Theydon_Bois (17960) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, from the Craft Beer Store Hamburg, train rake en route from Rostock, 18/07/15.
Golden blonde with a decent off white covering that retains well.
Nose is melon, straw, lemon rind, light citric pithdom, floral notes.
Taste comprises caramel malt, melon, orange pith, bread dough.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with light hop bitterness.
Ok, but lower down the pecking order for the style.
sound67 (702) - Offenbach, GERMANY - JUL 29, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Maker: Häffner Bräu, Bad Rappenau, Germany. ***
Beer: Hopfenstopfer Comet IPA (bottled, 330ml) ***
Style: India Pale Ale ***
ALC.VOL.: 6.8% ***
"A German IPA with the hop varieties Hallertauer Comet, Hallertauer Saphir and Hallertauer Taurus." [brewery note] ***
Colour: Bright yellow golden, slightly hazy; medium, fluffy head. ***
Nose: Pineapples, lemon, some yeast. Very mild herbs. ***
Texture: Full body, oily, moderate carbonation. ***
Taste: Pineapples, medicinal notes (heavy alcohol), pinewood, bitter hops at the start. Caramel malts for balance. Middle is more explicity resinous from the pine, with some herbs coming in, a whiff of medicine, citrus. Pine also features strongly in the bitter, herbal finish. Hoppy bitterness and lemon in the long-lasting aftertaste. ***
Impressions: *Almost* an imperial IPA, this one wears the alcohol on its sleeve not in the aroma, but on the palate. Good balance of bitter and fruity/herbal notes, resonant bitterness in the finish and beyond. Heavy stuff, heavier than the ABV would indicate. Otherwise, characteristic and characterful IPA.
olsvammel (6606) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JUL 21, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from a bottle shop in Bamberg (think it was Bierothek). Fresh and hoppy smell with citrus. Similar taste. Fresh and refreshing. Medium bitterness. Nice and hoppy.
MrOrla (2490) - Odense C, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2015
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Odense ratebeer summer gathering 2015. Pours golden with a white head. Aroma of citrus, soap, malts. Taste grain, hops, citrus, malty. Bkah
Christian (13080) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ratebeer Odense Summer Gathering 2015. Cloudy golden with a small white head. Weak citrus and pineapple hoppy aroma. Sweet grainy and fruity flavour
Dedollewaitor (15737) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ Odense Summer Gathering, 2015. Pours hazy golden with a white head. Grass, grain, citrus and corn. Bitter finish. Disappointing.
strap (827) - Sindelfingen, Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - JUL 14, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
overal a very drinkable, good IPA. cloudy appearance with what appeared to be chunks of hops. nice citrus bite to it. liked it, but the chunks brought this one down in appearance and palate
mateuszk (2426) - Poznań, POLAND - JUL 7, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden in colour, minimal head. In aroma and taste hoppy, grapefruit and citrus notes. Low body, crisp, meidum grapefruit bitter finish. Nice beer.
bastarda (466) - Freiburg, GERMANY - JUL 3, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2016 3.7.15:nice IPA. Needs some imagination, though, to let the usual tropical/citrus/pine aromas display their blueberry components; taste has some toasted grain quality to it, seems to be quite typical for what the Comet hops does in the secondary.
12.5.16: kindly shared by Andrea, thanks a lot. Imho Hallertauer Comet hops has a dank quality to it that really morphs into fresh blueberry fruits and brush and as such is one of the most interesting new hops from Germany. In this case, the nose is displaying that love-at-second-sight aromas in an intense and well done way. Underneath, there is some orange-marmelade stickiness of nearly a dipa quality that - for me - spoils the fun a bit. Taste brings more Comet dankness in this well-done, layered way, also backed up by a huge sticky orange marmelade sweetness. On the one hand, it is astonishing that the brewmaster could get all those aromas out of Saphir, Taurus and Comet, on the other hand, it’s a bit too much of everything, almost like two beers in one.
Jonb5 (520) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle poured into La Chouffe tulip. A: Golden, no head, minimal lacing, lots of floaters. S: Grapefruit and citrus hops. T: Followed the nose and added a hint of cork, sharp hit of booze at the finish. M: Slightly thick texture, minimal carbonation, went down pretty well. O: A typical American IPA, pleasant and balanced.