77ships (4164) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 27, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
33 cl. bottle split @ Delirium Hoppy Loft. An American style IPA brewed with sea buckthorn and juniper berries, playing in on the current Danish culinary fascination with foraging & the booming Baltic market for craft beer. Rather curious about this because of the sea buckthorn which I have never tasted but I am a) always greatly interested in beers with unusual ingredients & b) Cantillon once made a bear with sea buckthorn. It took me a while to figure out what precisely the cover was supposed to portray, from a distance I initially thought that it was supposed to be an art-deco-esque image of thorn paper but up-close it is a clearly birch tree, a highly culturally ingrained & common + very beautiful tree, common in that part of Europe. It pours a bright opaque cartoon / children vitamins orange, actually the colour strongly reminds me of persimmon’s, the head doesn’t stick around for long, its white and strongly resembles dishwashing liquid foam in on washing water. The smell is very sweet and strongly fruity, soft tangerines, lots of nectar, flowers, fruitiest American hops, soft mango & light exotic fruits. Taste is sweet apricot, tangerine & mango juice blended with sweet children’s aspirin & vitamins, orange flavoured, slight tang, very “other” / new fruits for me, must be the sea buckthorn, I though it was going to be a slight, maybe it is there, maybe it isn’t type of addition but this is hugely in your face, totally dominating, very special. I can totally see people getting turned off by this, this tastes like something that Freigheist would make, if you know what that means. Also picking up lemon peel and flowers in here, finish carries some floral bitterness but quite light with that aspirin / vitamin tang, some sweet candy also in the back and light herbs. Feels fuller and flatter body-wise. Seriously special stuff, took some getting in, that is one hell of a particular fruit but proof that fruit beers can be challenging and interesting and not just terrible alcopop’s where you can taste the artificial sweeteners. Fruit beers is unquestionably a style that I would like craft brewers to explore further.
angelkostvo (640) - CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 2, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Orange color, cloudy with no head. Aroma of pine, honey, passion fruit, bananas, pineapple. Taste is light sweet and massive bitterness (well balanced) throw the end, quite amazing actually. Light body , slick texture, soft carbonation. Wow this was great.
Kauge (198) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 6, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Stockmann in Tallinn (€ 3,95) in Oct 2014. Love the label. The beer pours a very (!) murky orange with a huge bubbly creamy head that laces and retains nicely. Call me a freak but I like how it looks. Nose is... oh wow... I’ve had it many times before but it always manages to hit a nerve... It’s potent with rich sea-buckthorn juice and sharp bitterness of juniper berries; it’s spicy, resinous, piney, bittersweet, biscuity... Taste is similar: beginning with succulent fruitiness, the harsh bitterness of juniper and sea-buckthorn takes over in a matter of milliseconds, bewildering the palate with the most thick and sticky hurricane of spiciness, numbing it just enough to make one reluctantly wish for another sip of this wild beast of a beer. It’s got a medium to full body, medium minus carbonation, and, as said, a sticky mouthfeel and a very long, bitingly bitter finish.
I fckn adore such freaks.
Must note that I also adore sea-buckthorn juice.
tyler_durden (116) - ITALY - JAN 11, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2013 Bottle @ Il pretesto. It pours hazy orange with a good white head on top. Aroma is orange/fruity and baltic berries. Taste is bitter and sour due by berries and hops. Very good ipa with an interesting fruity sourness.
davidm (1936) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 16, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Slowbeer. Nice nose and taste. Aromas of caramal, grain, peach. Taste is sweet, with light bitterness, long length. Palate is velvety, almost creamy, and medium bodied. Orange, with a frothy head.
hallinghansen (2072) - Odense S, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Hazy orange body with a medium offwhite head. Aroma is pineapple, peach, berries, pine. Flavor is hops, fruit, notes of berries, pomelo, pine, grass. Bitter end. Delicious.
toffeeslot (118) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy, hazy orange. Small, but tightly packed white head. Aroma is woody, with notes of spice, clove, orange, grapefruit, gin. Taste is hoppy, followed by a long bitter dryness. Sea buckthorn is at the front, juniper at the back. Nice mouthfeel, which dries the mouth, making it a very morish beer. Very good.
Senka (502) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2014 Bottle from Gambrinus, Tartu. Strong pine aroma, rather hoppy.. Orange, cloudy, medium carbonation. Sea-buckthorn gives that color, and juniper gives specific "pine" aroma. Full bodied beer, creamy, thick texture. This is quite interesting brew. I have not tried similar combination before. If you drink sea-buckthorn juice, than you will find plenty of that in this beer. As for juniper - In case of this beer I possibly would doubled the concentration for next brews. If you see the bottle of it somewhere - get it.
Update 16.02.14 - I think it is the third batch, that hit the taps. Much better than 2nd one, and as amazing as first one. Fill a bit thicker this time.
tderoeck (4923) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
10/I/13 - 33cl bottle from De Hopduvel @ home - BB: 1/X/14 (2013-9)
Very cloudy orange to beige beer. Big irregular white head, unstable, bit adhesive leaving a nice lacing in the glass. Aroma: very fruity, lots of sweet ripe exotic fruits, canned lychees, sweet pineapple, citrus, bit piny. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: lots of citrus, exotic fruit, lychee, passion fruit, mango, lemon zest, grapefruit. Aftertaste: piny bitter hops, grapefruit, almost medicinal bitterness, lots of zesty citrus, still a lot of exotic fruits. Wow, really good beer, this one!
82588 (5) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 18, 2013 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours a hazy, golden orange with a thin white head. Heavy citrus and pine needle notes on the nose. Taste is fantastic - big grapefruit hop kick with a lingering sweetness from the juniper berries. Rich mouthfeel with a lovely resinous finish on the palate. A delicious and interesting IPA that I will endeavour to drink again.