seymour (1800) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - OCT 15, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from cool painted brown glass bottle into Spieglau IPA glass, a light orange amber colour, slight chill haze and suspended hop matter, with sudsy long-lasting white foam, lots of lace. Sturdy caramel-sweet maltbill holding up EXTREME hoppiness, truly one of the most intensely hoppy IPAs I’ve ever tasted, even considering my own insane homebrew experiments. Quite a remarkable feat, so I can understand why they insist you drink it super fresh. Grapefruit, mango, peach, papaya, grassy, weedy, herbal, vegetal, basil, anise, black pepper, coriander, sawdust, earth, hot tomato garden, curry seasoning, foxy wine grapes, faint musk. Bewideringly complex. Severely bitter without becoming unpleasant. 13 different pungent hop varieties, added to the mash, early and late boil, whirlpool, and copious dry-hopping. The very definition of a hop bomb. At 9.4% abv, it is undeniably boozy, too much so for my taste, but (a) the alcoholic solvent aspect produces an interesting perfume effect, and (b) the beer is so unique and delicious in every other way, I can’t really fault it. I think this is my first time tasting Delta and Helga hops. Of course it’s impossible to parse out individual varietal contributions in a nuclear explosion like this, but it’s still my nerdy fun fact for the day. Well-crafted, unique and audacious.
neongolden (1012) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(650ml 10-31-15 bottle @ VilleValla Pub, Linköping, Oct 13 2015) Pours clear pale amber colour with a large loose white head and lace. Aroma is a big fresh fruity hop punch with guava, pineapple, passion fruit, orange, fresh grass with a little pine and grapefruit, layered over a light caramel core with a hint of bread. Flavour follows the nose, juicy with lots of guava, some pineapple, orange, citrus zest, mango, leafy hop resins, light caramel. Lovely layering of hop aromatics. Finish is moderately bitter, light for style and very fruity still with grassy, citrus pith components. Meidum body with average carb and no alcohol heat. Lovely fruity juicy DIPA, not one-note but rather lots of nice flavours blended together. Easy to drink, delicious.
ansalon (2217) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Brewdog Bar Stockholm, Enjoy By 10.31.15. Pours a clear medium amber with a medium white head. Aromas of grapefruit, pine, mango, peach, resin, citrus. Taste is citrus, grapefruit, resin, peach, pine, mango. Mouthfeel is somewhat lively and medium bodied with medium carbonation. Great!
Quick3Beers (635) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 9, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
"Enjoy By 10-31-15" Pours a brilliant gold from a bottle. Aroma of floral and citrusy hops, similar flavor. A pretty bland deScription for a beer that’s anything but.
RafeAU (629) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 9, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2015 Bottle in LA. Enjoy By 10.31.15. Enjoyed on 10.8.15 bottled on 9.27.15 Massive, massive tropical fruit and citrus hop aroma. Some alcohol sweetness, finishes clean and smooth bitterness. Amongst the best imperial IPA I?ve had. An ode to hops. [later had enjoy by 12.25.2015 on tap two days after it was released - just as good!]
monk191 (1549) - California, USA - OCT 8, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very nice well balanced IPA. Pours a clear orange with a white head. Smells amazing, of tropical fruit, mango, citrus. Taste is hoppy upfront, balanced with more mango and citrus, finishes lightly bitter. Had on tap at HopMonk.
VsXsV (3647) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 7, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught. Clear light amber liquid with medium off-white head. Aroma of citrus, pine, tangerine, mango, caramel, bread and marmalade. Taste is very light sweet and medium bitter with notes of mango, tangerine, lemon peel, citrus and light caramel. Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Really drinkable for the ABV. Super good and hoppy! Love it.
hackobock (2782) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
October 7, 2015. On tap at Brewdog Kungsholmen, Enjoy by October 31, 2015.
Clear pale amber with a small white head. Aroma is pine, resin, toffee, grapefruit, orange zest and hints of pineapple.
Taste is medium sweet with medium bitterness.
Finish is sweet with toffee, resin, ripe fruits, hints of alcohol and a lasting dry grassy and piney bitterness. Medium bodied, oily texture, average carbonation.
Nice imperial IPA, a bit more pine and toffee forward than I prefer but still very good.
Malin_aiisa (473) - SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
at sbwf 2015
amber, white head
aroma of hops, peach
taste old orange, fizzy and bitter
finol (2727) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fresh citrus aroma.
Fresh but bitter taste of grapefruit with some butterscotch.