Sigmund (7315) - Tau, NORWAY - FEB 22, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
355 nl bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 8,0%, IBU 100. Unfiltered and unpasteurised. Hazy golden colour, large white head. Lovely aroma of American hops, notes of tropical fruits, wood and pine, some malty notes too. The flavour has some malts and caramel sweetness, but is first and foremost hoppy, with fruity and piney notes, and a solid but not too extreme bitterness in the finish. In a blind test i would have guessed that this was a double IPA. Must be one of the better golden lagers I’ve had.
SlackerMads (3350) - DENMARK - FEB 19, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Light hazy yellow with a large white head. Bright hoppy nose with citrus and pot. Flavour is also hop driven with lots of citrus and some sweet tropical fruits; peach, light mango. Light bready malt in the back and some warming alcohol. Medium body, soft/light prickling carbonation, well balanced, neither sweetness or bitterness sticks out. Crisp finish. Good stuff and very drinkable for the abv.
MrTipple (4517) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: sweet grains, caramel, toffee, tropical fruits, some peaches. Appearance: clear gold, medium, creamy, white head. Taste: medium to heavy sweet. Palate: turns very bitter, alcohol, lots of grain. Overall: slightly disappointed about this Imperial Pilsner, aroma is quite nice yet the palate a bit of a let down. Bottle from Beers of Europe, Kings Lynn.
drowland (8547) - Georgia, USA - FEB 6, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
9/17/14. Bottle thanks to Gabe at a VORLAUF meeting, labeled as 2nd Anniversary. Golden pour with a nice off-white head, great lacing. Nice aroma, hoppy, plenty of citrus, pine, resiny, some sweet maltiness. Good flavor, hoppy, some pine, not too much bitterness, sweetness, caramel. Not bad.
superspak (5410) - Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Got in a BIF from ZebraCakez. 12 ounce bottle into lager glass; bottle dating is worn off. Pours hazy deep golden color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big lemon zest, orange peel, grapefruit, citrus rind, pine, herbal, floral, grass, cracker, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and light-moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, herbal, floral, grass, cracker, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, citrus rind, pine, cracker, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors with zero yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very excellent IPL style. All around great complexity and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
rjplumer (1064) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Grainy citrus malt aroma. Super think head that says "I’m not going anywhere!". Body is a hazy straw yellow color. Has an initial bitter blast that gets your attention. Citrus grain taste with a fruit tart likeness in the background I can’t identify.
malrubius (2836) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 10, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Brewtopia. Pure clear gold with lasting head and lace. Smells like a grassy ipa with some bread dough. MIld crackery sweetness with assertive citrus rind long bitterness. Medium body. Clean assertive carbo. A very good IPA for a lager.
tandembrauer (1451) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JAN 4, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2015 Rerate. Shared bottle at Cardinal (mandag i annen). Pours slightly hazy dark golden. Aroma of caramel, brown bread, lemon, pine needles. Tatse bitter-sweet with brown bread, citrus, and umami. Bitter and sweet aftertaste. High carbonation, some alcohol warmth.
Holmen1 (5700) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2015 0,33 flaske fra Kihoskh, på hytta 3.nyttårsdag: lett uklar gylden med superb skum som følger med hele veien ned, full pott både her, på aroma og smak: mango, citrus, tropiske frukter, alt i suveren harmoni. Lett bittersødme i den lette og elegante ettersmaken. En lekker øl, på etiketten står det "double ipl". Fra flaske på Mandag i annen, Cardinal mars-15: minst like god nå! De 100 IBU merkes ikke - maltkroppen holder det hele i suveren balanse. Imponerende rund og lettdrikkelig.
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: First enjoyed thanks to Jeff as "2nd Anniversary Lager". Again thanks to Alex, re-branded as Mass Rising. Review based on first sample. Liquid sunshine, golden-yellow & bright, lacking clarity but topped with a thick, soapy, beaming white head. Aroma of pines, white peppery spice, moderate dankness, a touch of cat pee, grapefruit peel, orange rind... Smells quite potent & bitter, full of hops. Flavor is full of pine & resin up front with a strong bitterness that is backed by the smallest of bready malt backbones. Oily hop leaves, citrus, grapefruit, orange; all still on the bitter side, but there’s a very faint hint of sweetness somewhere. Super clean & dry after each sip, perhaps due to the lager yeast? Hoppy citrus peel & cracker malt finish. Really tasty stuff.