ACHops (866) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Bambino’s. Pours pale golden with thick creamy head. Aroma is mild floral hops and fresh cut grass. Taste is smooth pale roasted caramel malt and assertive, earthy, lemony, bitter hops. Quite flavorful but oddly not sweet at all which you might expect with this abv. Easily one of the best English IPAs I’ve had - clearly influenced by the newer west coast styles. Much stronger and hoppier than the standard English IPA.
Davros (2158) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours gold with a small head.
Nose shows light fruit: pears, apples, elderflower. Also some sweet light malt.
Flavours instead focus on spicy and earthy hops with a soft light malt character in the background. Bitterness is not insane but stands out amongst the low malt.
SarkyNorthener (2619) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Drinking this whilst reading Pete Browns book on IPA, Hops and Glory. Bottle. Orange golden beer with a slight haze. Small head. Aroma of pine needles, orange and grapefruit. Taste is also piney with grapefruit and orange. But there is also a sweetness there, more than most IPAs. Quite carbonated, but this fits well. A very nice IPA, better than the Jaipur in my opinion.
bb (7133) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Golden-amber beerw ith a cream head. Grapefruit and light pine aroma. Grapefruit and light summer fruit flavor with light pine. Medium bodied. Nice biterness. Summer fruit and grapefruit linger.
Scopey (8035) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg at York Tap. It pours hazy golden with a thick white head. The nose is earth, straw, orange, grapefruit, sherbet, urine and spice. The taste is zesty citrus (tangerine & grapefruit), floral, straw, dough, moderate bitterness and a touch of alcohol with a dry, bitter finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Decent enough IPA, but not Thornbridge’s best offering.
Kosmokrator (517) - ITALY - APR 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2014 Pallido color biondo lievemente torbido, insolito per una IPA, con un cappello mediamente spesso di soffice schiuma bianca. Profumata e floreale, sentori di luppolo, gelsomino e limone; gusto mediamente amaro, non prepotente, note agrumate, erbacee e luppolate con una punta di dolce nel finale. Di corpo medio-lieve ed effervescenza vivace, è leggera e beverina senza essere acquosa ma da una birra del genere mi aspettavo una maggiore complessità.
flying_pig (1059) - SCOTLAND - APR 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle from Peckhams (£3.75):
Medium, hop filled aroma with a lot of pine and some subdued tropical fruit notes coming through. The smell isn’t a weak one by any means but I was expecting stronger from a double IPA. There is some citrus notes shooting through and an earthy floral scent with a touch of sourness.
Clear golden colour with a good sized, foamy white head on top that had good retention and only shows a slight reduction in size.
Bitter pine hops and floral notes straight off the bat and this is coupled with a fruity bitterness, mainly grapefruit and a few tropical fruit flavours as well. There is some citrus too.
Strong & smooth beer with light medium carbonation and a strong citrus and alcohol laced kick. The beer is quite dry at the finish and very bitter.
An average double IPA, perhaps a little light although it smelt quite nice. Bitterness levels were what let it down, I felt it was a little to strong on the front. Still, not a bad effort from Thornbridge.
rjkreid (191) - SCOTLAND - APR 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a remarkably light, straw like yellow for a potent beer. Lively carbonation. Floral hops with some zesty citrus and a modicum of herb like notes. Worryingly easy drinking at 7.7%, but retains a long complex finish which moved into spicy notes at the close. Another great beer from Thornbridge!
j12601 (7350) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Proletariat. Pours a Hazed gold with a thin white head. Hoppy citrus and spicy malt notes. Medium bodied, malty, toast, empties out a bit. Soft bitterness on the finish.
toffeeslot (118) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a straw yellow. Nice foam. Aroma of pine, mint, grass, citrus. Good taste, not too dry, but with a good balance of hops/malts. Easy to drink.