kevnic2008 (8660) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - AUG 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours an amber color with white head. Nose and taste of hops, citrus and caramel malt. Medium body.
motelpogo (7054) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle from getraenke oase in munich, 38th b’day drinks. lightly musky orange with a fluffy head; loads of banana hubba bubba in the aroma; some synthetic watermelon flavours - i still like this kind of german hop character but having a feeling that won’t last too long. could use a bit more bitterness to balance things out but stiill quite pleasant
bastarda (131) - Freiburg, GERMANY - JUN 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
shared with Bierle and Konfuzzi; nose: banana; taste: banana, overall: banana. Nice, refreshing beer - but an IPA?
Hugi (413) - Waldkirch, GERMANY - JUN 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Copper coloured, quite clear with a medium, dense head. Smell is hoppy, fruity (apricots, mango, tangarine) and a bit sour- but just a little bit of everything. Full bodied with a much more intense flavor than its aroma. Balanced bitterness and fizzy.
Ibrew2or3 (7158) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl bottle pours with a clear copper body that has thick gold edges and supports a light tan head of foam that leaves behind some spotty lacing. The aroma offers up a mix of malt sweetend banana and citrus as well as a dash of sweet berry or cherry notes. Hmm. The taste begins with an unmistakable banana ester note that tries to head into IPA territory with mild malt sweetened citrus and slivers of pine hops but it does not get there. It does however pave its own way into a smooth hoppy creamy mouth feel IPA / Hefe blend that I find rather pleasing. It ends both like a hefe with a smooth mouth feel and lingering muted banana but also with lingering malt sweetened pine and floral hoppiness. Very interesting take.
bartlebier (2069) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - APR 14, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
50cl bottle - bb 09/2014 from Getränke Oase München courtesy of bastarda - danke! Dull milky yellow with bright eggwhite foam. The "Erst riechen, dann genießen!" on the label proves an odd self-cancelling imperative: upon opening the bottle I am getting more Weizen banana than anything else...after pouring, maybe some further top-fermenting wheat esters like peach, and a chalky spent wheat quality. Taste proves to be where more subtle pleasures are hidden: tangerine zest, lemon grass bitter hop notes and fragrant ripe pear wheat notes compose its body, with some wavering soapy notes and an unbalanced hop-resinous and paper-dry finish. Could the mystery Bavarian hop (apart from DE-Spalter, DE-Cascade, Citra and Saphir) be Mandarina? Overall quite headstrong, if conflicted heavy (abv wafts when warming) Franconian India Pale Weizen in the walloping Bavarian crossover tradition of Schneider Weisse TAP 5.
Embrouille (2830) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 50cl. Yeasty resinous hoppy nose. Medium bodied. Good drinkability. Without major flaws. Definitely not my favorite from this brewery.
Bullit (4029) - Burgos, SPAIN - FEB 9, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle @ De Drie Dorstige Herten. Hazy orange colour with a white head. Nose is light malty, butter, slightest hint of hops. Flavour is malty buttery, light sour. Not the slightest near anything that can be called an ipa, overall a mediocre brew.
caesar (5403) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 8, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled @ DDDH, large sample. Slight hazy golden color, medium white head. Aroma of butter, bit grainy malt, some flowery hop. Bit bitter in taste. Not really an IPA and a bit too buttery. I was able to finish the bottle, so it’s not that bad, but not really good either.
MoritzF (8589) - Bochum, GERMANY - JAN 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) Cloudy, golden colour with a big and slightly off-white foamy head. Fruity and piney hoppy aroma with notes citrus, pineapples, peaches and a iodinic touch, accompanied by a mildly cara-malty background. Sweet-bitter flavour, medium bodied with a soft, almost “ungespundet” carbonation. Quite juicy (cara-)malty base with notes of banana and yeast, balanced by slightly drying fruity and piney hops; lasting sweet malty and mildly bitter hoppy finish. Thank god, not the usual IPA re-brew. 19.XII.13