ClarkVV (6314) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 11, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, best before July 2016, drunk 1/8/16.
Copper-golden body is clear and well-carbonated with an off-white head atop that shows moderate retention.
Floral, lightly citrusy hops are definitely prominent in the nose, but are atop a layer of rather bready/papery malts that seem quite dull. A hint of metal, perhaps, but otherwise clean, with no alcohol and (at least) no resin or aggressive hop character.
Pretty mindless drinking, with highly attenuated malts leaving behind a somewhat scratchy/husky texture. Hop bitterness is mild and the light grapefruit zest, fresh dill and cucumber-like hop character remains, though there are touches of soapiness. A worthy effort, but the Irish seem better suited to brewing delicious stouts.
DruncanVeasey (8217) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2016
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle out of one of my Christmas selection boxes. Orange gold with a frilling collar. Bouquet of wicker, orange boiled sweets, privet and adhesive. Dry hopped IPA?? Doesn’t smell like one. Non-committal soapy regurgitated peach boiled sweet flavour. Had such high hopes for this having not tasted any Irish non-macro stuff for about 5 years and it’s a total washout. Feels stale and sun damaged and it’s over a year in date. Zero hop. Get me a Gwince.
TorbenJensen (1486) - Valby, DENMARK - JAN 8, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Moderate foam. Lovely inviting aroma of bright biscuit and a little flower that is comfortable with honey. The taste is full-bodied with a lovely touch of honey, flowers, pine and citrus. It is an extremely good pale ale that tastes just fine with many small undertones of the aforementioned flavor notes without any of them being dominant. Very nice and well-brewed pale ale which all flavor notes give each other space and roominess. I am excited.
RichardGretton (4733) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Vibrant golden beer with a strong whitish head. The aroma is well hopped with some yeastiness, and the flavour is deeply hopped and very dry with some smooth toffee elements. Overall a nice well hopped ale
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Foxbush (1942) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle from Total Wine and More The ale poured a hazy light amber with small off-white head and modest lacing. The aroma was a grassy hops and some pale malts. The ale has a medium body and soft carbonation. The ale had more flavor as it warmed up.
Chudwick (3047) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - DEC 19, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft - nose is oranges. Sip ads lemon zest. Malty backbone. Hoppy aroma but not very bitter.
floydslip (378) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 18, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly murky light copper beer with a thin bright white head that recedes quickly. Nose of unbaked biscuit dough mixed with floral honey and sprinkled with heather. The flavor has more of a hoppy profile with pretty strong citrus and pine resin flavors bolstered by a tiny bit of honey sweetness at the end. Not sure if it’s the combination of flavors or if there’s something else there, but the aftertaste turns into something soapy, which brings everything down a bit. Decent beer, but not great.
idlewoodarian (10) - FRANCE - DEC 17, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Une bière légèrement amère mais relativement fruitée. Houblon, raisin et citron. Rien de renversant, mais rien à redire.
LazyPyro (846) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2016 500ml bottle. Very clear golden colour with a small creamy white head. Aroma is hoppy, malty, doughy/bready - not too keen on that part. Flavour is also very hoppy with a fruity bitterness, citrusy finish.
bhensonb (14771) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 13, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Dart at Stateline. Pours bright gold with a large creamy white head. Citrus aroma. Med body with a lot of carbonation that left quickly. Flavor is citrus, sort of grapefruit rind, sort of zesty, with some malt support that’s a bit different from what I usually find. Drinks easily.