harrisoni (11023) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2011 Bottle at the Rake. Clear copper thin beige head. Decent simcoe aroma. Even a bit of funk. Not sure. Bit hard in the mouth. You do get that with American style ipa. Very hard candy. Tastes its strength too. Its cool, if a tad hard 3.3/5. Re-rate at Bottle Shop Canterbury. 7.4% abv. Gorgeous simcoe aroma. Some creamy vanilla in the mouth. Light bitterness on the finish. Touch of sweet alcohol.
Alphadelic (1637) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 7, 2010
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick hazy cloud of orange and a thick head. Heavy vegetal aromas with some strong burnt sugar tang. Rich and very boozy with a long grassy dryness which is super bitter and tangy. This is pretty special actually, very boozy and warming a fabulous beer, much as I imagine an older IPA might taste.
thepeter (274) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark Orange with a thin head that did not last very long but left sweet sticky lacing and kept a thin film for its entirety. Subdued but sweet floral hops, biscuity malt and orange / citrus zest. Very nicely balanced aroma.
Hops, citrus, pine needles, not as sweet and flowery as the smell would have indicated but rather a nice crisp sharp set of flavors and a nutty pine aftertaste that was very dry adn refreshing. Silky smooth and near perfect carboation in my opinion. I thought that this was a very drinkable beer as well. Will be buying more and hopefully visiting the brewery (if that is an option) in the near future. Would love to this one fresh and on Cask somewhere.
thebeertourist (4311) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Utobeer. Cloudy red copper with a big, lacing head. Nice fruity hop aroma followed by solidly bitter flavours, emphasizing passion fruit and citrus hop flavours. Very welcome new entrant.
evergreen0199 (1371) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from beermerchants.com. Nice looking orange/amber pour with medium sized white head. Stale aroma. Tastes quite dry, bitter, malty, hoppy, pine. Quite drinkable.
madmitch76 (9990) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
20th May 2010. Bottle in the Rake. Clear amber beer, good white head. Slightly soft and dry palate. A little caramel malt and then deep rich hops that are not overly bitter. A little orange, piney notes and minerals. Finishes soft and dry. Good stuff indeed. Keep it up!
wyzzywyz22 (1644) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle :Top recommendation by Kris@Kris Wines, London. A good looking hazy amber pour with a lingering mid sized off white head. Aroma of cat pee , grassy hop and gooseberry. The flavour really shows the simcoe shining to great effect., with the bitterness building steadily to a fine crescendo. Great mouthfeel. Everything well proportioned and extremely moreish. Alcohol nicely masked. As good an English IPA as Iíve tasted. Cracking stuff. Bravo !
Ethereal (2399) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 24, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at the Rake, 14th May 2010. Orange amber with a persistent cream coloured head. Nice aroma of juniper and pine. Strong Simcoe hop flavour unsurprisingly. Dry, sticks to the mouth and leaves a resiny aftertaste. Quite drinkable given the strength but I prefer the Mikkeller Single Hop Simcoe.
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A Mes rate. Bottle at Marioís.
A very attractive, clean orange gold coloured beer with an impressive white head. Big Simcoe, cheese and a slight sweatty feet note in the aroma. Bloody good. The flavour is even better. Superb dryness, just the right alpha content, pretty much perfect bitterness and a solid malty base that supports the whole thing really well. The finish is just excellent. A big hit of dry Simcoe with considerable length and just a hint of pepper and spice. Evan is doing a bloody superb job and is showing many other English brewers how to bottle. Stellar job all round. Really like this one.