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 (5976) - 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 (2773) - 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 (629) - 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 (1699) - 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.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours copper with a white head. Smells of wildflowers, grassy, some caramel. Tastes lightly spicy and semi sweet with a hint of sweet citrus, some spicy notes, earthy, some tea.
jaghana (5488) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - JUL 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 50cl. A yellow-amber beer lightly cloud with medium head. Smell on hops and caramel like. Aroma is on sweet malt, caramel, and nice hop character. Bitterness is present but without the heavy citrus aroma from US IPAs. Well balanced with a grassy and metallic finish, this IPA is nice and well drinkable.
LordDrachen (116) - reggio emilia, ITALY - MAY 9, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Excellent IPA. White persistent head for a red ale. Aroma: malt, herbs, toast, fruits, and a bit caramel. Taste: medium sweetness and bitterness. Mouthfeel: Low to medium astringency and carbonation. Medium body. Good balance.
delnoche (504) - Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA - APR 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
50cl bottle poured into a shaker. Cloudy copper with ample, lasting, creamy white head. Aroma is sublte and incredibly complex; floral hops, maple, caramel, cereal, brown sugar, biscuit, honey, strawberry, slight metal, ever so slight musty basement. Flavor is nearly as complex; floral hops, biscuit, caramel, sweet fruits, slight metal. Medium to high carbonation. Thin body. Lasting bitter finish. A very interesting, enjoyable beer. Not quite a session brew but I think I would enjoy two or maybe even three of these at once.
bmeup (638) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - APR 19, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml Bottle. Pours amber/orange with puffy cream head. Floral hoppy aroma. Sweet malt & light bitterness. Medium body. Well ballanced IPA and very English.