garthicus (2712) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Bomber. Appearance: Dark brown/red medium off white head. Aroma: Grassy hops, sweet, a little malty with caramel. Not the hop profile I’d expect from an APA, light grapefruit detected. Flavour: Big spicy flavour up front, quite an aggressive maltiness with a big sweetness running throughout. Chewy mouthfeel with a long spicy finish.
ACD (661) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl bottle. Pours amber/copper with big fluffy white head that lasts brilliantly; loads of lacing throughout. Aroma is grapefruit (although not as much as I'd like) and plenty of caramel malt, few earthy/woody hop notes in there too. Taste is certainly grapefruit-oriented, plenty of pithy lip-puckering citric hop notes. Some orange peel too. The malt character is again fairly heavy handed, with plenty of caramel and bready flavours coming through. Bit of pine resin in the aftertaste and a nice citric hop zing. This is pretty well balanced US-inspired ale, but it's lacking something in my eyes. Could do with a bit more hop character. To be fair, this is good, but I'm dying for an Irish brewer to have a go at brewing a nice crisp, dry, seriously hoppy pale ale/IPA - the wait goes on!
Beersiveknown (3158) - NORTHERN IRELAND - NOV 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home courtesy of drinkstore, thanks! Chestnut brown (not pale!) fluffy white head. Pineapple and grapefruit on the nose, gentle carbonation, sharp citrus, ginger, balancing malt. A lovely strong bitter.