KrzysztofZ (384) - Warszawa, POLAND - AUG 27, 2015
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Barwa złota, klarowne, średnia średnio i grubopęcherzykowa piana, krążkujaca. Aromat bitterowy, nieciekawy, nieco chmielowy, lekki mokry karton. Smak słodowy, woddnisto-biszkoptowy, ścierka/szmata, lekko chmielowy, niska nieco zalegająca goryczka. Butelka 02.06.2016
Hopmaestro (1561) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 27, 2015
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Backlog from lost & found notes: Aroma of paper and bread with some rye. Somewhat grainy in the taste with sublte hints from hops and citrus. Slightly thin.
IPAgutten79 (936) - Skui, NORWAY - AUG 15, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2015 Gylden med aroma og smak av sitrus, gress og malt. Smaken er samme. Kort ettersmak..
Holmen1 (5573) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUL 26, 2015
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Flaske fra Systembolaget Vasagatan Stockholm, delt med Einar: det hjelper ikke med en fancy etikettdesign, dette er en heller kjedelig engelsk bitter uten sjarme eller særpreg. Litt gress og malt, men ikke mye. Særdeles kort ettersmak.
bursprak (2843) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2015
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. Light golden pour with a frothy head. Notes of sweat, plastic, some burnt rubber, grains and grass.
RuneStumo (2644) - Haugesund, NORWAY - MAY 25, 2015
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
25.05.2015. 0,33l Bottle. Systembolaget Strömstad. Golden yellow colour with white head. Unclear. Bitter with ripe apples. Aroma of apples and cabbage. Bitter . Medium body. Aftertaste is apples with a sligthly sour note.
zvikar (5730) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - MAY 9, 2015
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel Florentin. Pours yellow to brown with a small head, aroma of marmalade, toffee, caramel, flavor is bitter with bread, slightly acidic, light bodied.
mariuszek (1294) - Gdynia, POLAND - APR 28, 2015
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Golden color, quickly falling down frothy head. Unbalanced aroma of herbs, tea, hay and lemon. Strange herbal, hay taste, medium carbonation. Not good at all.
Foffern (1803) - Bodø, NORWAY - APR 1, 2015
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle at home. Pours a slightly hazy, dark orange color with an off-white head. Has a fruity and sweet aroma with apricot, bread, dried fruit and sweet candy. The flavor is pretty tame and feels a bit unbalanced with a strange bitterness in the end. Pale malt and hay dominates and there’s a slightly sour touch. Has a slick and light mouth feel, and a light bitterness. A sweet ale but has light and weird flavor.
Lamadjuret (2) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 18, 2015 does not count
0.6 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
For fuck’s sake...
Found the bottle at Systembolaget, stupidly fell for the nonsensical text on the bottle and decided to try it. Missed the part where it says Spendrups is making this - a brewery I think it would be complementary to call mediocre.
It’s disappointing from the get-go: Looks like the corporate piss it turned out to be right away, with that cheap lager look and a head so rapidly dissipating you’ll miss it if you blink. Not promising, but judge not a book by its cover. Judge it by its smell.
...Which isn’t particularly good either. It has a skunky, metallic taste. If brewers want to make their bottles beer taste "just like draught" they could take a page of Brutal Brewing’s/Spendrups’s book - Hale of Nothing has the distinct smell and look of a shit lager served from the filthy, uncleaned draught lines of the licensed pizzeria or "kvarterskrog" where the local alcoholics go to kick back a few pints every afternoon.
And the taste to boot as well - metallic, weak taste with weak carbonation and a notable lack of anything resembling hoppy or malty flavours. It even provokes the nasty mouthfeel one of the cheap lagers give you.
All in all, the "pale ale" promise turns out to be false advertising - there plenty of mass-market ales and even lagers that pack more flavour. This beer is borderline fraudulent, and an excellent lesson about the "crafty beers" created by big producers. No thanks.