Alengrin (5722) - BELGIUM - NOV 17, 2017 reebtogi (6385) - Edmonton, Alberta, - OCT 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle pours a golden orange color with a 2 finger white head that has some decent retention and also leaves some nice lacing behind. Aroma is tropical fruits and citrus with some mild grains. Taste is a grapefruit hop bitterness with some tropical fruity and light malty sweetness. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. A nicely done IPA that is certainly worthy of a pleasant tasting experience.
Adnams, one of those familiar names in 20th-century English beer culture (or even 19th century - founded 1872), apparently seeks to make connection with the new 'americanized' craft beer culture and presents this "innovation" IPA, with IPA spelled I.P.A. with punctuation, a clear nod to the fact that the abbreviation originally stands for something traditionally English. One of several beers under the Jack Brand label, a brand developed in 2013, with a style of label supposedly inspired by antique Adnams bottles. Bottle from the Albert Heijn supermarket in Sint-Niklaas. Moussy, yellowish egg-white, medium thick head, quickly dissipating in the middle but retaining well around the edge with some dots of lacing here and there; cristal clear, pale orange-tinged 'old gold' robe, lacking in visible sparkling and remaining just as clear with every drop poured into the bottle - this is clearly filtered and pasteurized. The latter is apparent in the aroma, with that unmistakable, 'freshly ironed cloth', cooked-like effect in the nose, sadly very deeply penetrating more flattering hints of dried field flowers, dry cookies, Camembert cheese (the hops growing old, I presume), melting butter, Conférence pear, green hay, honey-glazed turnips, seitan, green peppercorns, cake and something plaster-like. Very cleanly fruity onset, only restrained hints of dried apricot and unripe pear sweetishness with a basic sourishness to it, the latter accentuated (or even largely established) by a sharpish carbonation; slick, bit oily, even somewhat buttery mouthfeel, but perhaps a bit thinnish for a near to 7% ABV beer. Cereally, rounded, lightly biscuity maltiness with a very, very subtle toasty side to it; pear-like echoes of fruitiness remain, but seem to have more to do with the malt bill than with fermentation (note, in this context, that the label mentions "contains barley and wheat" - this is clearly not an all-malt beer). The wheat adds a light soapiness, whereas the hops, a combination of two very classic varieties (one European, one American) with a far less traditional one (Boadicea, developed in 2004 in Britain), add retronasal floral and grassy aromas, perhaps a bit citrus zest-like as well, along with a mild, lightly resiny and softly (white) peppery bitterness - yet underachieving in a beer labelled "IPA" (or rather: "I.P.A."). Fortunately the hops get the last word, as their bitterness lingers beyond anything else, albeit gently so; some peppery, warming alcohol is also noticeable, which should not be the case in a beer of this strength. Tally Ho and especially the famous Broadside were historically influential beers in the old pre-'craft beer hype' times and as such should be treated with respect, but I have no idea why Adnams comes up with this: basically an old English IPA with certain American traits (higher ABV than was traditionally the case, Columbus hops), which in itself is not a bad idea at all, but then filtered and pasteurized to the point where the little fermentation fruitiness a clean English yeast strain produces, is reduced to almost nothing. And as the late Michael Jackson cleverly observed, the 'cooked' smell of pasteurization is so all-consuming that it can never be hidden. Though this beer is perfectly drinkable, even enjoyable to a certain extent, it would have been much, much better if it hadn't undergone the torture of pasteurization - but then, it probably would not be as suitable to be sold on the shelves of a - to Adnams - foreign supermarket. An industrial, clean, 'easy' and simple "IPA" for the masses - so what was that "innovation" part about again?... mjik83 (1650) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 14, 2017
33cl flesje via AH, Breda
Alcoholpercentage van 6,7%
Uitgeschonken in Leffe glas
Uiterlijk: goudoranje met kleine witte schuimkraag
Aroma en smaak: neus is licht tropisch fruit, smaak is ook peperig, grapefruit, tropisch fruit, pine, redelijke bitter
Conclusie: kan beter deze IPA, wat vlak rotaman14 (704) - Wiesbaden, GERMANY - NOV 12, 2017
A bitter but well balanced IPA, with aromas of mango, persimmon and dough. A prime example of the style, even if it isn't really innovative. vinivini (3009) - Gomel, BELARUS - NOV 10, 2017
Bottled. Clear amber colour, moderate white well-lacing head. Aroma: biscuit, caramel, silphur, floral & fruity hops (not much of)
Medium body. Bittersweet taste. Robust malts. A bit sulphury. Decent hopping still no proper hop brightness and freshness. Overall: not impressive. Zlotta (3823) - Hagen / Düsseldorf, GERMANY - NOV 9, 2017
0.33 l bottle from 'AH' (Den Bosch), bottled in August 2017. Clear, amber with a medium large, frothy, slowly diminishing, white head. Sweetish, fruity-grassy and slightly resiny aroma of orange jam, mango and some pine. Quite sweet, moderately bitter, fruity-grassy and slightly resiny taste of orange jam, mango, some pine and a touch of honey, followed by a medium long, dry-bitter, grassy and resiny finish. Medium to full body, slightly creamy and moderately effervescent mouthfeel, average carbonation. Very decent IPA, refreshing and well-balanced.
Holmen1 (6475) - Stavanger, NORWAY - NOV 5, 2017
Half pint på Charlie's København nov-17: lett uklar gylden med flott skum som varer til siste dråpe. Deilig aroma og enda bedre smak med tropiske frukter, karamellkjeks, furunål, grapefrukt og aprikoser. Rund, fyldig og samtidig lett å helle over drøvelen. dutchdarthvader (357) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2017 Wauw fantastisch helder diep donker gele kleur waar je de koolzuur omhoog ziet borellen. Licht geurend naar frisse fruitige bloemetjes. Smaak fris fruitig maar nergens overheersend maar ook nergens excellerend. Niet te zoet maar ook medium bitter die na zacht neigt. Dat is toch wel een min puntje voor een IPA. Maar heeft ook iets zurigs in de nasmaak. Het begon goed met de looks maar eindigt onder het gemiddelde. Had dat liever anders gezien. Maar dat was net de kern van het probleem deze ipa zag er vooral goed uit. De ambitieuze titel innovatie maakt ie ook niet waar. Voor deze jongen toch nog een mazzeltje op het eind. Voor ongelukkig gekozen namen geven we geen straf punten. MarcoDL (5383) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 14, 2017
Bottle. Golden pour. Aroma has crispy malt, caramel, peach and grapefruit. Taste of bitter caramel, orange zest, some pineapple, peach and grapefruit. Not very innovative, but nice nonetheless. Wim (4160) - Weelde, BELGIUM - OCT 14, 2017
At Home gold blond colored body with a white head and with a spicy citrus fruity hop aroma a spicy fruity sweet hop dry bitter taste with a bitter finish Borresteijn (7491) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 14, 2017
33cl Bottle from AH. Clear deep golden colour, white head. Aroma of grapefruit, peach, some lemon, light malty. Flavour is light sweaty, grapefruit, malty, hint of caramel, fruity, decent bitter finish. Light bodied. Decent stuff.