stjamesgate (57) - IRELAND - AUG 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 27.Feb, BBD 25.May Dark amber with rimming, pocked parchment head. Dried orange rind and sap nose. Dark toast with a hint of chocolate them papaya, tangelo and pineapple juice hops. Flower nectar finish and pithy linger. Medium, chewy, oily, some wheaty cream. --Tropical fruit, all right, but stewy more than bright. Not sure if that’s it being past expiry date (which is ambitiously short) or just by design. Marris Otter and Munich together makes this butter and round. Interesting combo of Nugget, Simcoe, and Mosaic, but it just doesn’t come together.
Benzai (8064) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle [from trade with minutemat] @ weekly tasting shared with Dutchdrebus. Slightly unclear orange color, average sized white head that diminishes quite quickly but leaves fair lacing. Aroma is malts, hops, piney. Taste malts, hops, pine, slightly resin, fruity, nicely bitter. Medium body and carbonation. Very nice!
DutchDrebus (3956) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUL 31, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ benzai. Hazy amber colour with a medium sized off-white head. Smells hops, very fruity, fresh. Lovely scent. Tastes hoppy, fruity, fresh, bitter, hint of resin.. Pretty nice ipa! Medium body, soft carbo.
Osprey87 (1578) - WALES - JUL 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled Feb 2014. Nice bottle. The beer is an opaque hazy brick red / orange, small white head. Aroma is bad. Wet sticks, popadom, vegetal, compost bin. Ergh. Body is medium, some spritz, a little foamy. Taste is much, much better than the aroma - though that wouldn’t be difficult. Lemon, sweet caramel, slight sherbet.
madmitch76 (14671) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
6th July 2014
Very hazy amber beer, tidy pale cream coloured head. Palate is smooth with fine carbonation. Light malt with a little sweet cream. Light hops - ripe orange whisper of some Sorachi like lemon, Light dry finish. Not bad but the hops could be punchier.
allmyvinyl (3085) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 30, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
330ml bottle from Great Grog. Pours clear amber, thin white head. Aromas are quite light, lime, mandarin, not much else. Taste brings a little maltiness, but only a faint tropical bitterness. Really not much going on here, more like a souped-up bitter than an IPA.
Scopey (6651) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Corks of Cotham. It pours dark amber with a medium off-white head. The nose is sweet pineapple, tangerine, persimmon, earth, pine and varnish. The taste is bitter-sweet, earthy, spice, varnish, pine, resin, roasted pineapple, nectarine and orange peel with a dry finish. Touch of alcohol in the background. Medium body and fine carbonation. Perhaps a touch sweet, but very nice nonetheless.
downender (6176) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Corks of North Street. Copper coloured and hazy with a decent, beige head. Aroma of lime and mango, with an earthy malt kick that verged on the spicy. Full-bodied flavour, with blood orange and bruised apricots, dense, almost rye like malts and a dryish finish with a whiff of pine. A lot going on and enjoying to drink.
Garrold (1210) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Archer Road Beer Stop, Sheffield. Lumpy, amber colour. Film and persistent halo of amber head. Raspberry jam. Grapefruit marmalade. Ginger. All very sweet. Taste is jammy sweet. A little spiciness. Light bitter. Palate is chewy and oily. Fine carbonation adds to the chewiness. Finish is light bitter. Nice enough, but needs a dollop more bitterness for me.
johninmelb (1126) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose is limeade and Sunnyboys with a gently ameliorating spice note - a touch clovey. Pours a slightly hazy medium amber with a strong, fluffy head. The flavour is interesting - juicy and fat with hops but low on the traditionally accompanying bitterness. Sweetness and sunshine come through - sweet orange, Sprite, a touch of acacia honey. Then, just in time, a bit of staunch bitter backbone comes through at the end - a hint of pepper, a dash of spice. Very nice.