NikkTwist (2135) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the Irish Pol. Mostly clear very dark brown pour with a large off-white foamy head. Good amount of thin lace. Strong good cocoa notes in the nose and finish, though the actual taste of the chocolate during is more glossy and slightly artificial. The orange element is further back than expected - present but unpronounced. In fact the citrus flavors from the Citra hops are more in control. There is also a mildly deep malt background with notes of plums, prunes, blackberries and currants that provides richer fruit elements. Lots of dark caramel flavors as well. At 100 IBUs there is also a strong spicy hop bite. The whole experience is rather wild. Not fantastic but certainly not boring.
Peter_L (1217) - SWEDEN - OCT 28, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap@BA Vasagatan. Brunsvart vätska. Liknar mer en black-ipa i utseendet. Framträdande doft av choklad. Grape och citrus lurar i bakgrunden. Påminner om en Chocolate Stout, sade någon i sällskapet. Tydlig sädessmak och mer choklad. En lätt fruktig friskhet av blodapelsin kan anas.
SSSteve (4007) - - OCT 17, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
bottle. light brown with a small beige head. nougat, chocolate aroma. flavor more like a brown ale with mild roast notes, dried orange peel, chocolate extract. alright.
gyllenbock (6285) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at SBWF 2015.
Amber with a creamy head. On the sweet side with orange, caramel, hops and chocolate. The body was medium as was the bitterness.
Lilja (2275) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flaska från SB, import. Mahognyfärgad vätska med krämigt skum. Djup söt doft av apelsinchoklad, citrusmarmelad och karamell. Seg kladdig vätska. Tung, djup söt smak. Lite DIPA-ish men lite väl kladdig och söt. Balanserad bra beska. Gott!
Vignale (2709) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 21, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mahognyfärgad vätska med krämigt skum. Djup söt doft av apelsinchoklad, citrusmarmelad och karamell. Seg kladdig vätska. Tung, djup söt smak. Lite DIPA-ish men lite väl kladdig och söt. Balanserad bra beska. Bra.
youdictategood (467) - Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Ruby brown pour with a small khaki head. Very mild aroma with some citrus and yeast. Taste is similarly mild - comes across more as a hopped brown ale than an IPA. No chocolate notes at all. Bitter finish. Probably wouldn’t bother again.
jhp40219 (421) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 4, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours an autumn brown with a small light tan head that leaves a bit of lacing. Aroma of dank citrus hops, chocolate, orange, and coffee. Taste is coffee and a bit of hops up front followed by orange, caramel and a big chocolate finish. Dry and slightly bitter. Medium body, creamy texture, slightly high carbonation. Overall an interesting and very delicious IPA! It’s nice to see that in an overly crowded IPA field, there are still interesting and new directions to go in. Excellent beer!
kramer (5499) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear reddish amber body under a small fizzy beige head. The nose makes me think of a slightly hoppy Red Ale, toasty and slightly sweet smelling, lightly husky, minimal hops, and I don’t really get anything suggestive of the name of this beer. The flavor does have a blast of chocolate orange up front, much like those chocolate orange candy things that used to be around where you smash it on the table and it segments out like orange slices. Not sure if I’ve really seen those in a long time. Other than the first blast of flavor, it’s really just a below average hoppy red, overly husky and grainy with just a minimal bitterness. Light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation and a lingering husky malt finish. Not sure why they called this an iPA, I would have guessed it was an Amber Ale. Meh, nothing to seek out
Block (1824) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 26, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer has a darker pour, tan head. Aroma is light, sweet, not much there. The body is mild, medium mouthfeel with a strong malt flavor. I would not consider this an IPA but a malty strong ale. The balance is good. I didn’t detect too much chocolate or orange.