sm89walt (1816) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask - White Cliffs Festival, Dover. Poured a dark amber with a slight haze and a fine, short and foamy off-white head. Dark fruit aromas, some zesty acidity, some earthy and a bit of yeastiness. Dark and earthy on the tongue with a touch of yeast and orange, citric acidity. Smooth on the palate with light carbonation and dry, lingering bitterness.
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 8, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours deep amber. Rocky large white head that disappears fairly slowly. Heaps of lacing that seem to hang around forever. Solid, though not overpowering resiny hop bitterness nicely balanced by a sweet malt backbone. Flavours show plenty of malt, caramel and resiny hops. Quite bitter on the finish though no where near as aggresive as a US IPA. The balance seems to be pretty spot on in my opinion. Could easily have a couple of these. Great balance.
Alphadelic (1922) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 27, 2010
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
Bright orange with a clinging foam. Dainty swirrls of bubbles wind up the glass. Aromas of wet animal, pear drops and foundation (as in make-up) with big overtones of trash juice. Nasty. In the mouth it is bland but powerful cereal is there, very dusty. Really rather horrid. Rancid in fact.
jnelson_22 (118) - Heerlen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one is a copper color (which I feel is a little dark for an IPA) with a lingering, soft, white head. Hops and light fruit like apple and pear domionate the nose with a hint of sulfur. The taste leads with bitter fruitiness followed by sweet malt and finishing bitter with lingering hops. Despite the complex flavors in this one, I find it to not be very drinkable.
Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 20, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours clear amber/copper with a nice foamy white head. Nose is typically English, marmalade & caramel/toffee malt with floral/grassy hops. Palate is rather creamy with a decent amount of carb. Caramel malt gives way to big grassy/earthy hop bitterness & maybe a touch sulphery. Pretty robust finish & easy to see why this is a classic English ipa. Though am surprised by the high carb & could maybe do with a touch more on the midpalate.
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours slightly hazy golden orange with a lasting, foamy off-white head. Aroma is malty, with notes of caramel, citrus and nuts. Flavour is quite similar, the emphasis on the malty, nutty, woody notes as well as some more subtle fruity hops. Medium bodied, with a fair bit of carbonation and a long, bitter finish. Very nice English IPA, was expecting something more aggressive but this is just about right.
madmitch76 (18127) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
6th August 2008. Pineapple and mango sweetness. Dry finish but no real bitterness. Unusually sweet for the style.
Embrouille (2831) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 31, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 50cl. It pours a hazy, surprisingly dark beer with a huge foamy head. Very nice malt profile. Fruity with hints of lemon peel and papaya. Good bitterness. Nice balance. A lot of honey and Christmas pudding showing up on the swallow leading to a dry finish which is reminiscent of papaya, honey and malt. Very good.
mcdav2154 (449) - GERMANY - OCT 17, 2009
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle says IPA therefore I thought I was getting an IPA. This is as floral as an IPA should be but it’s a good non offensive smell. Taste was o.k. I got some biscuit which isn’t horrible but not my favorite. Just not as expected. Still a decent beer.
sound67 (459) - Offenbach, GERMANY - SEP 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2009 50cl bottle. Hazy copper colour (biottle-conditioned "real ale"), big, foamy white head that sticks to the glass. Aroma of oranges and raisins. Citrus fruit, hops and malt are well-balanced to create a rounded, medium-bitter flavour, with a lasting but not excessive bitter aftertaste. Add the low carbonation and what you get is an excellent ale that is drinking very nicely. It actually says "IPA" on the label, but the hops aren’t dominant enough for it to qualify as such. Still, as a bitter it’s highly satisfactory!