RichTheVillan (1949) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can at JDW Briar Rose; Hazy copper pour with big billowing off white head, grapefruit aroma, tropical hop taste, satsuma, grapefruit and pine, touch of caramel. Well done JDW for procuring these
jjsint (427) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can at Bankers Draft (JDW), Bedford. Pours amber with a decent white head. Hazy. Aroma of forest wood, tropical fruit. Subtle but not faint. A bit of ammonia (like a cat peed on the can). But that’s cool. Taste hearks back to the day when ’the bitterest = the best’ for Ameican IPAs. But this bitterness is tempered with a more rounded finish - wait, no, that was a false ending. Finish is actually quite bitter. Alcohol nicely hidden - until it isn’t. An imperfect IPA but still a hood ’un.
evergreen0199 (1752) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can at William Jolle (W’Spoons), Northwood Hills. A hazy golden/orange coloured pour with a medium white head on top. Hoppy, grapefruit, butterscotch aroma. Tastes hoppy, grapefruit, pine, malty, some butterscotch and bitterness. Good stuff and so good to see a real US brewed IPA in a Wetherspoon. I’ll be drinking quite a bit more of this in the coming weeks I’m sure.
cgarvieuk (12785) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber... Thin white head... Soft floral orange... Light fizz... Dry zezty peachy fruit... Juicy hop.. Soft easy
imdownthepub (9449) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can, 355ml at a Wetherspoons. Hazy orange amber with white head. Big, dry and bitter beer, plenty of oily hops becoming fairly astringent, there is a tannin bitterness moving toward a chemical hint. Really quite decent and good to see it in a local pub.
maekchu (1698) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 3, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can from Five Points Bottle Shop (Atl Hwy). Huge nose, with a resiny mix of pine and citrus and tropical fruit. Bright glowing amber color. Great balance in initial -- the malt is not heavy and the hopping layers over it / moderate and smooth and slightly chewy bittering dominates the mid / balanced again at finish. The caramel backbone is tight yet supple. Not a hipster-hoppy IPA but also not really an English-style one either. They’ve put their own mark on this one. Nice bit of Wm. Blake on the label, too.
s_hartshorne (476) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can six chimneys Wakefield jdw food and drink festival starts 05 03 14. Hazy orange amber colour decent white head + lacing. Aroma is tropical fruits. Taste is good tropical hops but also a good malty backbone well balanced not just hoppy like many American ipas nice bitter finish. Medium body good mouthfeel prickly carbonated. Really good.
maneliquor (2729) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big ass can from Mane Liquor. Straight from it. Dad got a little. Very lucky I’d say. Fuckin good stuff this. Wasn’t really expecting a great deal but this delivers nicely. Massive mandarin and citric focus. Almost like an orange juice of IPA’s. Very nicely done. Goes down a treat
rauchbier (3553) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can, courtesy of JD Wetherspoon. Hazy orange gold, fluffy but shortlived off white head and gentle condition. Slightly fruity in the nose with a pleasant citrus and hop resin note, in the mouth the hops give a solid chalky bitterness that threatens to get excessive but never does, theres a restrained sweet grapefruit citrus note and a fruity maltiness. In the finish there is an initial citrus fruitiness that develops into a lingering but restrained chalky bitterness.
Unm4rk3d (60) - Bowen Hills, AUSTRALIA - FEB 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From The great wall of beer - belair. Light caramel aroma, a cloudy amber appearance. Has a nice light bitter after taste.