Spab (2143) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a fairly clear orange/amber with good-sized, slightly off-white head. Aroma is toast, light caramel and minerals. Flavour is fairly minerally, definite caramel and toasted grain presence with a little fruity character. Solid, but doesn’t really come across as an IPA hop-wise even in a British way.
Sammy (8095) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2014
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
More of an English pale ale. Bottle from LCBO. A bit cheese in aroma, and gummy in taste. Still, smooth and a hoppy finish.Thicker mouthfeel.
Finn (3759) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
NWAF 25 Jan 13. Gyldenbrun. 0 skum. God aroma av mørk frukt. Smaken er syrlig frukt. Litt pepper. Behagelig. Blir litt søt - så syrlig igjen. Avslutter tørt. Innholdsrikt.
TheJester (1728) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 mL bottle. Definitely a solid, well constructed beer, but not what I expected from the iconic British IPA. I had imagined that it would be stronger, hoppier (in a British way), a little rougher around the edges. What this is is a well balanced, moderately hopped, very drinkable beer. Nothing wrong with it at all.
Namlig (7) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2014 does not count
3.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a classic, the last tangible connection to 1800’s IPA in the sense that it has been made continually since then. Good, natural English flavours, with the mineral note many English pale ales have especially connected to Burton (although Wells IPA, say, shows a similar trait).
I must say too it is consistent, reminding me a lot of the one I first tasted in the 1980’s (except then it seemed to have a more pronounced banana note, almost Belgian).
I like and respect it but I wish the hop rate was higher and somehow I’d guess it was a lot higher in the 1820’s. But we should be glad it is still here.
StuffWine (117) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured copper-amber, clear with carbonation, and good slightly yellow head that lasted very well. Aroma sought me before I sampled directly; malty and almost balanced by spicy hops, inviting. Taste a wall of malts blending to robust hopps bitterness, the right amount for a classic/true IPA. Finish is very long and clean, medium bodied, mouthfeel reminds me of english bitter. Very nice and honest beer.
Beerhunter111 (5636) - Hasborn, GERMANY - FEB 16, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein orange bernsteinfarbenes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch nach Citrus, Blumen. Geschmack sehr malzig, fruchtig herb, leicht nach Kräutern.
darkseduction (573) - Zweibrücken, GERMANY - FEB 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pint-Flasche von Bierzwerg.de. Rötlich-blondes Bier mit schmaler aber dauerhafter Schaumkrone. Harzig-zitronige Hopfen in der Nase. Leicht säuerliche Anklänge, Caramellmalz, Toffee, Pfeffer, Nüsse. Überraschend komplex, vermisse aber etwas die Hopfenkeule.
s_hartshorne (644) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle Morrisons. Hazy orange amber colour foamy white head slight lacing. Aroma is weak hops. Taste is well balanced some malts with spicy hop bitter finish. Medium body quite strong carbonation. Ok but no where near enough hops for me in an IPA and too much carbonation.
Stout4stout (6) - neath, WALES - JAN 31, 2014 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very good IPA, a little more malt and a little les hop than my personal preference.