BMan1113VR (7898) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Notes are from a BJCP practice scoring sheet. Rated as a 10A American Pale Ale. Numbers from the rating reflect ratebeer’s hedonistic rating system and not actual judging numbers.
Aroma: Initially slightly light struck (skunky) but this aroma fades rapidly. Replaced by white wine grapes reminiscent of sauvignon blanc and its associated minerality. Some tangerine peel and gooseberry notes from the hops. Medium esters. Nice bready graininess in the back ground that does not dominate. Hard water profile is slightly noticeable and okay. Spicy hop profile lingers.
Appearance: Very hazed yellow body with a minimal white head with somewhat poor retention. Head can be revived with a few swirls but retention still isn’t great for the style. Lacing is good but not great.
Flavor: Bitter and dry with a minerally note at first. Hop bitterness and some astringency noticed. This is followed by a bready/toasted graininess from the malts. Wish the hop flavor (somewhat present in the finish) was a bit stronger. Bitterness is quite present though. Maybe more than should be common in a beer of this style and gravity. A husky graininess. Esters are minimal.
Mouthfeel: Somewhat astringent and bitter finish. Low residual sugars (to style). Medium to medium light body. Carbonation is acceptable at a medium to high level. No noticeable alcohol warmth. Long duration of bitterness and astringency.
Overall impression: Great and unique aroma from the hops. Hop flavor appears a bit faded, but still, the beer retains an overly strong bitter balance for the style. A slightly husky astringency is also unwanted. Bitterness and astringency are a bit much for the APA style. Consider sparging and a slightly lower temperature (or make sure the runoffs are clear in vorlauf) to reduce grain astringency and shift a bit of the bittering hops towards late additions and dry hopping [note: yes I know this sounds a bit elementary and pompous as a amateur judge to a big and well respected brewery, but this is honest feedback that I’d give to a homebrewer on this beer] .
DSG (8175) - Tel Aviv, - MAR 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2013 Re-rate 2/2/13: Bottle sample at a Stone Vertical Epic tasting at Mastikim. Thanks troubles. Clear yellow. Pleasant hoppy aroma of tropical fruits, citrus and quality marijuana. Rather dry flavor with light sweetish notes, fruity hops and a moderately bitter finish with refreshing tropical fruits. Medium-bodied. Nice and very refreshing. 8/3/7/3/14=3.5
[3/4/11] Bottle at ACBF 2011. Clear golden. Tropical fruits aroma. Flavor has some bready malty sweetness and a pleasant fruity hops bitterness. Medium-bodied. 6/3/7/3/13=3.2
JohnRMurdoch (3673) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 11, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2013 Bottles from mybrewerytap.com, Waitrose & Great Grog. Cask @ Bon Accord. Complex cereal tropical fruit aroma. Hazy pale yellow colour with a good head. Dry biscuit, citrus & tropical fruit flavour. Bitter aftertaste. Bottle better than cask.
tdtm82 (1010) - Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle; with many thanks from MYBREWERYTAP.com
Poured into Merton beer glass (excellent glass for pale ales). Gorgeous appearance. Stunning stunning on the eye. Aroma is citurs, major Nelson, fresh bread, good clean yeast strain, taste is full in Nelson battering ram, exploding tropics around my mouth, why go away when I can drink this and watch the Cricket highlights on IPlayer?
The mango and grapefruit bounce around in my mouth like cluster bombs set to search and destroy, the nelson hop bite is gorgeous, the poise, balance and elegance of the beer is second to none. NO astringency, Harrisoni’s review for this is so bang on the mark and if you don’t believe me you should read his instead. Tropical storm in my bedroom in early March and I’ve got spring fever.
Bontus (676) - Flanders, BELGIUM - MAR 5, 2011
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle @ ACBF 2011. Weird thing about this brew, it smelled persistently like rubber / plastic. But I was the only one who tasted this anomaly. Well it ruined it for me (aromawise)
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
wispy white head, transparent dandelion body. Bit of honey, wheat, pine, and a bit of glue. Flavor of honey, bit of cream and old hop, stale bitterness I’m the finish, bit of paper. Very light, also lightly carbonated, pleasant and drinkable, bitterness balanced and bright.
Erasmus_ro (1693) - Alabama, USA - FEB 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
250ml real ale cask. Pours pale golden with a small head. Aroma is exotic fruits, mostly kiwi with a little mango. Taste is much of the same, strongly kiwi. Not much carbonation and palate is fairly light. Very drinkable as usual with Thornbridge.
GT2 (9241) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 23, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
500mL courtesy of argo0. Pours a hazy, glowing yellow with white bubbles but no head formation. Still looks very beautiful. Aroma is 100% white grape juice. Taste is surprisingly good: crackery and doughy pale malts; sharp, grassy hops; lemon zest; nutty bitterness. Palate is dry, light, bitter. Not bad.
BeerandBlues2 (10607) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by argo. Pours hazy yellow with a small, fizzy white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, grainy, meal), heavy hops (floral, grassy, citrus), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of peach. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, grainy, meal), heavy hops (floral, grassy, citrus), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of peach and pineapple. Medium body and carbonation, low warmth and creaminess with a dry finish.
bhensonb (12138) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Half Time. Pours hazy gold with a transient,slight white head. Aroma is fruity - a bit tart, a bit strawberry. A bit grassy. Med body. Flavor is grassy and fruity. Definitely tart/bitter. Fruit comes on strong in the end, but so does a nobel hop type bitter. Finishes with fruit. Hard to pin the fruit down. Kind of like not quite ripe white peach. Interesting and different.