TBone (18013) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 3, 2010
Bottled 4cl sample @Beer Hunters, Poriyngwie (17173) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 10, 2010
Deep ruby-copper color, no head. Very strong nose: pine, pine needles, fresh hop pellets, herbs and alcohol. Thick palate, but a bit thinner than in TNP. Very hoppy bitter front. Flavor has mainly licorice, salt and resin. Very warming, almost burning aftertaste - like drinking Vodka schnapps. 4 cl is more than enough. TNP is actually quite good beer, but don’t believe the hype with this one.
Bottle at Patricks. It’s a clear, dark golden beer, or should i say drink, I have a hard time convincing myself it’s a beer. No head at all, still beautiful to look at. The aroma punches you in the face with its massive amounts of citrusy hops and stinging alcohol. There’s malty elements too, and overall it is lovely even though it is so intense. In the mouth it is full as hell, and very warming. Very high on bitterness, and with a good dash of malty sweetness. Citrus and pine in copius amounts. The finish is bitter and warming, leaving very little room for the malts. A wonderful beer, maybe in a non-beery way, actually it’s the insane levels of hops and alcohol that drives it forward. Thx Brewdog for doing this limits-pushing experiment. 100610 jtclockwork (17100) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 12, 2010
Bottle shared with jcwattsrugger and decaturstevo. Pours amber. Deceptively nice nose at first inhalation. Hops and grain alcohol. Then the true beast reveals itself. Rubbing alcohol, paint thinner and iodine permeates the nose in follow up whiffs. Hops become more muted. The first sip is also deceptive. Slight burn with hop malt character throughout. Subsequent sips tell a different story. The beer quickly becomes a Jack Daniels cough medicine of sorts, lots of rubbing alcohol and burn with little hops in background. FatPhil (16903) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 6, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2012 2cl from bottle (kitty’s, helsinki)
obnoxiously hot aroma. Astringent bitterness. Sticky palate. Huge alcohol burn. Disliked every sip. brokensail (16633) - Dublin, California, USA - JUL 22, 2010
A: The pour is surprisingly standard for an IPA. Golden copper/amber color with a fair amount of white head.
S: At first, I quite liked the nose. A lot of hops, primarily resinous and piney in nature. However, if you breathe in a good bit and get the full bouquet, you’ll be able to pick out the three main components of this beer: alcohol (cheap vodka), hop extract, and sugar.
T: Though I did enjoy the nose for a moment, the flavor just completely put me off. Even with just a small sip, the alcohol just attacks your tongue. Hot, cheap vodka followed by incredible bitter, hop extract type of flavor and then some table sugar mixed in to try to mellow things out.
M: The body is quite heavy and almost syrupy. It’s also hot as hell.
D: Just a few sips was more than enough of this one. I was not a fan of the Penguin, but I thought this was even worse.
Dedollewaitor (16315) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2011
Copenhagen Beer Festival, 2011. Thanks ChrisV10. Pours copper with no head. Pine cones and alcohol. Plenty off it . . and also lots of burning alcohol - to the extreme. Ferris (16294) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 2, 2014
Bottle - Boozy oily hops, earthy and rich. Dark copper. Oily hoppy earthiness, sweet and a bit of rich toasted malts. Complex oily hops and in my opinion quite nice. Boozy and bittersweet finish. MiP (15960) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2010
From a small jam jar, thanks to yespr. Distinct piney hop aroma, also very caramelly. Clear dark amber colour. No head. The flavour is a lot like the aroma. Quite sweet and nicely hoppy, but very bitter. Distinct bitterness, but clean. I rate it rather highly, but only in 2 cl servings. bhensonb (15612) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 25, 2010
Bottle from Bierkoning. BB 2020! Pours ruddy copper. It’s hoppy in aroma - with a boat load of alcohol. Numbs the nose. Thick bodied with virtually no carbonation. Heat is very present. Yet there is a lot of hop bitter. And the malt is detectable. Fun sipper. Scopey (15431) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2010
Many times (including the launch at the Rake), most recently at Brewdog Aberdeen. Pours cloudy orange with non-existant head. Nose; powerful citrus hop, varnish, floral, wood, alcohol. Taste; like hardcore IPA concentrate, great alcohol warmth, citrus fruits (oranges, lemons), varnish, pine. Great fun to drink.