OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
0.5L bottle@The White Horse at Parsons Green, London. A firm yellow-blond top, over a clear deep amber colored body. A fresh smell of jammy oranges. A whiff of flowers and spices too, and tones of honeyed malts. Nicly balanced fruity/malty flavor. Ripe citrus and gently sweet, toasted malts. Mild bitterness in the backbone. Smooth, almost creamy in the mouth. Medium body strenght. Balanced bitterish fruity and malty ending. Great stuff!
AndrewC (353) - Canterbury, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle conditioned. Smells of resin. Copper brown colour. Nice mellow wood resins and pepper. Powerful stuff. Quite a rough peppery finish. Quite nice.
andsled (24) - Durham, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Since the bottle states this is an IPA, Andsled was comparing this to other IPA’s but a better comparison would be with strong bitters as per the classification on this site. Slightly sour in taste - definitely hints of raspberry in the after taste. A pleasant drink without being outstanding
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tommann (3216) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazy orange with a large frothy head. Aroma is
a metallic, bready orange. Taste is bready to start. Bready malt finish with some orange on the aftertaste. Very lively.
dynamiteninja (1791) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2011 Bottle conditioned. Thick tight white head which lasts. Fizzy amber body. Tangerine, marmalade, a little yeast, spicy hops, fruits. Astringent. Strong carbonation, dry finish, Soft mouthfeel. A quality beer. 8 4 8 4 14. Bottled conditioned. Medium white head, which dissipates to a uneven thinnish head. Crystal clear amber body. Christmas, flowery aromatic hops, fruity, alcohol, green apples, chalk, calcium carbonate. Bittersweet. Dry finish. Moderate carbonation. Really refreshing. 8 4 7 4 14
davidm (2051) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 9, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 500ml. Great beer. Aromas of caramel and pine. Taste starts sweet, with light bitterness taking over for a long finish. Palate is silky, and medium bodied. Brown, with a head that disappears.
Grima (2230) - Merzkirchen, RLP, 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 (17473) - 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.