imdownthepub (15379) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2010
Cask conditioned at Merton Beer Fest ’10. Hazed Gold with white head. My oh my, the American style hop monster is with us. Intense doesn’t seem to quite fit the bill, but it’s getting there, this has a whisky, malt note about it, then sour oranges, clementines and yes lads I’m going to say kumquats! Bitter, drying, in yer face, a skinhead of a beer, "come and have a go if you think you’re hard enough", should be drunk out of Doc Martens whilst wearing skinners. Great stuff. Fin (10970) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2010
Cask, gravity at Merton Summer Beer Festival, 17-07-10 Another of the big IPAs that we managed to secure this year. Gold in colour with some haziness and a white head. Bitter zesty orange and a little grapefruit on nose, I like it that Glen managed to get Kumquats in there, he seemed hell bent on describing this fruit which also cropped up for him in the Hopshackle experimental beer tasting that we did as well. Taste is fruity but with sweetness sitting below the surface and also keeping the bitterness in check. Very big on the citrus front, bitter oranges and grapefruit again starting to show, alcohol is there but nicely underplayed, really moreish for the abv and a cracking IPA. A7 A4 T8 P4 Ov15 3.8 MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2010
A Mes rate. Bottle thanks to the legend that is Mr. Haddonsman. sm89walt (2082) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 29, 2010
Oooooh I like this. Big and English but with an American twist. Good slightly hazy light amber looks with a thin but lasting white head. Very green hoppy snout with a faint lick of sweet caramel and a hint of leather ans spice. Superb in the mouth. Sits perfectly between thick and juicy and clean and dry. Really good bitterness and it all just sits really nicely. A most agreeable beer. Maybe just a little raw on the alcohol but the rest of it works so well it’s not a problem. The sweetness in the background works really well. The body is big and slick but not at all sticky. I just really like it. Cheers Simon.
Cask (gravity) - Norwich Beer Festival 2010. Looks fairly harmless: clear amber, bubbly white head, ok head retention - creamy on the swirl. When you give it a good sniff it’s really a whole different matter. Grapefruit & passion fruit all over the nose with some sweet, thickish backing malts. It’s quite something on the palate too, juicy and loaded with green, grapefruity hops & tangerine. There’s plenty of malt body to go around. Great, polished body - not overly thick but there’s enough there to hold everything in place. Soft palate texture with a lovely finish. A really cracking IPA offering from a county not previously renowned for something quite like this. Geiserich (4635) - Linz, AUSTRIA - AUG 26, 2013
Bottle: Aroma is malty, sweet with candy notes, citrus and floral hops. Very hazy, orange to amber color with a low white head. Flavor is malty, light to medium sweet with candy notes, caramel, fruits (lemon peel, mandarine), pine and a dry, medium strong bitterness. Good one.
Grumbo (4101) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2014
Bottle as Double W IPA from Memorable Cheeses and More in Ipswich. Pours a deep golden orange colour with an off white creamy head. Lovely aroma of floral hops, grass, citrus, caramel and malt. Good body to it, quite low in carbonation. Enjoyable beer. maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2010
Cask conditioned gravity dispense Merton Summer BF 2010. An orange gold coloured beer with a whitish ring of head. Good resinous hops in the aroma with orange fruits. Bitter oranges in the mouth. Hoppy with sweet and sour notes. Good length. A tasty beer. harrisoni (19398) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2010
Now then. This must have been a present from Haddonsman, thanks Simon. It got a bit lost in all the bottles I brought back from GBBF, Hazy dark copper, some bubbles round the edge. Sherbert and earth on the hoppy aroma. Some toffee too. Full in mouth with a good carbonation on the swallow and lots more English earthy big grapefruit hops. Like the way an English IPA should be. Goes rather pleasantly well with pepperoni pizza. One of a few proper English IPAs. joergen (29353) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2011
Bottle at Papsø.
Hazy orange coloured with a meidum sized white head.
Fruity aroma of hops, candies and pine needles.
Fruity flavour of hops, grrass and pine needles.
Dry hoppy finish.