Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 19, 2007
From a 750-ml bottle--Poured a ambiant orange-golden body. Bottle conditioned with a big two or three-finger fluffy white head. Nose of bready malts and gleefully floral grapefruit and lemon hops. Great multifarious English mouth feel with crisp spicy complexities. Finished balanced and quite desirable. Go for this one! jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - NOV 17, 2007
750ml caged & corked bottle. Poured a cloudy, deep orangey-gold with a huge, pillowy off-white head. As the head fades it disappears revealing layers of mountainous foam surrounded by bigger, soapy-looking bubbles. The aroma is green with hops - sticky and grassy from fresh, herbal hop leaves.There is also a note of yeast in the aroma. The flavor starts quite nice. The very beginning is bready with a touch of yeast and considerable zing on the tip of the tongue from the carbonation. Once the carbonation’s zip fades, there is a pleasant blend of fresh, earthy hops and sweet malts with a touch of honey and caramel. The middle of the tongue picks up a strong, earthy bitterness that persists into the finish. The finish is somewhat dry with some yeast, lots of sweet malts, and that earthy bitterness. The aftertaste is lightly hoppy. The mouthfeel is quite appropriate - despite being very well-carbonated, it does not feel too bubbly. The beer’s body is medium-full and rich, but suitably lightened by the bubbles. Overall, a very nice IPA - and very English. The only thing that I thought was strange was how incredibly grassy the aroma is - they must have used boatloads of Goldings dry-hops... After a whole pint, more fruit and hop flavors come through and the finish begins to distinguish itself as totally excellent. The grassy aroma and level of carbonation make the beer somewhat reminiscent of a Belgian Saison - like a Saison and IPA blended... Very good. sayravai (4710) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 16, 2007
(Bottled, 0.75l) Opaque orange-yellow with a small but firm and lasting, lacy head. Fruity and aromatic-hoppy, lemony-pine-orangey aroma with figs, vanilla and toffeeish maltiness. Quite original aroma, actually, and brings into mind the MufloNZPA. Orange-vanilla flavor with figs, oaky notes, lemony hops, and a dry, vanilla-oaky finish. Some saisony passion fruit notes, and a touch of Dulle Teve. The flavor also brings a memory of Innis & Gunn Oak Aged Beer. Very interesting. Medium-bodied, medium-carbonated, quite refreshing palate. Maybe slightly harsh and thin, but nevertheless a pretty complex and interesting IPA. Yeast flattens the flavor quite a bit, so you’d better leave it in the bottle until the very end. JK (6162) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2007
Nice but a little different from most made in the states. Lightly skunked aroma that kind of worked with the beer. Moderate hops throughout, in the aroma and flavor. They have a very light citrus flavor, overall make this a very drinkable ipa. It looks nice as well. Gold color and a sizable khaki colored head. RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2007
Pours a hazy copper with a white soapy head that dissolves into a real thin layer of foam. From the start it’s easy to tell how this beer doesn’t subscribe to the American hopping philosophy. The aroma is a bit floral and ever so slightly perfumy. A bit of pepper and ginger as well, and a sugar coated bread note. Super well rounded taste starts with a earthy sweetness with some toasted sweet bread, white chocolate and toffee and a gentle spicy and floral hop flavor. Finishes with a bittersweet earthy hop flavor, a bit of Christmas spice, and the floral qualities seem a little toasted. Very silky texture with a fairly weighty mouthfeel, low carbonation. I gotta say, the reviews made me sceptical of this beer, but I loved it. I shouldn’t be surprised at that, considering how much I love Twisted Thistle and it’s non-Pacific Northwest tendancies, but I’m still surprised. An excellent beer with a hell of a lot of flavor to offer.
krysztofar (344) - belleville, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2007
750ml. thanks jim, and tony! cloudy copper color with lots of fluffy light tan head stacking tall on top. sweeter grainy aroma with grass hop and pine coming through the most. a fuller and maltier IPA than most. hops are certainly a bid part of the flavor but not the main attraction as in many specimen. this a pleasant and well balanced english IPA that is probably not what hop heads would be after. however those who appreciate balance and tradition would love it. kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2007
I can’t tell you how disappointing this was....maybe I believed the advertising but I was extremely disappointed! Pours a cloudy orange with little to no head, it tastes ok but not as good as you’d expect. The words that popped into my mind were...raw and unaccomplished, more like an average homebrew than a commercial beer. It is citrusy and hoppy but it just doesn’t tie together well. KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2007
Bottle shared with Zinister. Pours a sharp cheddar orange with a nice, off-white head. Aroma is straw and grapefruit. Flavor is stale flower with blunt hops. Watery mouthfeel. Blech; proof that a corked bottle doesn’t mean what’s inside is worth a darn. Oh well. K-State beat the hell outta t.u. that day, so it wasn’t a total loss. Tejas (1006) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2007
Flowery & grapefruity. Good and hoppy but I don’t dig the sediment or yeast flavor. Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2007
Bottle. Murky light orange body with a ¼ inch dense head. Nose-clean, unsticky hops, mild dry fruits. Taste-medium bitter, soapy, over toasted malts, low to medium alcohol on the back end, biting CO2 on the back end, unsweet grapefruit, pear, light wood and tannins, low key sweetness, hop bitterness is just right. What can I say? It’s an English IPA. Everything is good and solid, just muted and low key. I imagine that this is what the original IPA’s tasted like. Not mind blowing but nice enough. Soapy, greasy mouthfeel.