BeerViking (3103) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On keg tap at Pig’s Ears in Richmond. dark gold with a thin clingy head, aromas of hops, a little pine and lemon, and some yellow fruity malt. Lightish bodied with a firm but not excessive bitterness that’s well balanced by biscuit and faintly peach malt notes. Very nice, though more a golden ale than an IPA perhaps.
kschep (1706) - DENMARK - APR 24, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
#1438 Bottle; nose Is decent dry, bitter hops, dry licorice, weak grape, some pine, feel Is mediumwatery, carb Is medium, taste is pilsner malt, grass, some lime, later urinal cakes
BlackHaddock (4867) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle, best before Feb 2011, drank and reviewed in Jan 2011. Poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard.
Pale amber, tangerine orange in colour, good white head on top, which left behind some good lacing.
Floral hoppy aroma, some semi-sour citrusy notes as well (pink grapefruit and lemons?).
The taste is citrus fruit bitter, with a drying hop aftertaste. No malt content found in the flavour or smell.
Almost too well carbonated, slightly fizzy if a large mouthful is taken, less so in smaller sips.
Easy to drink and a fine example of a British IPA.
craftycarl21 (2295) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 11, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask at Churchkey for the Williams Brothers dinner. Pours a cloudy, hazy light straw, small bubbly head. Nose of biscuit, bread, and english grassy hop profile. The flavor brings caramel malt and more buttered toast. Eh.
JulienHuxley (4136) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - APR 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nice gold copper pour with white foam, clear. Good hoppy aroma, not spectacular but fresh and clean citrusy-piney (cascade?) aroma with notes of english malts and ale yeast. There are a few flaws in flavour, a bit of cooked veggies but overall pretty good, good finishing bitterness, soft malty sweetness. Palate is a little watery and low carbonation but still sufficient. Not bad, definitely an Isles beer.
TheCametron (2086) - CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pale golden amber with a white foamy head. Citrus/grassy hops on a light, caramel hop bedrock. An entirely drinkable beer.
puboflyons (2497) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 24, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From the 500 ml. bottle marked Dec 2012. The pour is pale yellow with good clarity and a moderate foamy cream colored head. The aroma is actually very subtle with a mellow maltiness and a slight aroma of cantaloupe. The body is light to medium. The taste is moderately bitter and not overly hopped, which is how I think traditional IPA’s should taste.
olio (7430) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 18, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
50 cl bottle @ Edinburgh hotel room.
Rated on 20110728.
Pours clear golden color with small head. Aroma of fruits and grass. Flavor of dry hay, fruits and malts. Boring.
Tomethy (33) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours pleasant gold. Nose at first seemed like Cascade- hoppy notes seemed to have died down and smells more of sweetcorn, but not in such a bad way. Taste is more that of a pale ale than an IPA. Touch of lime and Calpol and a film of lingering sweetness at the end. OK.
BBB63 (6426) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 15, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (with a far cooler label than displayed here) and served in Bells Tulip: Poured a slight hazy golden hue with a mostly fading head and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of mild citric and herbal hop esters, golden promise malting, and a touch of heather, honey and earthiness. The taste offers a balanced but underwhelming profile (by Yankee standards), more akin to an APA than what I considered an IPA over here. Since the Scots have started to build a reputation for more brash beers (at least Brew Dog has), I was expecting more from this.... anyway as I was saying this is nicely balanced and would be a nice summer session brew, nothing wrong with that.