gnoff (8203) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2014 First rating
35 cl can thanks to Ingo! Sampled on April 8, 2013. Marked (BB?) 13.05, purchased late December 2012.
Clear golden color, off-white head. Sweet, herbal, hoppy scent. Fruity, grainy, harsh taste. Dry harsh finish. Medium mouthfeel, medium high dry harsh bitterness.
350 ml can thanks to John (CBC - not on ratebeer), sampled on April 8, 2014.
Clear golden to deep golden color, off-white head. Sweet, caramel, grainy, hoppy scent. Malty, grainy taste. Grainy aftertaste. Fizzy mouthfeel. Medium to medium low bitterness.
ekstedt (5842) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can (33 cl), courtesy of Ingo. Clear deep golden, medium white head. Breasy malt aroma, some piney and orangey hops. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Dry with medium to high bitterness.
DrSilverworm (8155) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.8oz can, shared by caterwaul. Sticker on can reads 2/21/12. Amber color. Totally hazy, with lots of fine particles in the body. Thin off-white bubbly head. Good retention, good lace. Medium-plus body. Very smooth, light carbonation, kind of dry in the finish, but creamy overall. Mostly sweet taste, light bitter... But, for how old this is... It’s really drinking fine, especially compared to how an American IPA of the same age would taste. Caramel malt, but also some nice yeasty bready thickness to it, with a good lightly piney, light herbal, floral, sort of perfumey hop character that still prevails. Unusual IPA, but still very satisfying. Lightest of chalkiness, not bothersome though, adds some good texture and body. Light spiciness. Cool IPA. Only other Japanese IPA I’ve had is Hitachino. I think I prefer this one, although they are totally different. Hitachino was much more malty, being cedar-aged. This one is more floral and even fresher and brighter, despite it having sat for a year
Travlr (15095) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can. Hazy golden color, medium white head. Aroma of biscuit, caramel. Taste is similar.
allanbowers (93) - melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is relatively light IPA. It pours golden with very little head. This is an easy drinking beer that is good for big gulps.
lliams (196) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2013 Pours bright gold with little head. Aroma is slightly funky malt and floral. Taste is a touch of candy/caramel leading into long hoppy resinousness... I like this beer and think it should rate higher. A great example of classic IPA.
Cantabrian (919) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 20, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Copper ale, clear as crystal, with no head to brag about. No cloudiness of a good IPA. Not only it looks like a bitter, but it smells like a bitter. It would be sickening sweet if it was not for a resinous touch to that nose. The flavour is more hoppy, with citrus a a touch of grapes, and there is a certain revelation of more of a floral hoppiness, still quite bitter in the end, which pretty much saves it from damnation.
Jado (633) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - FEB 15, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear amber with some orange highlights and a small white head. The nose is subdued, but pine and some floral notes come through. The taste features a good dose of hoppy bitterness, but that washes away to reveal flavours of apple, lemon and bready malt on the back palate. I’m not sure I’d really describe this as an IPA, but it’s pretty tasty nonetheless.
Alphadelic (1880) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 9, 2013
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
The nose is stale with some vegetal hop, a strong, off-putting maltiness. Slick, medium bitterness. Vaguely unpleasant. Not really a fan, could be a very old can.
nimbleprop (5567) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz can at Kushi DC. Pours a clear, honey gold with some thin, white head. Nose is floral, sweet, honey, light citrus, yuzu. Flavor is the same, sweet, honey, lychee fruit, orange zest, honey, flower pollen. Nice enough, but a bit too much sweetness.