DocLock (7182) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Caponeís. Pours turbid canary straw with 3-finger uniform white head. Nose is pale malt, piney resiny hops, tangerine. Tastes hoppy, sticky, resiny, with pale malt, tangerine, black pepper, and a gargantuan depth of flavor and complexity.
gunnar (4291) - Sandnes, NORWAY - FEB 4, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle.Pours clear golden with a big creamy/frothy white head.Fresh hoppy aroma, tropical fruits. Taste is moderate hoppy, very crisp and fresh,but what a lovely fresh taste of fruity and citrussy hops, and moderate sweet malts, apricots and peach. Fizzy mouthfeel,lively carbonation. Long and fruity aftertaste, splendid beer.
glennmastrange (2025) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Moderate malt notes of cereal and caramel, grapefruit and orange for the hops, light soap and musty for the yeast, with a hint of pear in the background. Head is average size, frothy, slightly off-white with fair lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is light hazy amber. Flavor starts moderately to heavily acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is light to medium, a bit slick, with a lively carbonation and finishes lightly astringent. Not as complex in flavor as I like in an IPA, but everything else is true to the English style.
Tmoney99 (9576) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate to heavy citrus and sweet aroma. Medium to full body with smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bitter flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. Solid drinkable brew that exceeded my expectations.
Acknud (1034) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - JAN 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly murky, good lacing. Aroma is citrus hop dominated with a nice smooth taste. The hops finish clean in your mouth. No weird aftertaste.
rosenbergh (5533) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at the Gallows Bird, Espoo, Finland. XIV Real Ale Festival.
Clear golden colour with small frothy head.
Strong fruity citrusy bitter hoppy aroma.
Flavour is very strong bitter hoppy. Not so much fruitiness. Some malty sweetness. Bitterness stays.
ContemplateBeer (1339) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Louisville Beer Store. Aroma of substantial floral/resin hops, white sugar and lemon zest. Appearance is caramel gold with viscous white head that stayed throughout at some level. Flavor matches the nose, with a little honey on the front; the finish is mostly floral hops with a hint of resin and some caramel malt sweetness. Palate is creamy and the mouthfeel soft and slightly oily. Very good IPA that was more than a hop bomb.
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
500ml bottle. Poured a medium yellow color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of citrus and lighter floral hops. Musty and stale. Tastes of rotten citrus rinds, moldy hay, and grainy.
Leighton (8584) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at the Euston Tap, London. Pours clear yellow with a fine, white creamy head. Strong hay and straw hop nose. Some citrusy sweetness starts the flavor, with good malts and fruity bitters. Light bodied with smooth carbonation. Nice, hoppy close with resin and citrus, along with lightly sweet malts backing things up. Really good!
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - NOV 16, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
50cl bottle from the Doemens Euro Beer Star stash. Blond color with a little sediment from bottle conditioning and a sticky, well-hopped head of bright white. Toasty, very British pale malt is evident in the aroma with a touch of grapefruit and lightly cheesy hops. Lots of the same British malt character with a touch of fruitiness and a nice fruity hop finish with lingering malt. Medium in body with soft carbonation. The main impressions I get are pale malt and a lingering bitterness. Hop aroma and flavor are less accented. This canít be too old (best by february 1, 2011) but the hops just arenít what I expect in an IPA. Even extra pale english malt can be a bitch for hops to stick out over though. I will definitely be seeking this out when we go to London though.