Frax (51) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 7, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Shaw’s. Pours a clear yellow with thin foam, lively carbonation. Crisp and light with a hop burst on the finish. Lingering pine notes. Really good session.
sm89walt (1902) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 6, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle from Beer Cartel, Sydney. A clear golden amber with a small and somewhat lasting, somewhat lacing white head. Really fresh and vibrant aromas of mango, peach, pineapple and tangerine. Similar to taste but with more resinous, piney, grapefruity bitterness. Light to medium body but full flavoured for the weight and ABV. Medium carbonation prickles the tongue. Medium to full intensity and length bitterness to finish. Very good. Could drink plenty.
DavidAust (169) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 3, 2016
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
355ml bottle. Enjoy by 13 July 2016. Stemmed glass.
Wow, after assaulting the nose, this beer grabs the tongue with two full hands of hops and then hangs on, long after the liquid has hit the gullet. Aroma clearly of tropical fruits and pine. Pineapple, mango, and piney. Golden to pale yellow. My beer was exceptionally frothy. Flavour was all upfront hops and then lingering bitterness. Then you realise it tastes just like grapefruit. Now don’t let that put you off, as I don’t like grapefruit, but his is amazing. It has all the tang and bitterness of a grapefruit, but somehow manages to still be nice. It’s like there is a hint of another citrus fruit that just saves it from being too tart. So this beer is light on sweetness, big on bitterness with a finish on sour and a hint of salty at the end.
I’m a malt guy, but this is a Wow beer. Too big for larger lovers, but if you are after a hop hit - this is right up there.
The beer is also 4.5% but comes across bigger and slightly alcohol hot.
Just way too expensive by the time it gets to Australia. $7 a bottle or $30 for a full six pack.
bartlebier (3208) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - MAR 2, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Braukunst Live 2016 - FR4, the all-draught Stone Berlin stand manned by staffers doubled up in a helix of deep Cali-Berlin relaxation. Looking forward to seeing that spirit canned on the continent. - Expressive nose of tangerine peel and juicier lime, quite inviting for otherwise austere Stone. Herbal and dry, melissa and nettle in flavour joining the restrained juiciness, making for a more inviting and actually sessionable drinking experience than many of their forbidding pine bombs. State of the art hop engineering for the people, not just the saturated geeks.
chupachups01 (38) - Seoul, SOUTH KOREA - MAR 2, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured bottle into Teku. Solid aroma, in your face resin, floral, your Stone hops. Appearance is slightly hazy golden yellow with a sustaining white head. The flavors disappoint compared to the aroma but that’s true to the style with most session IPAs weak on flavors. Overall a very well made session.
jfb (5274) - Freising, GERMANY - MAR 1, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(draught) slightly hazy golden colour with a frothy white head. aroma of green grapes and sticky hop resin, with some notes of lemonade, mild sauerkraut and cactus juice. flavour is mostly herbal hops, nettles and hay, rather simple, with a touch of lavender and a light-bitter medium-dry finish. light- to medium-bodied with average carbonation.
eduardovl (1283) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 27, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle served in a pint glass. Pours a clear pale yellow color forming a medium light white head with lots of lingering soapy lacings left in the glass. Nose is very fruity with notes of passion fruit, grapefruit and watermelon. Orange and zest. Pale malts. Taste follows the nose: passion fruit, grapefruit and watermelon. Slightly sweet upfront becoming quickly dry and bitter. Pale malts. Light body. Good carbonation. Grassy bitter aftertaste. Strong notes of passion fruit. Great session IPA.
Vells (1354) - Rīga, Latvija, LATVIA - FEB 27, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Simple, but quite nice aroma kick even thou it was late evening. Mostly grapefruit and grassy kick, some mango. Light sweetness with moderate to light bitterness. Nothing too fancy, but lovely refreshing.
Saeglopur (1597) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - FEB 26, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at BKL München 2016.
Golden, hazy body, with a medium, creamy, off-white head.
Aroma of juicy passion fruit, grapefruit, orange zest, moderate caramel.
Taste follows this, but a bit lighter.
Light, slick mouthfeel, with a moderate carbonation.
Finishes dry, bitter, zesty, a bit piney, fruity.
Tasty. Very easy, crisp and refreshing. The nose is very lovely, taste is a bit lighter. Pretty perfect Session IPA.
SinH4 (2150) - Garching, GERMANY - FEB 26, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy golden color with white head. Aroma is shallots, grassy hops. Taste is buttery and grassy (but nice), very bitter, but traces of sweetness detectable. Crisp. Not a bad Session IPA!