ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
16 oz can into a pint glass.
A: Pours a cloudy dark copper color. The head is quite good; a one finger off-yellow shade that’s very creamy looking. It retains acceptably, but not amazingly. Still, it does leave nice specks of lacing on the glass.
S: At first whiff, it seems like an IPA heavy in both caramel and pine (which aren’t always my bag), but this seems to have something else to set it apart from the pack. Maybe it’s the fact that grapefruit notes are fairly distinct here, or maybe it’s the fact that this has some nice fruit esters to them. All I know is that I really like the aroma.
T: The first thing I notice is a bit of caramel and toffee, right up until the hops take over. The hop profile is more piny/floral than grapefruity. I swear the finish is almost like grape jelly in a way. This is probably the calling card of this brew - the fruit esters, when they pop up, are fantastic. And after a while, I even note some peanut butter flavors on the back end...that’s right, folks, this beer kind of tastes like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. This is a solid, complex, yet unexceptional IPA otherwise; but damn. I can’t tell if the PB&J flavors are an awesome feature or I’m going insane.
M: A bit thick in body, with the carbonation giving it a bit more coarseness than I would like. Once that calms down, it becomes *very* soft for an IPA. Good drinkability, but it could also be drier.
O: I’ll take any chance I can get to try this beer, so naturally I had to take a shot on a can that wasn’t spectacularly fresh. At first, it struck me as just another IPA; after a while, its depth (and unusual yet pleasing notes) really start to impress me. If I ever see this again, I’ll gladly give it a second chance.
Saeglopur (450) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - DEC 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Mikkeller Bar, Stockholm.
Copper, quite clear body, with a medium, creamy, white head.
Aroma of citrus, peach, dark berries, pine, some tropical fruits, tea.
Taste follows this pretty much, with some more caramel malts.
Medium, slick mouthfeel, with a strong carbonation.
Finishes bitter, dry, zesty, piney.
Really tasty! One of those darker IPAs, with interesting dark fruit and tea like notes. Greatly balanced and really quaffable. Not my favourite IPA, but a fantastic one for sure!
ClubGonzo (4238) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Henrik, Bergen. Pours a clear amber body with a small off-white head. Nose is red fruits, red berries, grass, peaches and hints of pears, nuts and caramel. Lovely. Taste is grass, hay, herbs, red fruits, pears and hints of resin and grapefruit. Medium body and carbonation. Refreshing and nice IPA.
50belair (2490) - Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Stone. Clear Amber pour with an off white head. Grapefruit hop aromas. Tasty grapefruit Hoo notes dominate. A sturdy caramel malt backbone gives balance. Good body and mouthfeel.
SirLimpsalot (2364) - SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
@ Mikkeller Stockholm 14-11-8: ganska maltig, liten humleton. Känns gammal.
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---- Soberness not garanteed!
schlitzfaced (68) - Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from 16oz. can. Pours a deep hazy copper color with a nice thin head. Aroma is Hops and more hops. A nice malt taste, but the Hops come through. Strong finish. A great IPA.
BLADT (653) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 12, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap in Chicago. Clean copper-amber with tan head. Lacing all the way down. Super fresh aroma of warm orange and caramel malts. Pine and grass shine, especially on warning. Medium body. American hops squarely in the driver seat. Big, harsh flavors. Bitter throughout. And yet, despite the intensity, drinkable. Pleasant depth of flavor: malts are bready and citrus discuss open on warming. Toys the line of being a bitter bomb, but never loses the plot. Great beer.
kathouse (1107) - Nevada, USA - NOV 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice deep amber with a respectable light cream head. Pleasant citrus and pine aroma. Good malt base without being too sweet, but bitterness overwhelms. Hops are thick and last beyond the finish. Gotta be in a hop mood for this one.
Bule (873) - California, USA - NOV 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
16oz can pours a pale brown color with a bit of head. Medium hop bitterness that lingers after. The hops are really easy going, with no sharp flavors.
wihlan (341) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fat på mikkeller and friends - bärnstens färgad och klar. Skummet försvann snabbt . Mycket malt i aromen. Smygande beska inte så mycket mer smak än det.
VictorStr (1443) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
En bra IPA, inte mer. Lite dov i aromen. Bra beska som hänger kar rätt länge.