hirigalzkar (3271) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 9, 2009
Bottle. This IIPA was really boring and tierd. Where are the hops? This one tasted more like a diluted barley wine. hawthorne00 (4118) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 21, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2010 Bottle. Looks like black tea. Desultory head. Fruit and pine aroma. Toffee, bubblegum and raisin malt sweetness. Spruce hops and plenty of fairly dull bitterness. If there are lots of hops in here they are ill-used. [2.0]Papsoe (25056) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2011
Bottle. Copper. Small, fading beige head that leaves some lacing. Medium bead. Aroma of dried fruit, caramel, pine and a little citrus. Taste as above. A much<i/> better bottle, but still not much chop.
Bottle 33 cl. Courtesy of bluebetty. Pours a clear amber with a small off-white head. Very sweet butterscotch aroma with a little citrusy hops. Medium body, very sweet caramel and butterscotch. The aroma hops are faint and even the bitterness is discreet. Poor. 150311 Mosborne (11) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 10, 2012
Bottle. Smooth caramel to the nose with a hint of hops, pours a deep amber colour with a tan head, little head retention. Big sweet toffee and caramel flavour, a bit of alcohol. Medium body with a slightly stick texture. fletchfighters (1580) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 7, 2012
More of a strong ale or weak barleywine than a DIPA. Not real complex or very hoppy. Yawn
ComradeK (1260) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 18, 2013
330ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazy copper amber, with a smallish off-white head, which does not last all that well, but does leave decent lacing. The aroma is mainly toffee and caramel malt, with some fairly nondescript hops notes in there as well - a bad sign for a DIPA. Aggressively bitter pine needle hops up front lead into a straightforward toffee malt body. Leafy hops make up the finish. The hops flavours of this beer, whilst strong enough for a DIPA, are quite bland, and dominated by the malt. Not a great effort. eczematic (1326) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - APR 16, 2009
my heart sank when i saw the colour. yet another australian IPA too scared to let the hops loose without burying them in crystal malt. thick and chewy in the mouth, with the combination of tropical fruits and caramel making it resemble cordial more than beer. i could barely taste the bitterness because it is buried under a jumble of malt flavours. a dog’s breakfast of a beer. excess of sweetness and bitterness at once just doesn’t work, either you’re a massaman or you’re a green papaya salad. you can’t do both. jonno (2917) - JAPAN - AUG 21, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2011 Don’t know what they were trying for here. Definitely not a DIPA. More like a strong ale. Lots of malt, bready and caramel. Minimal hopping especially for this style. Won’t try again. MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2010
A Mes rate. Bottle at Chris O’s Kook Fest tasting.harrisoni (19341) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2009
Darkish amber with a good beige head. Generally hops and caramel and erm... Too malty and not hoppy enough. The hops are nice enough but they’re rather stifled. Chewy caramel finish. Errrrrrr, yeah, shoulda called it Maltinator.
Bottle at Chriso’s Kook Tasting 09. Overly sweet IPA. Not enough hop. Bit of oxidation.