pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 29, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a fantastic beer: full bodied, good flavour, nice bitterness and amazing oily mouthfeel. This is an absolute must for hop heads!
Nysa67 (15) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 18, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Expecting something much more bitter at 167. Was not disappointed as this is an extremely delicious drop that was full of flavour but not excessively bitter. Very drinkable.
Ungstrup (29465) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. An amber beer with a thin beige head. The aroma has notes hops, caramel, and malt soup. The aroma has notes of hops, lemons, straw, caramel, and malt, leading to a very bitter finish.
ACD (651) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
65cl bottle from Redmondís of Ranelagh. Pours hazy orange/gold with thin white cap of foam and decent lacing. Aroma is a huge huge hit of hops - I mean huge. Loads of strong potent grapefruit, sweet tangerine, ripe tropical fruit (lots of mango and passionfruit), more delicate floral notes, spruce, pine resin, and a touch of sweet caramel malt. Smells bloody incredible. Taste doesnít quite hit the heady heights of the aroma but itís still impressive: a big mish-mash of citrus and tropical hop flavour (too much to really accurately pin down any specific flavours for more than a fleeting second) with some light caramel and an earth-shattering degree of resinous bitterness. This is one seriously bitter DIPA, no doubt about that. Alcohol can be detected as it goes down, fairly considerable booze warmth. Long tropical/pine aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel. There is nothing subtle about this hop-beast, itís a complete all-out assault on the senses (even comes with 3D Glasses for Christís sake) but one that I very much enjoyed.
BeerGeekconz (22) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
aroma: caramel, bread, resin, citrus. appearance: orange coper, clear, minimal head, white foam. taste: light sweetness, very bitter. Palate: light body, sticky, lively, bitter, long finish, astringent. Overall: A very hoppy IIPA, I love my IIPA big and hoppy but I also like some malt to balance, I know that this beer is as Carl intended but its not my favourite interpretation of the style although it will be to others. As the bottle says if you find yourself always saying it needs more hops, this is the beer for you.
Pdubyah (403) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 7, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
And surprise you can smell the hops and the bitterness they promise in spades. The beer is pale golden beer colour and a decent off orange head. Very grassy on the nose, nice carbonation, but, a fairly muted bitterness received, compared to what I expected. Iím getting a citrus tone in this as well, I could be making it up to impress you I know what Iím tasting of course, but I spy grapefruit and orange.
This is a bit of a nice thing, very difficult to deny itís bitter, but itís not grimace bitter it more a wry smile bitter, cunning bastards!
Rapture (3) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 16, 2012 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Probably my favourite beer atm. It is a seriously impressive beer. The 3D is gimicky, but very cool. The head is not great visually, but the aroma is superb. Rich fruity smell, very complex palate and a long dry finish. Note, itís 9%, you donít want more than two!
Jimthechap (1683) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is like David Bowie.
I thought I would blithely throw this out into the forum and then struggle to justify my assertion as it is late at night and I have had a few, but then pride and confidence have become resurgent and I can qualify my statement with just one point: it is phenomenal. David Bowie is a phenomenon (voted by two of my pub quizzes as the coolest man alive) and so is this. It appears innocuous enough, golden amber and some coarse whitish head and then you smell it: grapefruit and resinous Pacific NW hops. Amber, spruce and an assault of chlorophyll, orchard fruit, stonefruit and sharp marmalade aromas. God alone only knows what Tuatara paid for the hops.
Anyway, the flavour is deeply apricotty, orange peel, wild grasses and a lovely sherbet-like carbonation. Once this beastie has sat on the palate you get loads of sour and bitter. Grapefruit, goosberry, amber pine resins, orange peel and a full noseful of what youíve just consumed.
A symphony of taste and vision. I agree with my esteemed colleagues and their reviews, Tuatara deserve thanks for this offering. Letís dance.
PS: my tastebuds werenít overwhelmed, just orgasming.
omega (703) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 12, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tuatara need to be commended for this beer as it is one of the best I have tried. While aggressively hoppy at 167 IBU (which I would contest) it has a smooth sweetness that carries the beer. A little alcoholic on the finish, but I am nitpicking on a fine specimen of a beer. Extra points given for 3D glasses that accompany the beer.
Spud69 (21) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Malthouse, Huge Tropical aroma and taste heavy bitterness great beer