tiong (3781) - Espoo, FINLAND - FEB 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355ml bottle from Systembolaget
Pours dark orange with a small foamy head. Aroma has hints of hops and pine. Taste is bitter and hoppy. Medium body with a long lasting bitterness. Pretty good IPA.
rlgk (10847) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Amber/orange color, creamy lasting offwhite head. Fruity, hoppy andbready aroma. Hoppy, grassy, citrus flavor, grape fruit, metal and some apples. Bitter metal finish.
AlbertC (276) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is grass, hops and some malts. Taste is caramel malts, some pine, grass and tropical fruit hops. Big body.
Joakgust (894) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, 355ml - Clear amber beer with a yellow dark beige head. Aroma is fruity with notes of nuts, caramel, hops and tropical fruits. Flavor is malty with notes of caramel, grapefruit, pine and spices. Enjoyable, very much so. However it is rather unbalanced.
mugabe (258) - SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark copper, thin head. Hoppy nose of citrus and grass. Tastes of strawberry, more grass, some pineapple. Feels a tad watery but the nice, dry, lingering finish saves the day. Top notch!
gyllenbock (4716) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber with a medium white head. Aroma of pineapple, grapefruit and some malt. Quite bitter and sweet taste with fruit, some nuts and malt.
pilsnerrogge (2503) - Finspång, SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep amber colour with a thick head. Lychees and gooseberries on the nose. Flavour is very bitter and has notes of fresh sawdust, resin and pine.
mansquito (3416) - Nueva York, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Somewhere in Chicago: Pours a good copper color with an off-white head. Aroma of fruity hops and sweet malts. I wasn’t as annoyed by the supposed sweetness of this beer as other people were. For me it was a pretty standard, but very well made IPA, without verging into the territory of hop slaughter. I felt as though it had a good body and a pretty good balance of flavor, so while the sweetness was there, to me, it complimented the other flavors. Not all IPAs have to be brutal, bitter bombs.
SaintMatty (5315) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
355ml Bottle - Copper with a small head. Pine, toffee, grapefruit and nuts in the aroma. Rather bitter, hoppy and tangy taste with notes of grapefruit, biscuity malt and toffee. The bitterness seems to fade in the finish and replaced with a slight sweetness.
FatPhil (9362) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 20, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
355ml bottle (Pikkulintu, Helsinki, American Weeks 2011)
6 Very typical sweet fruity hops, and sweet biscuity malts.
4 Coppery, small head.
6 Sugar-dominated, but a decent bitterness too.
3+ Slick and sticky. Fortunately the hops hold out for a nice bitter finish.
12 Pretty OK US IPA, but suffering from the slick sugariness that pancake and syrup munchers on the other side of the pond seem to like.