Bosbouw (3038) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2017
Mooie oranje kleur met een goede kraag en. Ruikt zoetig fruitig, kruiden. Smaakt fruitig, citrus zoetig. hansvf (943) - - DEC 31, 2017
Na de bubberman is het weer even wennen. Best ok ipa maar niet super. Wie wint dit spel? Quick3Beers (1513) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 13, 2017
Pours an ever so slightly hazy amber from a bottle, some lacing. Big citrus aroma, orange-y. Similar flavor, does a good job hiding the alcohol. Not terribly bitter. Very good beer. chrisv10 (18733) - DENMARK - OCT 28, 2017
Bottle, 8.6%. Hazy golden with tiny off-white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, toasted, fruit, hops, little peach, little dusty and grapefruit. Flavour is malt, fruit, hops, caramel, pine, grapefruit, medium sweet, little peach, little dusty and bitter. MetalNHopHead (2269) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - SEP 26, 2017
Huh, I'm starting to think that these Oregonian brewers that have "Hop" somewhere in their names are pretty qualified to brew hoppy beers. Ace of Spades is one hell of a big IPA. It pours burnt orange. Citrusy and Floral nose. Flavor focuses heavily on tropical hop oils. Tangerine, grapefruit, apricot, peach, pineapple, and mango. As you might guess with the 100+ IBU, this brew is upfront about its bitterness. Still, it's remarkably palatable for an Imperial IPA. Bone dry finish with a lingering bittersweet aftertaste.
Itzjerm (3175) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - SEP 14, 2017
Subtle but enjoyable tangerine like nose. Taste follows with subtle flavors of tangerine apricots. Hop candy done well. An easy drinking heavy hitter. More modern IPA.
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(Hopworks Ace of Spades) Bottle 650ml at home, served into a shaker, ABV 8.6%
Deep orange colour on the body, a finger of thick off-white head on top.
Aroma of citrus, grapefruit, oranges, grassy hops.
Taste follows, citrus and grapefruit, ripe oranges, tangerine, grassy hops, caramel malts. Harsh bitter finish with a long aftertaste.
Very good. hawanna (3389) - Freising, GERMANY - APR 24, 2017
0,65 l bottle
golden, clear, frothy, white foam, spruce, pine, some fruits, medium sweetness, very bitter, full body, oily feel, average carbonation, long finish, Alengrin (5893) - BELGIUM - FEB 25, 2017
Bomber from Fontana in Sint-Niklaas. Only after purchasing, having become enthusiastic over the fact that my local bottle shop is carefully beginning to venture into American craft, did I read that this was bottled three years ago - way too old for an American style DIPA of course, but anyway. Irregular, moussy, snow white head, retaining well on the edge but quickly dissipating in the middle, over a lightly hazy ’old gold’ coloured beer with warm light orangey tinge, turning to a cloudy, more ochre-hued peach with sediment. Aroma must have faded after all this time but, much to my surprise, still smells relatively ’fresh’, with only a subtle amount of cardboard- and slightly cooked chicken-like oxidation; otherwise this still smells like any decent DIPA: grapefruit peel, cheese crackers (age has something to do with this but it comes out quite pleasant actually), biscuit, dried mango, barbecue spices, fresh wormwood, gin, parsley, pine resin, old dried lemon zest, olive oil, amaro, egg yolk. Clean but lively fruitiness in the onset, hints of starfruit, tangerine, green olive and some light mango, subdued sweetishness with equally subdued sourishness, minerally side notes here and there, softish but adequate carbonation, supple and oily mouthfeel. Hop ’stings’ are noticeable from the start. Biscuity and lightly cookie-like malt body, a tad toasted in the end but very softly so, making room for a wave of uncompromizing, spicy, very pungent hop bitterness, coating the back of the mouth and the throat, grapefruity, piney and tonic water-like, with some of the pine and citrus peel aromas rising up retronasally and a resinous effect clinging to the teeth, before being tied together - rather than interrupted - by an afterglow of gin-like alcohol which carries the dry, miles long, resinous hop bitterness and traces of the biscuity malt ’softness’ downwards. There is no doubt that the bouquet of this beer was a lot more fragrant and lush when it was young so it is unfortunate I stumbled upon this older bottle, but the flavor as such has held up remarkably well; oxidation is there of course, but limitedly so, and the hop bitterness is as vigorous as it must have been in young condition. I think the aroma, obviously the most delicate component of any ’new’ IPA, is the only thing that suffered a bit, but I suspect this bomber has been kept in good conditions and this is still a very enjoyable, bold and exemplary, if not delicious example of the style. Glad I bought it, all things considered. Panzuriel (2446) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2016
Appearance: Medium hazy bright copper. Finger of white foam.
Nose: Strong notes of tropical fruit. Touch bitterness. Light sweetness
Taste: Juicy mango, pineapple and bit bitter. A touch of tartness.
Body: Medium to lighter and lively
Parting thoughts: A very strong tropical fruit hop bomb. Very impressive.