mjs (6292) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2012 (Re-rate, a quite fresh can at Pikkulintu, 20120331) The harshness I mentioned below is missing and the beer is well balanced. Aftertaste is long lasting with nice hoppy flavours.
(Bottle, 0.355 l - BBE 2011-08-31, at Pikkulintu) The beer poured amber and clear. Its head was medium sized, white and it disappeared quickly. Aroma had hops, pine, fruitiness and malts. Palate was medium bodied and dry with medium carbonation. Flavours were hops, fruitiness, pine, sweetness, malts, citricness and bitterness. Aftertaste was hoppy and bitter. A bit harsh beer but still good.
JJHops (4) - SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2011 does not count
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle from systembolaget 2011-02-16.
Served in a snifter.
Aroma: Light malt,
Appearance: Hazy amber, medium bubbly head.
Taste: Medium bitter.
Palate: Medium body, sticky mouthfeel. Long, bitter finish.
Koyo (251) - SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. Aroma is rich with bread and pine, some citrus notes. Appearance is a dark amber with a thick white foam. Taste is bitter, very bitter, and some mild sweetness somewhere in the background. The carbonation is soft but with a full body. I really enjoyed this beer and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a really bitter and hoppy IPA.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 14, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours out in a shady amber colour with a small creamy off-white head. Rather sweet and sticky resinous aroma with sweetish fruity notes of red grapefruit, red oranges and apricots. Medium-bodied with thick plastic resinous notes of grapefruit and red orange juice. Quite sticky yet bitter finish of grapefruit and red oranges. Not a favorite of mine. Simply too sticky and oily with a dead palate.
jandd1983 (3735) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear copper pour with a nice white head. Beer looks great. Mostly hops on the tongue with a lasting bitterness. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Nicely done. Not a bad brew.
jgb9348 (5551) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great super hazy copper coloured body with a dense, long-lasting off-white head that leaves a decent lace. TONS of aroma of cascade and high a.a. hops, a lot of resiny sweetness and a bitter dose of grapefruit and pine - definitely mouthwatering as soon as you open the can! Medium-bodied; Strong assertive hoppy flavour at first with a good citrus and grapefruit finish to the hops with a rather thin and unbalanced malt backbone - not much malt presence in relationship to the hops. Aftertaste focuses completely on the hop bitterness - which is nice in my book, so lingering alcohol or depth/body to the beer, just hops and more hops. Overall, a very nicely done IPA that is structured more for folks who just want the hops and not so much malt and body - this is kind of a reverse Imperial IPA, focusing on the hops and leaving a lightish mouthfeel. I sampled this twelve ounce can (love it) purchased at Colorado Liquor Mart in Denver, Colorado on 14-February-2010, sampled at home in Washington almost a year later on 11-February-2011.
onceblind (6909) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2011
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hazy hazy deep orange, with a fading ivory head. Very bitter aroma; heavy grapefruit and floral hops, with a background of grass. Its a bitter smelling bouquet of hops! A huge foreshadowing of the taste to come. Taste is very crisp and bitter. Big bitterness, somewhat complex hop profile. But not without some strong malt backup--Im getting some toffee and earty bread combined. But itís really not as assertive as the hops. Itís a big imbalanced bitter hop-slam. I can see how some people would enjoy this thing, but itís not for me.
yngwie (16423) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can, at Patricks. A clear dark amber beer with a small, off-white head. Piney, slightly citrus-peel like aroma with a malty slightly caramel back. Mostly hoppy aroma, pine cones, some citrus and a healthy dose of bitterness. Malty base, a bit too sweet. Full body, nice carbonation level. Sweet finish with, luckily, a solid dose of bitterness. A nice one, but slightly sweeter than I prefer. 110205
Marsiblursi (3076) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Can) Pours clear amber with an off-white head. The aroma is piny and citric up front alongside more friendly notes of white flowers and black currant. Dry, mild toasted malt, almost cracker-like. The flavor is light sweet, medium bitter and tiny acidic. Very well balanced. Citrus, pine, flowers and toast. The mouthfeel is soft and clean. Pine and resin lingers.
StefanSD (2336) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz can courtesy of Dak. Pours a lightly hazy copper color with a sudsy off-white head that has good retention and ample lacing. The aroma is strong with pine resins and grapefruit. The flavor is similar to the aroma with grapefruit and pine set in a caramel malt base. The palate seems just a bit off, and tha carbonation is lively. The finish is short and dry. Overall: A very tasty IPA.