beernbourbon (1590) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Bottle taken from the shelf-stockers hands. I was hopeful that this meant fresh (and I was told it was). Pour is very murky copper with a medium off-white head. Aroma is murky resinous hops with a prominent caramel malt backbone. Not smelling fresh. Flavor is old resinous hop, light caramel malt backbone, light oxidation, and a touch of sadness. I guess I should not be too optimistic about an imported IPA’s freshness. Nothing like what the brewer intended based on description. I like the few offerings I have had from this place, but this was not great. Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2011
On the Ninth Day of Christmas 2011 the beer gods gave to me... one mighty IPA. Pours a burnt orange amber color with a white foam head. Aroma of grapefruit with heavy pine and heavy earthiness. Really pulls you in. Sweet sticky resiny grapefruit taste. Chewy and earthy on the finish. RichardGretton (4754) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2011
Bottle. Deeply cloudy amber beer with a strong head. The aroma is very well hopped, and the flavour is very well hopped with a long bitter and growingly dry finish. Overall a very, very nice well hopped beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone mickmac (484) - Ngunnawal, AUSTRALIA - DEC 22, 2011
Bottle. Hazy red gold body with a sparse white head. Aroma-taste of toast, pine needlesm citrus pith and marmalade. Sweet body, but a significant lingering bitter finish. Medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation. dwm1034 (784) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2011
Great 16.9 oz birthday bottle from sherm1016....thanks!!!!!& a cloudy, beautiful amber orange...even looks yummy! Tastes even better....let’s see - there’s some grapefruit; some pineapple; sour green grapes....wow. Wonderfully offset by the malty balance to all these hops....definitely another future favorite....may have to retire to New Zealand to get this more often....very very tasty.
Dredd (932) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - DEC 16, 2011
Love it, great IPA with lots of upfront bitterness which finishes with some good apricot stone fruit. Good viscosity in the palate too. Pyobon (1391) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 3, 2011
(bottle) Pouring it very carefully resulted in a stupid amount of head - it filled two pint glasses - so appearance: way too much head, plus it was murky amber brown. Off to a bad start, but all good after that. Wonderful, floral, fruity (pineapple and grapefruit) and hoppy aroma. Medium body and well (!) carbonated. Lovely balanced foretaste of sweet biscuity malts and tangy fruit leading into a long lasting excellent bitter finish. A great IPA. Beerygeek (36) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 23, 2011
No other way to put it. An awesome beer!
The nose includes that lovely aroma that can only come from NZ hops. Sort of a sweet mixture of grapefruit and white wine. The taste. Ones along to back this up with just enough malt to spring forth gently against the bitter hops. The reddish amber colour and clarity are perfect.
This beer is a must drink before you die. humlelala (1375) - DENMARK - NOV 18, 2011
(50 cl bottle from Toft Vin) Pours a clear amber with medium, off-white head that recedes quickly leaving a thin layer and good lace in the glass. Aroma is powerfully fruity hops with dominant notes of sweet grapefruit and passionfruit. Full-bodied, oily texture with medium carbonation and a dry finish. Taste is mildly bitter but for me the complex, aromatic nature of the hop is far more dominant than the bitterness. A very pleasant IPA. Girlfriend says: "I like the mix of grapefruit and grass taste." Habanero (4635) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2012 Bottled. Poured clear and deep orange with a small, creamy white head. Nice lacing. The nose is a palette of tropical fruits and caramel. Flavor with a nice fruitiness with grapefruit, oranges and caramel. Medium bodied, creamy texture and average carbonation. Ends up pleasant bitter. An excellent smooth and very interesting IPA.