mullet (849) - Melbourne, - JAN 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great NZ hop aroma - mango, guava, lychee, sesame seeds. All the good NZ stuff with none of the weirdness - are the hops themselves improving or are brewers learning to use them better? Or both? Clean, lean maltiness does the job and gets out of the way without being particularly remarkable. Very clean, with a looong fine bitterness that really only becomes apparent after finishing the bottle. An IPA that’s different enough from the usual to be worthwhile. Classy beer.
boxofrane (2047) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Whole Foods. Pours clear golden with a small white head that has decent retention. The aroma is a powerhouse of pineapple and mango.. a touch of honey, a bit floral. Really inviting juicy nose. The taste on this is fruity as it gets. Pineapple, peach, mango, apple juice, and a bit of sweet honey. This is very good but a bit over the top on the sweetness.
Strykzone (4782) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle. Minimal foam on this clear golden beer. Served at 42.9F which is too cold. First sniff is of clover honey. I also taste that honey. It is along with floral notes and some citrus, but not a lot. Cereal and grain. Not a lot of excitement.
Patrickctenchi (3401) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAY 10, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear, amber with a small, off-white head.
Semi-tropical fruits,...soft/sweet aroma.
Taste is mild, sweet fruit....very malty.
Light fruit rind bittering.
A very nice, tropical, smooth IPA.
oliodnb (242) - ITALY - MAY 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear golden color, slightly cloudy, quickly disappearing white head. Big fruity, sweet smell (apricots, pineapple, grapefruit) that fades away as the beer warms up leaving space for some malts and caramel. Taste is again quite fruity with honey-like sweetness, citrus and a not too heavy dry final bitterness. Once again the label is misleading describing this beer as "aggressive".
Theydon_Bois (7920) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home, thanks to Wingman Willis for muelling, 02/05/14.
Clear golden amber, moderate off white covering that retains.
Nose is floral hop, citric peel, light pine, caramel malt, light honeycomb.
Taste comprises floral hops, tangerine, light apricot, straw, pine, caramel malt, juicy hop tang, citric pithdom.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, hop bitterness in the close.
Pretty so so IPA, not really doing it for me but not unpleasant.
Rosslew (180) - AUSTRALIA - APR 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wonderfully fluid for a thickly poured beer. Non overtly tart citrus flavour. Nice on the sugar scale. Light in head but retains thickness. Yeastie Boys done it again. Big tick.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
orange_3084 (76) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy golden marmalade colour with thin white head that fades to nothing but a lacing. Grassy hop aroma. Fruity hints of peaches and grapefruit. Oily body that coats the palate nicely. Caramel malts come through supporting a well rounded bitterness.
omega (680) - NEW ZEALAND - FEB 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not the beer I remember and is more soft and restrained than remembered. Not overly malty, with the hops being more predominant. Hate to say it at 7% this is an easy drinker!
crippledbrewer (45) - - JAN 28, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The bottle pours a clear golden yellow with a little white head that fades to a light scrim around the edge of the glass that leaves a light lacing down the sides. The aroma, whilst not as strong as some of the IPA’s I have sampled, was nicely balanced and featured New Zealand hops with tropical fruits, grass, light citrus and a little bit of caramel. The taste starts with a massive dose of tropical fruit salad that slowly evolves into a medium bitterness that is backed up by a solid malt backbone and the bitterness lingers for a medium amount of time. The mouth feel is smooth and crisp with light carbonation, medium body feel with high drinkability.
beersighted (86) - - JAN 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This kiwi pale ale had a very mild aroma, but a moderate citrus hop taste. After a malty base flavor, a sweet flavor reminiscent of apple or pear was prominent from the motueka hops. This was an original beer, unlike many American IPAs.