hopdog (8867) - 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 (10769) - 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 can’t be too old (best by february 1, 2011) but the hops just aren’t 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.
hopscotch (9089) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle… Cloudy yellow ale with a small, creamy, white head. Fantastic retention. The bouquet is very hoppy – musk, near-skunk, resin and lemon peel. Light to medium-bodied with a thin mouthfeel and tickling carbonation. Very flavorful. Medium to heavy metallic, tannic bitterness. Finishes bitter and dry.
mabel (5414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[3264-20100803] Cask sample. Mildly herbaceous yeast aroma. Slightly hazy, light orange yellow body with a long-lasting creamy white head. Grain yeast flavour in bitter initially followed up by an odd herbal tang. Medium body. Interesting but has odd notes throughout.
(@ GBBF 2010, London, England)
17thfloor (2430) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. People seem to love this beer, and from what I’ve gathered it is much better fresh which I don’t yet have the opportunity to try it that way. Odd combination of very grassy, sweet candy, floral, bit of citrus. Sweet and sticky, light touch of butter, not my thing.
JohnRMurdoch (3244) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - NOV 10, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2012 Cask @ The Drum & Monkey & The Bon Accord. Bottles from mybrewerytap.com, Beers of Europe & Great Grog. Hazy yellow amber colour, not much head. Resin, hop & tropical fruit aroma. Citrus fruit, resin & floral flavour. Orange aftertaste. Very good.
theSlipperyPen (236) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
This has been long overdue for a review. It pours a clear yellow - surely lighter than the beer from their old brewery? A single finger of white head rises and falls quickly, leaving a substantial lacing on the glass. Again, this seems a bit paler in the nose than the original 330ml bottled version; offering a zesty citrus aroma and a honey-like malt profile. In the mouth the hops split into fruits and bitterness, giving off notes of orange pith and soft lemon - perhaps there’s also just a touch of woody acidity. The honey carries through from the nose and is brought to the fore as the beer warms. It’s on the thinner side of medium bodied with a low carbonation. On the finish the beer grows progressively bitter with a developing touch of pineapple. I’m sure this has become milder since the change of breweries, but it’s still a rock solid got to beer.
Herkybird (21) - YORK, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2010
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On cask at the Punch Bowl, Stonegate York. I generally don’t like IPAs much, but this one is quite exceptional; by far the best I’ve had. It pours a beautiful amber with a white head, has a nice hop nose and then delights the palate with a perfect balance of smooth malt and hops. It does not suffer from the excessive hoppiness too many IPAs have and just delivers massive and delicious flavour without any offensive characteristics.. Many 6% beers have an overpowering alcohol taste but this hides it well. I had to have second just to confirm how really excellent it was.
jcwattsrugger (11079) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tampa Weekly Gathering @BT Brandon-thanks Ibrew2or3-16.9oz bottle–pours a rich white head and hazy orange/gold color. Aroma is tea/orange, secondary light/medium malt. Taste is tea/orange hops bite, secondary light/medium malt, drying/spice, yeast, effervescence.