Grima (2213) - Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - DEC 12, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml, bought at Auchan Market in Luxembourg City. The beer in glass is dark-orange with a flat crown. The smell is bitter-hoppy, grapefruit-like, subtle, pleasantly spicy. Thebeer starts bitter-hoppy, subtly cooked vegetables, cabbage-like. This flavor fades but quite fast, and the spicy-malty bitter taste takes the upper hand. Towards the middle it gets a little roasty-malty. The aftertaste reverberates long bitter, but everything has its limits, so it still remains a fairly mild IPA. The finish will be even slightly sweet. Well balanced, mild IPA!
25197047 (1) - Barnstaple, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2010 does not count
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I’ve tried several newer bottles of this beer and was pleasently impressed, and a few years ago a friend found a bottle from 1982 - this is certainly a beer that improves with age, and if the new bottles are brewed in the same way as back in the 80’s i’d certainly like to stash a few bottles in the cellar and wait 20 years!
ndon (857) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the Dockyard in Newcastle. Pours a clear copper with a medium white head. Slight grassy hop aroma, and nice floral notes. Some spice, some citrus and a nice even malt.
Leighton (15383) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Euston Tap, London. Pours cloudy amber with a fine film head. Light malt aroma with vegetal and spicy hops. Flavor has mild sweetness, yeast and slight, earthy bitters, along with faint metallic notes. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Finishes lightly bitter with faint caramel malts. Overall uninspiring. One of the guys I shared this bottle with (a highly respected London beer blogger) said the beer needed more time. As it was, I found it average at best. I even felt like it had a macro-produced character to it, and this was before I knew it was a brewed by a subsidiary of a giant. I just need to try an older bottle, I suppose.
rubbishystuff (2112) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this several times quite a while ago before the Coors or Museum take over. It really liked it back then. Would be interested to see if it was the same. Serving: Bottle
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 16, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle. Copper coloured and crystal clear. Tall creamy off-white head that clings to the glass. Earthy hoppy aroma with a nutty character. Hints of red berries, like red currants and raspberry. Plums and grass. Leathery malty flavours balanced by a dry and bitter finish. Nicely balanced beer with interesting flavours. Not particularly similar to contemporary IPAs.
olsvammel (4727) - Örebro, SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2010
1.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle. It looks ok and tasted ok, but the taste was horrible. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, but there was definitely something off. A wierd kind of stingy bitterness that didn’t match with the rest of the flavours. Very unbalanced with a harsh mouthfeel. Not very enjoyable and I ended up leaving most of the beer at the pub.
Davros (2460) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark amber approaching copper with an amazing large lasting head.
Nose is light and refreshing at first with soft earthy, resinous and spicy hops. Not a huge amount of malt but whats there shows cookie-dough and almost bready characters.
Flavours close follow the aromas but with more malt noticeable and a powerful hoppy bitterness, quite lengthy.
Carbonation is too high, a distraction from the malt.
The Etruscan (583) - Tuscany, ITALY - JUL 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Off white foamy head. Dark amber colour. Aroma is malty with fruity (prunes), light caramel and hoppy notes. Flavor is moderately malty with light fruity tones, ending in a moderately bitter, gently wooden finis. Light to medium bodied.
tdtm82 (1404) - Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A great traditional IPA. Golden orange in texture but a bit too cloudy for my liking in the appearance. A nice fruity; maybe mango and strawberries amognst the carmael body and the surprisingly notable alcohol. Drinkability is moderate but the beer is very solid. I am enjoying this. It can also be aged too. This was supermarket bought so suspect the ratings would be improved on cask.