mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 17, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Explosive head on an orange body. Fruity hop aroma. Creamy flavour then a light woody bitterness. Some unresolved alcohol in the finish. Not bad without being great.
TC2642 (265) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. A very fruity aroma. Smooth malt taste leading to a dry bitterness. All the better for being bottle conditioned. I would buy this again. Not an IPA more a Pale Ale. Still good though.
Choos (661) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - JUN 13, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma has some lovely honeysuckle notes and just a hint of hops. Apperaance is cloudy brown orange with lots of floaty particles and a smallish head. Flavour was slightly peppery, some celery, lasting hops and a small background of malt. Lightly carbonated which suited it nicely.
DanielBrown (4095) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Global Wines, Bearwood, Birmingham. Light brown beer, with enormous head and big lacing. Looks sparkling, smells sweet and hoppy - nice. Very deep bitter flavour, with a lingering hoppy aftertaste. This tasted like some of the SoCal IPAs I tried last month - the San Diego crowd would lovethis! A hint of alcohol vapour as the liquid enters my mouth, but any syruppy swettness vanishes in a sandy swig. Big, dry.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 1, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear copper colour with great clumpy head with big bubbles. It clumped into a big bunch which my girlfriend described as "like the foam that washes up on the beach." Big chunks of yeast which remind me of tea leaves which just sit at the bottom of the glass and do not dissolve or affect the clarity at all - weird. Aroma is pretty clean with some junipery, menthol-esque hops. Upon smelling the beer I suspected it had been slightly (only slightly though) affected by the travel to get to my part of the world, but it was well within its BB date. Juicy malt flavour which is kind of a bit flabby. Not much hop flavour but a minerally dryness. I was expecting it to be a lot more bitter. Give me Sam Smith’s IPA over this any day.
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rating #400. Bottle Conditoned. Dark brown, large frothy white head. Main flavour is malt, slightly roasty, slight coffee, quite bitter when it catches the underside of your tounge. Pretty good, I guess.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled.Amber with an attractive and shiny white head. Restrained hops with trace notes of organic beans. Smooth hoppy flavour with tobacco and mocha notes on the end. Smooth and thoroughly enjoyable, getting better towards the end.
Garrat (1304) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2010 From a Bottle. This is a nice dark amber colour with a good head,good malt fruit and hop aroma,taste is just so bloody good with a vanilla ice cream twang,earthy,wood,leather,sweet and dark malts,orange marmalade and lime with a bitter dry finish.I am glad it is still around,a regular beer at home,always a good experience.
JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Translucent gold color, pour with a frothy white head. Aroma of classic Engish IPA, malty with degree of sulfur, or rotting twigs. Hopped with maybe East Kent? it is bitter, but not the citrus or piney bitterness that I've grown to enjoy. Finish is dry and somewhat tangy. Thanks TAR for this one.
imdownthepub (11283) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle Conditioned Ale. Brown amber with tightly knit head. More malty than I remember, though I had aged this bottle to 3 yrs. Beautifully yeast head and then a fruity body, plums and some banana. Rich flavours amd palate, low carbonation. A fizzy, tangy finish, not too bitter but well balanced, the alcohol mixes well with the body. One of the best BCA's to be found in Blighty, chipper.