Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 20, 2012
Anyone who detracts from the value of Corona, says it is a beer without flavour and without worth, needs to have a few of an evening and then reach for a bottle of good full-bodied hoppy beer because the comparison is remarkable. I did this and then had a Speight’s Triple Hop Pilsner and it was like drinking beer for the first time. I have now moved to this. The depth of colour is better: orange amber with a little haze and a persistent white head. Aromas of oranges, apricots, malty biscuits, citrus leaf, crystallised fruits. This beer is thick and unctuous with delicate carbonation and silky body. Flavours lean toward autumnal orchard fruits, stewed pears and peaches that dry nicely and have very mild bitterness. Another taste reveals the warm citrus: Seville orange marmalade. This is a world removed from the massively hoppy Pacific NW IPAs that also sit within this style and this beer could well be subsumed and overlooked, but it doesn’t deserve this. This is restrained, elegant, characterful. It is the ale of Harry Flashman, adventure and Victorian England, not the riotous Grunge and Punk Pacific NW. I hold that there should be two styles of IPA - old world and new world. Each will have its adherents and detractors, but in terms of old world, this beer is lovely. Mellow, easily quaffable and rather endearing. Compared to new world, it is fusty, out of touch and confined to a leather wingback chair reminiscing of days of old... just the way I like it. solidfunk (8964) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Aroma has lots of malt and a little floral hops. Who knows how old this is – picked it up in a store in Panama. I didn’t see it last week though. Medium carbonation, some head and lacing. Pours copper. Taste is pretty much just bitter with a small note of sweetness. Bottle. McTapps (6889) - Reutlingen, GERMANY - DEC 18, 2012
Bottle shared with MichaelBruch. Deep amber-brown in colour with steady head. Taste of ripe hops, low malt, spices such as grounded coriander and herbs such as thyme. Quite dry finish. AndySnow (7632) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - DEC 9, 2012
Bottle. Clear yellow colour with a small white head. Aroma of malt, hops, fruit. Flavour is rather sweet citrus, hops. lotsalaughs (175) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 8, 2012
caramel, grass, citrus, flora, amber, clear, minimal head, white foam, light sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, slick feel, average carbonation, astringent, bitter, long finish
Nice amber pint with one finger of white head. Sweetness first hits the nose followed by floral and citrus. Pleasantly bitter with some caramel. Light carbonation. Light to medium bodied with a slickness on the tongue. A slight astringency and long lasting English hop bitterness. Quite nice.
kingstoni (2088) - FINLAND - DEC 8, 2012
Bottle. Hazy yellow color with a thin head. Aroma of sweet citrus hops. Flavors are malt and hops. Sticky feel. Sugary and slightly bitter finish. Lambister (520) - FINLAND - DEC 6, 2012
50 cl bottle. Pours clear and golden liquid with a small white head. Nose is honey and some almonds. Taste has some hay notes, pale malts as said earlier and hops. Some caramel and bitter. Soft carbonation, medium body. Pretty good brew.
manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 27, 2012
Pours a clear, deep golden body with a small white head. Nose is nutty malts, hints of berries and almonds. Taste is grassy hay notes, pale malts, nuts and almond-like tones. Hints of sawdust and faint caramel. Soft carbonation, medium body. Decent enough for a British style IPA. kermis (13480) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 26, 2012
Bottle at Locus Publicus, Rotterdam. Pours clear amber with an off white head. Aroma of peach, light grapefruit and toffee. Flavour is light to medi sweet and moderate bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Barrelbelly (750) - BELGIUM - NOV 24, 2012
Golden yellow shine with medium head. Aroma and taste of citrus hops. Good drinkable with not too watery aftertaste.