batneil (617) - - DEC 12, 2012
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice hoppy taste, but not as hoppy as claimed. Pale golden colour, slightly fizzy. Had some at the Fiddlerís Arms in Edinburgh.
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Bitter and faintly metallic nose with some hoppy spice but not as much as the label would suggest. Pours orange with a weak white head. Flavour is more of the same - following the nose with some pleasing hop astringency but mainly metallic sharpness and an astringent finish that delivers unbalanced bitterness rather than pleasant fruity, spicy moreishness. Had better.
zimbo (899) - SCOTLAND - DEC 2, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Initiailly unspectacular in the class. Golden and clear to the eye with some reeasonable frothy head but no beading. Focused, spiky and some peppery bitterness with some intensity which is reasonablty sustained. There is a marmalade and ginger quality to about it as well though none of these are especially forward. Subtle, but it does grow on you.
rauchbier (3800) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, from Beverley Garden Centre. Gold, thin shortlived white head and gentle condition. Delicate sweet malt and restrained hop resin in the nose, quite fruity initially in the mouth with hints of blackcurrant then a building dry bitterness carrying with it a solid earthy hoppiness, bitter and fruity finish with peppery hop resin lingering with a slight blackcurrant tang.
Stuartyboy (1435) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - NOV 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear golden beer (bottle) best served slightly below room temperature strong flavour of grapefruit with bitter sweet hoppy finish
yespr (40417) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From cask at The Henglerís Circus. Pours clear and golden yellow with a small white head. Aroma is mild fruity, light hoppy, peachy. Smooth peachy, little downplayed, hoppy. Citrusy and mellow. Mild sweet and smooth fruity finish. Easy to drink.
The_Reviewist (2) - Penicuik, SCOTLAND - NOV 6, 2012 does not count
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Joker is a contradiction. It slides from the bottle with a cheeky burp and for the brightness of the amber colour and from the carbonation youíd be forgiven for thinking someone slipped Irn Bru into your beer bottle.
Holdís a passable head as well. Admit it, youíre probably already curious.
The aroma doesnít knock you out, in fact itís subtle almost hidden under the usual metallic bottling process hues. But itís there, a grapefruit, on a stick waiting to clock you soundly in the middle of the tongue. There are hints of dry summer earth and when it hits the tongue thereís a relaxing smooth drench of hops that doesnít boot the points out of your face. The overall effect is a sweetly bitter and highly quaffable flavour that hits the chest with itís fullness while the liquid itself marks the palate just on the slicker side of being mildly oily for an IPA.
It lingers on the tongue but not unpleasantly, with a closing quietness.
Overall itís a nicely mild and drinkable IPA with some cheeky charms but nont of the character to deliver on the original promise.
wlajwl (5772) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - OCT 7, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is a mix of citrus and a hint of piney hops. The flavor is grapefruit, malts, sugar and a slight hop resin/bitterness in the finish.
Palme (4120) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 4, 2012
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
0.5l bottle. Crystal clear and golden in color, and it has a small quickly sidesticking bubbly off-white head. Lotís of zesty fruits on the aroma. A bit of yeast as well and it also has a light vegetal tone with hints of sweet caramel. OK I guess. Really watery both in taste and texture and itís low to average on the carbonation. Really soapy and almost a bit artificial in taste. Dry with a near astringent finish with some faint fruity and hoppy hints. Not my kind of English style IPA. 05.09.2012
nick76 (4379) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The aroma is very sweet and malty with light grassy hops. The appearance is golden with a small head. The taste is like aroma with a bit of paper. The palate is average. Overall nice but nothing special.