ej (1020) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - SEP 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear golden pour with a small creamy head. Floralness and citrus dominates aroma. Some grapefruit also. Grapefruit and citrus in taste also, but citrus is relatively Subdued. Some melon and passionfruits. Body is light to medium with a smooth mouthfeel and mesium carbonation.
ClubGonzo (4817) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Vinmonopolet in Valkendorfsgate, Bergen. Pours a clear light orange body with a medium white head. Sweet apricot and rose water to the nose, with citrus, grapefruit and hints of pine and honey. Taste is mellow grapefruit tones, flanked by moderate caramel and honey-ish sweetness. Some pine notes, hints of apricot and herbal grass notes in the finish. Fine balance. Medium body and carbonation, high on drinkability all in all. A very nice IPA on the mild side of things.
superspak (3615) - Michigan, USA - AUG 30, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours cloudy golden orange color with a nice 1-2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Good soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big pineapple, orange, mango, lemon, herbal, floral, grass, grapefruit, bread, and earthy spiciness. Very nice aromas with good strength and balance; very pleasant. Taste of big grapefruit, orange zest, bread, herbal, floral, grass, mango, and earthy spiciness. Good amount of herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic flavor balance of malt sweetness/bitterness; with zero astringent hop flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with almost no warming noticed after the finish. Very smooth and drinkable. Overall this is a highly excellent English IPA! Great flavor balance and hop complexity; and extremely smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.
jamesie1857 (1734) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at Coach and Horses, Dronfield 2012.
kaiho (71) - - AUG 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Quintessential English IPA and rated as such. Keg at Holborn whippet, London. Aroma of citrusy hops, a lovely bouquet without malt. Taste has plenty of bitterness, comes through on the nose when swallowing. Almost like there is (a crapload) of English, earthy hops in this as well for flavor. Combines well with a malty backbone that isn’t given away by the crystal clarity of the beer. This tastes like I would imagine historical IPA to taste, just with a touch of new world aroma.
Aniela (4195) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 19, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
50 cl bottle at Ölrepubliken, Gothenburg 120802. Yellow hazy beer with a big lacy offwhite head. Fruity and hoppy aroma. Hoppy, sweey and fruity flavour.
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Apricot, peach, citrus and melon. Light gold with frothy head. Light sweet and sour with mid hoppy bitter. Great.
realalechamp (41) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at Deramore. Nice amber color with a white head. Lovely perfume and fruit-filled aroma. Nice on the hops without being too flowery.
Beerhammaren (1405) - FINLAND - AUG 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours cloudy yellow with medium head. Aroma is fruits, herbs, hops n malts. Flavor is Hipsu. Some fruits and malts and citrus. bittery palate.
Kavu (3140) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2014 Pours cloudy yellow with a medium thick head. Aroma is malts and fruits. Flavor is malts, fruits and plenty of hops. Nice.
(020714) 1 pint in cask @ St. Urho’s Pub. Quite similar as bottled version, except with a lighter body and palate. Still great.