mcberko (5228) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 17, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.2 oz. bottle, split with Matts_Property, pours murky orange with a small head. Very fruity aroma of peaches, dried apricot, mango and citrusy hops. Flavour is more bitter and hoppy than the nose suggests, though the very fruity presence is still there. Mango, peaches and apricots form the body underneath some potent resinous hops, with then linger on and on. Wonderful IIPA.
Matts_Property (831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 17, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.2oz bottle split with mcberko. Pours a cloudy brown amber. Aroma of caramel and citrus fruit. Flavour the same with hints of peach and apricot, with a nice bitter kick at the end. Incredibly smooth and silky. Really good.
Embrouille (2788) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: A huge amount of pink grapefruit marmelade showing up in the nose. Hop accented, citrusy, piney with juniper berries sneaking in. Mouthwatering, wonderful and remarkably inviting.
Appearance: It pours a beautiful hazy copper beer with a small, nicely lasting creamy light beige head which leaves a beautiful lace.
Taste and palate: Complex, full bodied. Very fruity (especially pink grapefruit). Subtle carbonation. Great malt back. Good bitterness. Slightly peppery on the swallow, leading to a long dry finish which is reminiscent of pine, nasturcium, elderflower, grapefruit and orange.
Overall impression: A top notch double IPA with plenty of character. Impressive and really delicious.
Bov (8989) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
courtesy of Laurent Mousson - hazy amber colour with a moderate head retention; a solid hoppy aroma with notes of strawberries and tea; full-bodied and with a subtle carbonation; a solid bitterness; very long hoppy aftertaste of red fruits and flowers with notes of caramel and with a lingering bitterness - very nice stuff indeed! And dangerously drinkable ...
fiulijn (13445) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 3, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2011 2011-05-05, bottle from Artisanale Bières Belges, Crissier, bb 2012-01, 8-5-8-5-17=43
Cloudy dark amber color; medium-sized head, of which a thin layer is persistent. The aroma, besides the obvious fruity hops, has a cheesy component. Great body balance, where malts that are only medium-sweet meet the sweaty and fruity hops; in the final, where the hop resins just prevail on the malt and fruits, is now possible to notice a light astringency as well. The bitterness is high but not so apparent.
2011-04-03, bottle from Artisanale Bières Belges, Crissier, bb 2012-01, 8-4-8-5-17=42
The cap is not very tight, so the carbonation is low and there is little head; it pours a hazy amber color.
The aroma has great balance between fruity and sweaty hops.
The mouthfeel is mellow, and the flavor is a great combination of sweet malts and fruity hops, almost orange and apricot jam.
The bitterness is never too much here.
2011-02-19, bottle from Artisanale Bières Belges, Crissier, bb 2012-01, 8-4-8-5-16=41
Cloudy orange-amber color; the head is not very persistent. The aroma is nice, hoppy, fruity (mango and apricots), and malty (sweet). The flavor is clearly malty-sweet, with a strong bitterness, bringing not only a fruity character but also resiny, and the resins are more evident in the final. Powerful and balanced candy beer.
2010-11-13, bottle from La Mise en Bière, Lausanne, bb 2012-01, 8-5-8-4-15=40
Hazy dark amber color; beautiful compact head. The aroma is very nice, with fruity hops and malts; strong, perfumy, with a vein of cheesy yeast. It has a good body structure, with a strong caramel and toffee flavor, well balanced by the fat hops, resiny, but apparently fading, still well fruity; a bit spicy. The final is bold, juicy sweet bitter and fruity; very long. The light cheesy note doesn’t speak for freshness, but it’s a very enjoyable beer.
2010-10-03, bottle from La Mise en Bière, Lausanne, bb 2012-01, 8-5-7-4-15=39
Beautiful color, amber, bright and hazy, with a thin creamy head. Nice but not strong hop notes, with a light fruity accent (apricot jam), followed by comforting caramel aroma; there are also shades from a musky yeast, interesting. Good body structure; it has bold caramel and toffee flavor; the bitterness is strong, but correctly balancing the residual sugars; the hops are juicy, a bit fruity and resiny; the final is good, bold as well, but a bit tiring. I also start enjoying drier examples...
A good brew, globally able to stand proudly, and, most of all, a pioneering rarity in the country.
Unfortunately, the beer was distributed to retailers only 4 months after brewing (June 9th), and some/most of the hop character may have gone; we wait for a new, fresh batch!
nearbeer (3380) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 18, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 oz. Small haze on the copper body and a lasting creamy film of foam above. Aroma is earthy orange, caramel liqueur, and light oak. Flavor is plum, orange caramel, honeycomb, cereal grain, peach, cherry liqueur, and a nice bittering of grapefruit, resin and wood. Light-medium body is smooth, well-balanced, slightly oily and has some alcohol warmth. This one takes a while for the flavors to develop, even at room temperature; very complex.
derA (4) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - NOV 17, 2013 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Quickly vanishing yellowish head, amber opaque with lots of small bubbles.
Ooddly flat nose, hints of citrus gras. Alcohol and bread smell is present behind wall of hops.
Sharp, citrussy hop-laden aroma. Rather fizzy carbonation immediatly present on the tip of the tongue. Sadly not as floral as expected. Malty, full-mouthed middle complexity. And full-on complex hoppy aftertaste, retro-nasal lemongrass with hints of pineapple and caramel.
Quite a joy to drink due to its changing flavor profile and long lasting astringent aftertaste.
bhensonb (10215) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Brewforia. Pours darkish hazy orange gold with a foamy beige head. Aroma seems floral and fruity. Med plus body. It starts with sweet caramel but then a whole lot of floral and fruity hop overwhelms that. Not harshly bitter and there’s a brown sugar component, but it’s well or over matched. Good stuff, possibly with a little heat. Hard to be sure if it’s hop or heat.
HerrKrinkle (9) - Montreux, SWITZERLAND - SEP 6, 2013 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Not over-the-top, well-balanced between the citrus and hop flavors. The typical barnyard feel is not as overwhelming as in the typical DIPAs. Very pleasant and almost an everyday DIPA.
kiwianer (3306) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The head is ok, body orange. It smells fruity, hoppy, intensive,aromatic. The taste is fruity, aromatic, hoppy, malt intensive.