Khaggerty118 (69) - Olney, Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
FINALLY. Ive been living in the West Coast in NZ for the past 4 months and FINALLY I found a worthy beer to buy from the local mart. The shelves are just packed with run of the mill working class ales. This beauty has the power and flavor of an extra IPA without being over bearing or too harsh (as my gf remarks about the double trouble). I personally prefer the double trouble, but this one has more mass appeal.
sm89walt (1846) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg - Pomeroy’s, Christchurch. A clear golden amber with a fine, creamy white head with fair retention. Slightly tart mid fruits and yeast complexities with grassy, leafy hop characters and hints of a pale malt sweetness. Light to medium body, medium carbonation with a finish of fine length pledged between subtly sour fruit and gently bitter hop notes. Perhaps a bit ’grubby’ but in an acceptable way and it’s certainly quaffable enough.
Beersiveknown (4664) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAR 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle at home from dicey o’reillys, BBE june 2013
hazy pale amber with fluffy white head. lovely lemon pith and herbal hops on the nose, subdued now perhaps but i reckon would be lovely fresh. medium bodied, fairly dry bitterness, some gooseberry nelson sauvin character and perhaps motueka too. Lovely stuff and wish i’d tried it when i had the chance in NZ.
TheNucleator (21) - NEW ZEALAND - JAN 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great warm, malty aromas from the bottle and American hops. Pours clear with good sized head. Light caramel head and honey amber colour. Great malt and hop flavours as promised by the aroma. A touch of bitterness and overall well balanced with great body and mouth feel.
Herzog_Wilhelm (31) - Bavaria, GERMANY - JAN 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Now with 5.8% and it also comes in a very cool bottle with a "Sauron-Eye crown cap". Good looking ale with a distinctive hoppy smell. Lots of citrus and bitter hops make it "californian" or "American", but I’ve had lots of british and even german IPA’s with a similiar complexity - so nothing i could clearly identify as "American". But nevermind, it tastes great, not exaggerated and it is well balanced.
bgb1991 (131) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 28, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2015 re rate for Keg- Big floral aroma and some piney hops as well. Head disappears a bit quickly leaving a very carbonated amber body. Taste is silky, creamy, and spicy mainly from carbonation. Big on crisp finishing hops very dry finish. Finish is a little thin and watery. Good beer not great.
TheBeardyOne (2) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2013 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice off white head. Pours a lovely Amber color. Fruity hoppy aroma with a similar flavor. Hint of malt with a lingering bitterness.
NBird (598) - Perth, West Australia, AUSTRALIA - OCT 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Looks.. Rich solid amber, sml-med off white head. Smells..tropical fruits and grapefruit citrus, a little grassy piney too. Tastes.. Fruity and citrus hop flavours, a little soapy a little bit of caramel before good dose of bitterness.
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The head is good, the body light. It smells sweet, hoppy, aromatic.. The taste is hoparomatic, bit malty. Taste is hoparomatic, fruity, bit creamy, nice!
DKL (46) - NEW ZEALAND - OCT 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Citrus / resin aroma. Bold hops, floral aromas are moderate. Good bitterness and full-bodied flavour. A bit light on malt balance.