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Summer Wine Maelstrom

Brewed by Summer Wine
Style: Imperial IPA
Holmfirth, England
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Keg and bottle; Regular
Has been seen on cask

Maelstrom Double India Pale Ale is an unashamedly big bold American style badboy. Big ‘dank’ US hops such as Columbus & Warrior coupled with Simcoe and Centennial used in obscene quantities make for a huge smooth rolling hop hit underpinned with sweetness from the considerable malt body, both meet & mesh perfectly. A robust full on IPA, at the same time having finesse & poise. Once the aromas of pine, citrus & dank heavy US hops draw you in any chance of rescue has gone, you’re in the Maelstrom!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DeanF (2348) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 5, 2016
Okay orangey head and orangey-gold body, lots of carbonation. Aroma is heavy malt surrounded by sharp hops, peach and grapefruit, leichee, sharp tropical citrus. Flavour is heavy hops tempered by barley notes which makes it more like a pumpernickel bread finish that your usual super-citrusy hop explosion IPA. So a bit of good complexity there but I’m not entirely convinced they are working well together. No notice of the heavy booze so kudos to them for that. I think this would be an acquired taste as it’s a bit of a darker double IPA than I’ve found elsewhere.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nybol (1454) - DENMARK - FEB 19, 2016
En smag af, ja selvfølgelig humle og bitter frugt. Dem efterlader en meget tør smag i munden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (25453) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 31, 2015
Bottled (backlog). Slightly hazy orangeish amber colour with a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet malts, toffee, some wood and a bit alcohol. Also big fruitiness to it. Flavour is fruity, wooden, caramelly, toffeeish wooden and mild herbal and alcoholic notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gaultier (1538) - SWEDEN - JUN 8, 2015
Tap @ 3 små rum, Gothenburg 25/4-15. Hoppy and fruity with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (9536) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 29, 2015
330ml bottle at home. Pours clear golden amber, thin white head. Aromas of citrus, caramel, pine. Taste is light sweet honey, bitter orange. Sticky finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jorn69 (2723) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - MAR 20, 2015
Tap @ Bishops Arms, Marina Plaza, Helsingborg 150314. Fruity and caramely, medium sweet, medium body with an oily texture. Dry, bitter and hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nihtila (2935) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2015
13.6.2014. Malty fruity aroma, some raisin and orange. Fruity hoppy taste, tangerine, pine. Great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alex_leit (2506) - Minsk, BELARUS - MAR 9, 2015
Bottle. Very strong hopped beer, hops in aroma and taste, some honey malt, good bitterness. Ale for hopheads.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (10843) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 9, 2015
Keg at the Southern. Pours deep golden, nose is toffee, pine, orange, taste is similar, sweet, fruity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GlassBrass440 (315) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 7, 2015
Pours a hazy orange with a soft white head. Decent amount of citrusy hop flavors backed by slight pine notes and a hint of dank. Fruity yeast character and citrusy hops in the flavor. Decent malt backing. Medium body.

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