beermaris (197) - LATVIA - OCT 11, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber colour, low cap. A nit sour aroma but more bitter in taste. Some fruity and whiskey nuances.
Hippoman (405) - Durham, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml Bottle from The Water House (JDW), Durham.
Ruby auburn beer with a thin, off-white head and lively carbonation. There’s loads of hop in the nose, with tropical fruit, light citrus, light pine and spicy notes detectable, as well as a less pleasant chemical tinge. The flavour is dominated by dry citrus and pine hop that’s pleasant enough but it’s weakened by a slightly astringent finish and watery mouthfeel. Okay but there are much better beers in the style.
colui72 (419) - HONG KONG - OCT 6, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Gorgeous appearance with its bright amber, very thin white head. Hoppy aroma, not much of fruits, mainly hoppy and malty taste. Very "original" (thinking about being loyal to the origins) IPA by a British pioneer of good ales!
undercurrent25 (1699) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good interpretation of a US IPA plenty of hops and easy drinking. Only critism is that the packaging fooled me into thinking it was the genuine thing
Alengrin (3675) - BELGIUM - OCT 2, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
The old (19th century) Thwaites brewery’s take on American IPA - interesting things often happen when an old school English brewery brews an IPA the American way. From a 33 cl bottle, strange to see this particular volume in an Anglo-Saxon context. Irregular, milky, egg-white head, moussy and dense on the edges and leaving a thin greyish veil over the liquid; colour a clear orangey amber with slow fizz. Aroma of ’dank’ American hops indeed but rather subtly so even though a total of six varieties have been used; I nevertheless get ’American’ impressions of pine needles, pink grapefruit, overripe mango, roasted onion, toasted bread, hints of roasted pine nuts, Scotch on the rocks, chicken spices, cigarette tobacco, caramel. Clean, crisp and restrainedly fruity onset, dried red berries, orange peel, subduedly sweetish with some hop bitterness already creeping in at this stage; minerals too, soft carbo lending it an ’English’ feel, very supple and lean body based on a light caramelly and pronouncedly nutty and toasted maltiness, supporting the bitterness in the finish, which is to be described as herbal, citrus peel-like, a wee bit piney but most of all peppery. Still, this hop bitterness, though clinging to the mouth cavity like an oily film, fails to become as deeply bittering as your average American IPA: it is somehow tempered, leaving most of the toasted, bittersweet maltiness to pass through. A spicy hop bitterness sure remains in the end, but I expected a bigger dosis based on the deScription "intensely hoppy" on the back label. Seems like a compromise between the boldness of real American IPAs, which may still be too harsh to the average European palate, and the original hoppy pale ales from England - i.e. the ’roots’ of the old English IPA meeting its modern American offspring. If you look at this beer that way, this is truly interesting and enjoyable for what it is. Almost seems like a time machine brought American hop varieties to the English pale ale brewers of the late 18th and early 19th century... In short: a decent, quenching, flawless EPA with a strong American twist. And if you look at the historically inspired label and the intentions of this beer, I’d say mission accomplished. Whether this is an American- or English-style IPA is undeterminable, so we have the same stylistic problem here as in Belgium, where some, but not all, of the new Belgian IPAs use American hops in order to come as close as possible to the ’real thing’. But I digress.
Vincent68 (576) - Nitra, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 29, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fľaša 330 ml zo Seoul Plaza Bratislava. Farba medovo karamelová s červeným odtieňom, jemná krémová pena, aróma ovocia, citrusov a sladu. Rezkosť stredná, chuť od začiatku príjemne intenzívne horká s odtieňmi ovocia a medu. Plná, bohatá chuť, dobré pivo.
Cimbasso (487) - - SEP 25, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Purchased in a can as Crafty Dan 13 Guns at a Morrisons supermarket. Pours reddish brown with a very foamy head. Aromas of grapefruit and pine resin. The taste has some cereals in it, and a poweful grapefruit and pine resin taste. Good flavours, but this is not a very harmonious beer. The taste is quite enlivening. Not bad, but could do with a slightly fuller mouthfeel.
Ungstrup (31471) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 25, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. A red beer with a lazing beige head. The aroma has notes of over ripe fruits, caramel, and hops. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, fruits, and spices, leading to a bitter finish. Had expected a lot more.
JohnRMurdoch (3983) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - SEP 24, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml can @ The Ark. Reddish brown, big foamy head. Citrus hop aroma. Toffee hop flavour. Bitter aftertaste. IPA / bitter hybrid.
VDuquerroux (823) - Airvault, FRANCE - SEP 21, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1/2 bottle, 33cL. Kindly shared with daddy, @Naintré. A sparkling clear amber beer ; medium white head with a light retention. Intense fruity aroma (red berries, blackberry, tropical fruits), resin, herbs, light biscuit, light roast. Medium dry bitter, light sweet. Light to medium body, thin texture, average good carbonation, dry fruity bitter finish. Overall, nice fruity aroma, good bitterness, good balance for this IPA !