Kestral (506) - Årnes, NORWAY - AUG 25, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle@Håndverkerstuene. Pours a clear, deep golden yellow with a finger of off white head, loads of bubbles racing to the surface. Aroma is filled with tropical fruits. Sweet citrus, more orange than lemon, apricots, passionfruit, ripe mango. It’s like smelling a mixed tropical fruit juice or canned fruits with a punch. No caramel or sugary sweetness to be found. Awesome. It’s definitely hop forward on the gontue as well, but a stable and unintrusive sweetness keeps the bitterness under control. Very fruity and harmonic. Drinkable and somehow unagressive. Long resinous bitter finish. Body is medium to light. Dry. Mellow but noticable carbonation. This is a solid, well crafted beer. It’s a hop bomb, but not cat piss, and not a sticky malt affair like a lot of DIPAs. Rock solid, if a bit safe.
KnutAlbert (5705) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small bottle from Vinmonopolet.
Lovely grass and pines, fat pine seed oil. Peppermint. A benchmark double IPA.
Elwood (2960) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from State Line Liquors.
Aroma: A big dose of resinous, piney hops greets you right up front. There are definitely some herbal notes in there but also a little wet dog and vegetal note. Let’s hope the taste features more of the hops.
Appearance: The color is a light orange with some gold and a small, foamy white head. The head settles down to a thin white sheet across the top.
Taste: There are lots of citric and herbal hops, but it is surprisingly neither overpowering or cloyingly sweet. The brewer actually used some restraint with the malt resulting in a brew that has surprisingly good balance. Expect the aforementioned hop notes along with a little almost bready malt. There is a slight pale malt sweetness that is quickly washed away by bitter hops.
Palate: The medium body is lighter than expected and definitely welcomed. Average but constant carbonation ensures there is some head all the way to the bottom of the glass. And of course the finish is bitter, but at a moderate pace.
Overall: Not over the top or dramatic, just plain good. Definitely worth seeking out.
Cletus (6322) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 22, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours copper with a tan head. Smells of citrus (sweet and bitter), some earthy elements, Tastes dry and citrussy with some astringency on the finish.
ClubGonzo (3437) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 22, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Vinmonopolet in Valkendorfsgate, Bergen. Pours a hazy pale orange with a thin, white top. Smell is grapefruit, kiwi, white currants and hints of grass. Taste is dry and crisp, with grapefruit, lime, cactus and grassy hops as main elements. Very sharp, and not at all as fruity as many American DIPAs tend to be. Bitter grapefruit/grassy hop finish that starts early and lasts for quite a while. This is perhaps a bit too dry and citrus-like for my liking, but nevertheless Southern Tier is once again being creative and I got to give props for that.
Lubiere (9299) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A golden blonde IPA with a thick creamy off white head. In aroma, beautiful mentholed hops attacks, pinhey and intense. In mouth, a smooth and crisp malt with nice oily and floral hops, quite nice and a bit subdued, but well done Impy IPA. On tap at MacGregors, July 31 2010.
Kinz (3157) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pale orange, decent head. Aroma is citric hops and some sweet caramel accented malts. I should mention this was quite clear. Flavor matched the aroma, not the hop blast I was expecting, but more balanced. Grapefruit and a hint of pine. Fair amount of gummy malts. Their IPA actually strikes me as being hoppier. Nice enough though.
pineypower (2356) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - AUG 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours out a nice, well carbonated light copper color with a small, slightly off white head. Aroma is of citrus(mostly grapefruit) and pine hops, with a tough of some sweet malt notes and a little alcohol. Taste is citrus, grapefruit and light pine hops, some mild malt sweetness, light grain and a tiny touch of alcohol, but overall its well hidden. Rather solid.
Enjoyit (3081) - Vadum, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden of color with a white head. An aroma of pines, honey, hops, sweets and malty. A flavor of hops, grapefruit, hops, pines, honey and malty. Very lovely beer!!
stonelis (38) - Kutztown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a hazy golden color. Small white head. Light bodied, unusual for a double IPA, not as much hop character as a double IPA. Citrus, light pine. You would never guess this to be almost 8.5 percent. This is a very drinkable beer. Not your typical DOUBLE IPA but still very good.