid crafted beer from SN.
solidfunk (4174) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Some citrus hops and a light tinge of rust. Pours amber with good head and lacing. Finishes light bitter and sour. Some mash malt. Talk at Churchkey.
ohwee (1) - - AUG 19, 2014 does not count
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fresh is an understatement.
Very refreshing change from the more brutal ipas I’ve been drinking.
Seems to have just the right amounts of hoppiness, floral and citrus flavours and a good length of bitterness.
Cant emphasise the FRESH in these hops enough!
HippieFee (63) - - AUG 16, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft - Amber color. Dry hop flavor, slight alcohol aftertaste. Not a typical IPA with the New Zealand hops so that is why I am surprised with the alcohol taste to it. I was expecting more of a bit from the hops.
BenOver (98) - SLOVENIA - AUG 15, 2014
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours dark golden with moderate head. Smell is gentle, resembles citrus. Taste is extremely well balanced, with a gentle hoppy aftertaste that slowly evolves. Excellent beer!