Svesse (5679) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle, Akkurat, Stockholm, 31 March 2010) Dark amber colour with frothy, beige head. Fruity, hoppy nose with notes of pine needles, citrus, caramel and a touch of chocolate. Fruity, hoppy taste with pine needles, black-currant and caramel. Above medium body, balanced sweetness. Generous piney bitterness. Well balanced with alcohol well hidden. Very nice one.
5000 (5606) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Blood red caramel, big beige foamy head, fantastic lacing. Big sweet malty nose with heaps of citrus shavings. A touch of tea leaves and caramel. Oddly enough, I am getting some Lakerol (Norwegian salted licorice, and I love it). Malty start, semi-sweet, tea leaves and very soft citrus peel. Certainly doesn’t feel like 8.3%. Somewhat full bodied, but the mouthfeel seems fairly average. Finishes clean, by now its more of a tobacco leaf with subtle candied citrus peel. Great stuff! Thanks to the real Larry of RateBeer.
blankboy (5603) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of ross. Pours a hazy dark ruby-copper with an average size diminishing tan head. Fantastic aroma of piney and citrus hops along with caramel malt and brown sugar -- simple but it smells great. Delicious flavour of caramel malt and fruit followed by a nice amount of those aforementioned hops and though there’s some alcohol, for the most part it’s very well hidden. Nice full body, creamy mouthfeel -- man, this goes down easy and so smooth. This is a damn good IIPA, I’d have this on-hand all the time if it were available locally.
BBB63 (5601) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed at the Tosa YeHA 2005, bottles provided by Tom the Cougar, much thanks!
Ruby hued with a nice tan frothy head and outstanding lacing. The nose displayed a big juicy and fresh hop character with pineapple and starfruit, a little pepper and clove and a carmel bready malt vapor, very inviting indeed! The taste is surprisingly nicely balanced with those big hops playing well with the crystal malting. Snappy but never out of hand, finished with a spice kick in the buds. Sharp and biting but once again, never came off overpowering, the alcohol is well hidden behind that hop character. WOW, one most excellent brew, I enjoyed this more than half of the top 10 IIPA on the site. GET YA SOME!
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to cgarvieuk. Aroma is big an piney, citrus wioth underyling lychee note. Taste is similar with tangarine being key.
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark red with great lacing and a nice head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of toffee, caramel, fruit, candied sugars, and a touch of earthy hops. Not overly bitter, the flavor is close to the malty nose with a touch of spicy hops in the finish. Big bodied. Too malty for an IIPA. Not a bad beer by any means, but just not what I look for in an IIPA.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours an amber body with an off white head. Big hop profile, with a sweet pine, and citrus tones. Some lighter grapefruit with the malt bill relatively in check. A very nice red, maybe my favorite.
duff (5484) - Lund, SWEDEN - NOV 13, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (2005). Red-brown colour. Aroma is hoppy, very hoppy. It also has notes of sweet caramel. caramel sweetness comes through in the flavour. I also get an oily hop flavour. And get citric/grapefruit, lychee and pine form the huge amount of hop character it has. It ended up being a little too cloying and a bit over the top. But theres some good flavour in here.
blipp (5475) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at RBSG. Pours deep amber with a beige head. Hoppy aroma with herbal, earthy, and piney notes, as well as some sweet crystal malts. the flavor is well balanced, with sweet crystal malt and citric and earthy hops. Pretty good.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - FEB 20, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz Bottle: Pours a brilliant ruby mahogany color with a fairly thin tan head and some spotty lacing. The nose is lightly smoky with some herbal hops with light huckleberry notes mixed with cherry pie filling, plum, muskat grapes and a tobaccoy malt complexity. Wooden pummelo. The flavor is fairly neutral comparatively, a light sweetness and bitterness with very little alcohol taste. A well rounded malty, creamy body with a chocolatey, lightly roasty tail. Nice complexities, not very noteworthy in the flavor department but plenty of nose and it keeps the drinkability and quaffability high, both dangerous qualities when paired together. Excellent balance. Thanks to aracauna for this Georgian Gem.