jinroh (942) - ESTONIA - DEC 10, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 ml bottle from Alepa @ Helsinki Vantaa Airport. Pours light copper with a nice head. Head dissipates soon into small lacing. Aroma is quite fruity and herbal hops are coming through too. Something soapy. Taste is diluted pear juice, bitter hops and some malty candy sweetness. Aftertaste is not very intensive, some hop bitterness lingering around. Overall not bad, body is perhaps weaker than I would have liked - but I guess the reason is in Finnish alcohol laws that allow only beers up to 4,7% to be sold in normal supermarkets.
jann3 (235) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 6, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Slightly cloudy amber color. Large light beige head, nice lacing. Bittersweet aroma with caramel and hoppy notes. Initial taste is sweetish, then comes some moderate bitterness, and sweetish finish. Malty and fruity notes are dominating. Mouthfeel is quite thin and watery. (0,5 l bottle, best before 8.10.2014)
Zarkam (536) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 1, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle from a hypermarket in Helsinki, clear amber colour, large mostly lasting frothy eggwhite head, decent lacing. Aroma is moderately malty caramel, hay and nuts, fairly heavy resiny and floral hops also a hint of butter is apparent. Taste is initially slightly sweet and turns into a relatively long moderately bitter finish with an acetic feel, medium body, watery mouthfeel, lively carbonation. Not a bad ale, could have bit more complexity.
KoNrRiI (961) - Århus, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
0.5 bottle. Medium-sized, thin, white head; clear, amber liquid - looks quite fizzy. A lot of hops in the aroma, very sweet, buckets of fruits, a touch of caramel and malts. Taste is bittersweet, malty at first but then gets gradually more hop and fruity; it has quite a lot of caramel and a bit of unfortunate metallic notes. Medium body, slick texture and lively carbonation. Finish is much more resemblant of a proper IPA rather than a bitter, a lot of hops, exotic fruits everywhere, and a lingering bitter sensation. Overall the beer is pretty good, has some flaws but it’s on a right track.
Leini (1551) - SWEDEN - SEP 20, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
500ml bottle. Cloudy, dark amber, body with a medium white head. Fudge, malt, spices, fruit and some dry notes.
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 5, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
No head, the body is orange. It smells hoppy, fruity. The taste is hoppy, bitter, bit watery, less fruity. Ok, to expensive. 9/11/10/11/-/10
Cunningham (6245) - Halden, NORWAY - SEP 2, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: Clear deep brownish color with a finger thick off white head. Some lacing.
Aroma: A bit sweet malty and fruity with some mild hoppy notes.
Palate: Medium body. Tad sweet and a mild bitterness. Average carbonation.
Taste: Malty, mild hoppy and a fine fruity background.
Overall impression: Felt a little bit plain. Still nice and easy drinkable.
Personal stats: Bottle from a trade with oh6gdx.
Migmar (255) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 18, 2013
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish brown, thin hazy head. Mild herblike and grassy aroma. Medium bitterness. Very basic bitter, rather enjoyable if not that interesting.
Ernest (7032) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft (at Suomenlinnan).
Head is mostly diminishing.
Body is light amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, cookie), moderately hoppy (grapefruit, apricot), lightly to moderately yeasty (dough).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Wasn’t a big fan of this one, partly due to the yeasty nose and partly because of the acidity. May have just been getting towards the end of a keg, dunno. Ok, but not in the same league as the others for me. But evens so, look at the ratio here...of 6 or 7 beers, this was the only one I wouldn’t have eagerly ordered more of. At most brewpubs, the reverse is true (heck, I’m lucky to find even ONE that I like in most places!).
KansaiBeerLvrs (3798) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 9, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Taster at the brewpub, 10 euros. Nice clear orange gold pour, mild herbal aroma. Bitter pine, rough grolsch like mid-mouth, clean finish. Ok, I get a kind of very bery subtle cheese vibe in the aroma/taste... Odd but pleasant. It would probably pair well with cheese.