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Hong Kong Dragon’s Back IPA

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Hong Kong Beer Co.
Brewed at Brouwerij Strubbe

Style: Brown Ale
Chai Wan, Hong Kong

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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.36/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
ogivlado (7311) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAY 6, 2016
Bottled 330ml. -Courtesy of and shared with Domagoj, thanks! Brownish coloured, small to medium sized beige head, light caramel nose. Sweet malty, caramel, brown sugar, dried fruits and quite watery palate with rather sweet finish. IPA...hahaha...you must be joking here

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
Piw (880) - Rüsselsheim, GERMANY - MAR 16, 2016
330ml Flasche. Klar und schwarz. Mittelgrosse Schaumkrone. Kaum Aroma. Leichter Körper. Spritzig.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Manslow (1175) - Warsaw, POLAND - FEB 7, 2016
Butelka 0,33l kolor ciemnobrązowy, piana znika bardzo szybko, piwo klarowne.Aromat kwaszonej kapusty i karmelu. Smak słodki cukrowy. Taki napój piwny z przewagą karmelu w aromacie i smaku. Jako, że spożyłem autentyczne piwa z Hong Kongu pozwoliłem sobie dodać i ten wynalazek

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Grumbo (1655) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2016
Interesting find during a visit to Cyprus, at The Old Fishing Shack, Paphos. Poured a very dark brown with a small off white head. Aroma has some mild chocolate, malt and caramel. Medium sweetness, light bitterness, minimal carbonation.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
altonbrownd (5898) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2015
Bottle in Brussels. Dark brown, cola body with medium, tan, lasting head. Nose is sweet, roasty, malty. Taste quite sweet, skunky, toasty. It’s not an IPA at all, quite a sugary brown ale, but interesting.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bygers (1169) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 15, 2014
Bottle 0,33l. Pours dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma of caramel, yellow apples and brown sugar. Flavor is sweet caramel with some yellow apples and nuts. Medium body, average carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
abemorsten (3591) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - AUG 20, 2014
0,33 l bottle from CITTI Markt. ABV is 5,2%. Labeled as Dragon’s Back IPA. Hazy mahogany body with a fingerthick light brown head. Dried fruits, caramel malts, scented eraser and wooden notes on the nose. Caramalty sweetness and a grassy bitterness. Medium bodied. Smooth to drink.

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Idiosynkrasie (6695) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - AUG 18, 2014
330ml bottle [as "Dragon’s Back IPA]. Rather dubious country tick - so what. Clear, ruby red glowing, dark brown colour with small, frothy, half-way lasting, minimally lacing, tan head. Sweet aroma with hints of molasses, liquorice, artifical cherry or raspberry ’Laffy Taffy’ (or ’Maoam’). Taste is artificially sweet, artificial cherry and/or raspberry flavours again. Strange.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cunningham (7198) - Halden, NORWAY - JUN 8, 2014
The story around his ale is actually better than the beer itself. Anyway it was a really nice brown ale. Not an IPA as the label says. Once upon a time Monika was in Germany with her dogs again, and off course she had to do some beer shopping for me. By a coincidence I did see that some other lads had bought a beer from Hong Kong at a grocery store close to where she camped. So……
Well she found them and I was happy. A whole crate actually. Yeah I could trade a lot with these. My good pal Terje should off course get one. And when we sat down in his space rocket we discovered that it was an IPA, not the expected pale shait. Ahhhh damned we could not drink it that day and I wanted to taste it as well. Okey so he kept it in his closet at work. Well we thought we could share it quite soon…….due to a wild bicycle race, Ullevål Hospital and other small events….it stayed in that WARM closet for almost 1,5 year. Should we ever manage to kill this one? Off course we are proper gentleman and do not waste beer. Well it was a thick, so….well at last the moment arrived. On a bus, in a plastic cup, on our way to a beer festival, surrounded by a whole lot of football hooligans. Mama mia. Well the bald football fans are actually my friends and probably the kindest football and beer lovers in the known universe. The Hong Kong IPA turned out to be a fine brown ale, and the storing in Terjes closet at work had not killed it at all. BB was passed 8 months ago. But we survived. Maybe the plastic cups from Østfold Hospital had some antibiotics that helped us. Who knows, but I will always remember this one. Cheers!

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tfredvik (1794) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 25, 2014
It’s finally time to put this poor bottle out of it’s misery. It’s been staying in a cupboard in my office for more than a year, experiencing highly varying temperatures ranging from 18 to 27ºC. Let’s see how the impropriate storing has influenced this beer. The aroma is moderate and mainly malty and nutty, with notes of pale malts, grain, bakers yeast and dark dried fruits. There are some hoppy notes as well, but they are much weaker than what an IPA should provide. Moderate flavour that also is mainly caramel malty, with additional dark dried fruits, faint metal and hints of orange marmalade (yay, some IPA-ish traces!). Moderate to light sweet and light to moderate bitter taste. Light to medium body, a bit watery texture and quite dry. Not too bad.
[33 cl bottle as Hong Kong Dragons Back IPA, shared with Cunningham and some football hooligans on the bus to Haand ølfestival 2014, enjoyed 8 months after BB date, courtesy of Cunningham


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