Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, - 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 you’ve just consumed.
A symphony of taste and vision. I agree with my esteemed colleagues and their reviews, Tuatara deserve thanks for this offering. Let’s dance.
PS: my tastebuds weren’t overwhelmed, just orgasming.
TBone (15911) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 5, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Evening Star, Brighton. Dark hazy amber color, good creamy off-white head. Riped tropical fruits and alcohol in the nose. Medium-bodied. Riped pineapple, peach and then citrus. Hop oily. Sweetish aftertaste. Quite heavy, even glueish.
mabel (8537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 24, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[8269-20160515] 500mL bottle. Grainy biscuit and leafy floral peat aroma. Hazy, orange brown body with a long-lasting creamy off-white head. Grainy boozy orange wood flavour. Medium-full body. Good but boozy. (7/3/7/4/15) 3.6
jercraigs (9681) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 19, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2016-05-15. Hazy orange body with a nice foamy off white head. 3++ Aroma of doughy biscuity malt. Muted hops. Flavour is hoppy, good amount of bitterness up front, moderate fruit blends with a fair bit of resinous hops. Muddled citrus has notes of pithy grapefruit seed and sweet lemon. Fruit grows as it warms but malt and moderate alcohol dominate over it. 7+ Average plus bodied palate, good carbonation.3+ decent. 7/4/7/3/16+ Bottle from Henry’s, Queenstown, NZ.
bobbysutts (19) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 22, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle. Soon as this is open I can smell citrusy goodness. Pour is pretty special with a mega looking head. Golden smoky appearance. Taste is citrus with malty tones. This is a super fresh find. Just arrived at the bottle shop. Gets my vote.
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jamestulloch (3287) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 7, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at The Hanging Bat. Murky amber body with a thick white head. Good lacing. Aroma of caramel and vine tomatoes. Flavour of grapefruit, melon, toffee and peppery hop spice with a bold, bitter finish. Medium to full body with a creamy mouthfeel. Soft fizz. It’s not particularly clean (this was the end of the keg, to be fair) but it’s absolutely loaded with hops and I like that.
Ktwse (3830) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear orange amber with a finger of white head. Aroma of resin, peach, apricot, lemon, nectarines, light caramel. Taste is mild fruit sweet before a resin bitter finish. Somewhat funky but enjoyable. Medium bodied and smooth with soft carbonation.
Theydon_Bois (16423) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg at the Queens Head, St Pancras, 21/04/16.
Golden orange with a decent off White head that retains well.
Nose is a touch farty, bitter orange, light pine, toasted bread, juicy citric peel.
Taste comprises caramel, pine needle, sticky tropicana, light mineral notes.
Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi aggressive hop bitterness in the close.
Luvystypotables (1559) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 9, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A superb aroma of citrus, grapefruit and hops, pours a clear dark Amber color with a lasting white head with nice lacing. A fruity taste, apricot, grapefruit and hops. A medium body slightly oily feel with a bitter slightly chalky finish.
nj_lee (25) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A super-hoppy sensation! Surprisingly palatable once you get over the initial massive hit of hops. A lovely complex flavour. A winner
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nihtila (2746) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 1, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg at The Hanging Bat. Pours slightly hazy amber. Nose is resinous hops, sweet caramel, fruits. Tastes citrus, resinous hops, fruits, light booze.