oh6gdx (23030) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (shared by omhper, thanks!). Hazy amber colour with a mediumsized white foamy head. Aroma is fruity and floral and has some mild strawberries as well. Probably brewed on quite hard water too. Flavour is fruity, floral, bigtime bitter with some slight sweet malty and bready notes. Mild earthyness in the finish too.
omhper (21460) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, from The Drink Store, Dublin. Hazy amber, firm head. Concenrated grapefruit aroma. Mid sweet with medium body and well rounded mouthfeel. Lightly fruity with plenty of grapefruit and long finish with balanced bitterness. Thoroughly well made strong pale ale.
Cunningham (5761) - Halden, NORWAY - APR 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Hazy amber color with a white head that leaves some lacing.
Aroma: Fruity and hoppy.
Palate: Medium body. Moderate sweet and a fine bitterness. Soft carbonation.
Taste: Fruity and mild grape hoppy.
Overall impression: At the moment: My favourite Irish ale.
Personal stats: Handpull at Anchor Inn (Free)
in Birmingham, England.
Beersiveknown (4013) - 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.
culchiem (3050) - Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 5, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Clean amber with a thin head. Aroma is is grapefruit. Flavor is strong bitter, a little malt on a dry bittersweet finish.
garthicus (2808) - 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.
Japalo (1492) - DENMARK - JUN 17, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle@home. Amber haze. Two finger foam. Citrus floral Heather notes. Faint caramel bready flavours. Soft well carbonated. Dry finish. Very tasty ale.
ciaranc (1102) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 29, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Lovely murky amber red in colour, huge lasting foamy head, looks the business. Big malt sweetness in the aroma, bread, fruit, raspberry, strawberry. Flavour is a slight anti climax after the lovely nose, all malt, more fruit sweetness, but lack of hop bite and a touch watery. Soft carbonation, sweet, perhaps overly sweet and sugary in the finish. Finally an Irish APA with the requisite sweetness and they leave out the hops!
elbernays (922) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 31, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours murky amber. Summer fruits citrus nose. Flavour is sweet malts with a strong bitterness. Full body.
Beermack (725) - 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!