DruncanVeasey (6642) - NUNEATON, Conference Premier, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Can, Beer Gonzo, Coventry. Red amber piled with fine white. Odd greasy sweet aroma like a chipshop battered sausage dunked in honey and tinned peach syrup. Full, slick, honeyed with floral peach sweetness and Lockets bitterness dominating. Imbalanced; all over the shop, not nice tasting. Chemical bitter linger. No thanks.
Garrold (369) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml can from Bier Huis, Ossett. Hazy amber with a thin but lasting head. Aromas of ripe banana and toffee. Sweet initial taste, followed by a bitterness that kicks in what seems like days later. Lovely.
Beese (675) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Tilleys, Newcastle on 27 July 2013.
Poured a clear amber with a dense, foamy white head. Strong hop resin aroma with some spicy notes. Powerful grapefruit hop burst straight up, but wonderful balance of sweet juicy fruit flavours. Nice residual, lingering bitterness with a malt grain backbone. Very nice.
jamestulloch (844) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 21, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma: Nuts and caramel. Smells quite boozy.
Appearance: Clear mahogany body with a thick off-white head. Very lively carbonation. Great lacing.
Taste: Too harsh and boozy. Flavours of pine, sweet malt and nuts. Hint of lime.
Palate: Medium body with a syrupy mouthfeel. Soft carbonation fizz.
Overall: A sweet, sickly IPA. Disappointing.
downender (5663) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can from Corks of Cotham, Bristol. Reddish amber with a tight, off-white head and plenty of carbonation. Sweetish aroma of caramel, citrus hops and slightly spicy malts. Full mouth-feel, with solid, earthy grains, more fruity sweetness and a lingering dry finish that puckered the mouth. Enjoyable.
rockonbeerblog (14) - DENMARK - AUG 13, 2013
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had on draft, a very good IPA. Nice spicy hops taste mixed with a good mouthful of malt character. Welcome break from big citrusy IPAs.
AKDB (3) - Stafford, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2013 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
floral, amber, fizzy,
Another Euston Tap find, again from a brewery I was unfamiliar with and again itís a fantastic beer. A real beer-lovers beer, if that isnít a disingenuous thing to say. Definitely worth tracking down. Super hops.
sloth (2341) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2013 Medium sized tan head with fair retention and good lacing. Dark, orange, copper color. Faint nose of pine, earth and some caramel malts. Body is medium with a soft carbonation and a hint of astringency. Fairly sweet malts and a goodly amount of butter scotch. Light piny hops, grass, caramel. Finish is more astringent than bitter with the butter scotch really gettin in the way.Can from statelineliquors.
garthicus (2483) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Golden orange, medium thickness white head. Aroma: Caramel, pine hops, quite muted, orange peel too. Flavour: quite bitterly hopped, nice and piney, lots of orange peel, tangy, really surprising due the muted aroma. Long lingering pine finish. Lovely.
pinkie (322) - New York, USA - JUL 31, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark copper orange amber. I thought the color especially dark. I couldnít really make up my mind if I thought it was clear and itís close enough. Has a beige head of terrific soft foam that fell slowly and left really great lace.
Nose is faint. Light pine. Not much brightness or fruit to speak of. No real tropical notes, but some orange and lemon. Mostly herbal and floral. I would like to know which kind of hops were used. They are earthly and not too sharp at all. Not what I was expecting. The malt is caramel malt but nondescript. It does get a little sugary sweet as it warms. There is a strange kind of spice on the nose that I would not have thought odd in a pils but that I do think is odd in an IPA. It has a vegetable quality.
Taste is lackluster. The muddled citrus on that bland malt. It left a good bitter on the mid palate but it finished dry and with lots of oil and pine. It has a strange sweet quality to it that I am sure is due to the type of hops used. That pilsner type spice is no compliment to what I am expecting in the way of an ipa. A good strong bit of alcohol has crept into the nose and onto the palate. The hops remain steadfast at floral only, earthy only and without any fruit to tempt or tantalize.
This was at best a fair IPA. I would not attribute all itís imbalance or flaws to the type of hops used although I am pretty sure that might be a factor. The nose improves substantially as it warms and wouldnít you know itís east kent goldings and bravo hops. I will say that it drank better as it warmed. In fact after I read what kind of hops were used I adjusted my opinion. Hmmmm.